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Posted by Martin Walker on August 5, 2013, 10:53 am
I would only like to add a small item of information to this splendid review. There is an earlier disc on Astrée from Jordi Savall and consort, which is very beautifully performed and interesting for its selection and notes by the learned Peter Holman. The number of the Sonate is limited: they play only 1, 2, 4, 7, 9 and 11, but also include the Suite No.1 from 1754, an earlier work of great interest. It sounds more like Dowland than the later sonatas, very stately and intimate even when (slightly) animated, and does not include parts for cornets etc found in the later works on the CD. I find it quite beautiful, especially the varied tempos in the penultimate movement, though it is rather retrograde for its date - think of what William Lawes had been doing by the 1740s! In contrast the Sinfonia seconda from 1667 sounds almost Purcellian.
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