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Bertil van Boer
Fanfare, September 2012

Not much needs to be said about this rerelease. The performances are lively and precise, with the musicality of the dances coming through with no difficulties whatsoever. The sound is crystal-clear, the tempos nicely done, and the playing cannot be faulted…I am quite fond of the two chaconnes, one in King Arthur and the other in The Fairy Queen; it has always been fascinating that Purcell could be so imitative of the French style of Lully in these ostinato pieces and yet have them appear to be so English. They are not effete, nor are they pretentious, but rather they are exacting in the measure of the dance.

If you haven’t purchased this for your collection, I would recommend that you do so, for this is music that will always delight the ears and evoke an age of English musical renewal by one of the great composers of the British realms. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review





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