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  • Orchestra: The Parley of Instruments
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Composer: Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000026BOK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Suites from various plays - 37 tracks on 1 CD - Henry Purcell

Product Description

Suite from the play Abdelazer Z570 - Timon of Athens Z632/1, 20 (extr.) - Suite from the play The Gordion Knot Unty'd Z597 - Suite from the play Bonduca Z574 - Chacony in G minor Z730 - Suite from the play The Virtuous Wife Z611 / The Parley of Instruments, dir. Peter Holman

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julian Hughes on 20 April 2013
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This is a very nicely played and recorded set but might be of more interest to students of theatre or music history than to the general listener. I definitely fall into the latter camp and, while I don't have anything at all negative to say about this CD, I get far more enjoyment from Purcell's anthems, operas, organ works and so on. I've listened to this several times but have, so far, failed to achieve the kind of deeply contented languor so unabashedly displayed by Nell Gwynn on the CD's cover. I fear I am missing something. I even tried listening after adopting the same pose and garb as Miss Gwynn but the other passengers complained to the driver who ripped out my earphones, turned the air blue, and threw me off the bus. Whither the aesthete?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful, very welcome budget re-issue on Helios of the original, widely-admired Hyperion recording. It contains much of Purcell's hugely enjoyable music for the theatre (including the famous Rondeau from Abdelazer on which Britten based his Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra). The music is typical of Purcell - full of melody and harmonic invention, making it hugely enjoyable while not being in any way superficial or trivial - and the musicianship of the Parley of Instruments is simply brilliant. The players include Crispian Steele-Perkins, Pavlo Beznosiuk and Mark Caudle and these stars of the Baroque produce something really special. The dances really dance and the more reflective pieces shine with beauty and depth. It's a delight from start to finish.

The recording quality is of Hyperion's normal excellent standard, giving a fabulous lustre particularly to the bass viol and theorbo and a real sparkle to Steele-Perkins's natural trumpet, and the overall sound of the disc is truly seductive. I return to it again and again with enormous pleasure. At this price you've very little to lose and I recommend it extremely warmly.
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By richard denys on 3 Jan. 2014
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A CD that repays careful listening. Don't let the beautiful dance music just wash over you ! a must for all Purcell fans. An excellent recording at budget price.
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By JCPC on 15 Nov. 2014
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A splendid collection of Purcell's work, well played on traditional instruments.
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