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The English Orpheus - A Series of English Discoveries 1600-1800

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
As fine a series of recordings as has been made in the digital era, Peter Holman's The English Orpheus with his Parley of Instruments is a brilliant, moving, and revelatory series of recordings illuminating the greatness of English music between 1600 and 1800. And if the phrase greatness of English music sounds absurd, which in too many Germanically trained ears it will, all one can suggest is listening to this marvelous collection drawn from the first 28 discs in The English Orpheus. There is joy and grandeur in William Croft's "Jubilate," wit and whimsy in Robert Johnson's "Satyr's Dance," depth and devotion in Thomas Roseingrave's "Voluntary," smutty humor Charles ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
As fine a series of recordings as has been made in the digital era, Peter Holman's The English Orpheus with his Parley of Instruments is a brilliant, moving, and revelatory series of recordings illuminating the greatness of English music between 1600 and 1800. And if the phrase greatness of English music sounds absurd, which in too many Germanically trained ears it will, all one can suggest is listening to this marvelous collection drawn from the first 28 discs in The English Orpheus. There is joy and grandeur in William Croft's "Jubilate," wit and whimsy in Robert Johnson's "Satyr's Dance," depth and devotion in Thomas Roseingrave's "Voluntary," smutty humor Charles Dibdin's "So, there she lies upon the floor" from the opera "The Ephesian Matron," and profound emotion magnificently expressed in Jeremiah Clarke's "And see, Apollo has unstrung his lyre" from his "Ode on the Death of Purcell." Every singer and ever player sings and plays with the excitement of discovery and the overwhelming urge to communicate. Hyperion's digital sound is exemplary: detailed, warm, vivid, and real.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/1994
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571100166
  • Catalog Number: 10016

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Curtain Tune, for string orchestra, in C major - Matthew Locke & Peter Holman (3:50)
  2. 2 Mary O'Neill (Carolan's Favorite Jig): Symphony, Verse and Chorus - Turlough O'Carolan & Andrew Burden (2:59)
  3. 3 Satyr's Dance for ensemble (doubtful) - Thomas Simpson & Robert Johnson (2:26)
  4. 4 Morlake Ground, for keyboard - John Blow & Peter Holman (3:22)
  5. 5 'Tis only no harm to know it, you know - William Shield & Peter Holman (2:10)
  6. 6 Concerti (6) in seven parts: Concerto No 06 in B flat major: Affettuoso - Capel Bond & Roy Goodman (2:05)
  7. 7 So spake the god. . . There in old Arden's inmost shade - Thomas Linley (The Younger) & Julia Gooding (3:39)
  8. 8 Concerto for keyboard in D major, Op 1/06: Andante - James Hook & Peter Holman (3:15)
  9. 9 Where the bee sucks, Op 11/6 (after Thomas Arne) - William Jackson & Julia Gooding (3:54)
  10. 10 Tell me, lovely shepherd - William Boyce & Roy Goodman (3:24)
  11. 11 Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in B flat major: Giga - Thomas Arne & Peter Holman (3:16)
  12. 12 The Ephesian Matron; or, The Widow's Tears, a comic serenata: So, there she lies upon the floor...If I was a wif - Charles Dibdin & Peter Holman (3:27)
  13. 13 Trumpet Tune ("Cibell") for harpsichord in C major, ZT 678 - Henry Purcell & Peter Holman (1:17)
  14. 14 Tu es Petrus, motet for 8 voices - Winchester Cathedral Choir & Peter Philips (3:13)
  15. 15 Aria del Gran Duca Ferdinando di Toscana, for consort in 5 parts - Peter Philips & Peter Holman (2:04)
  16. 16 Fantasia a 3 (Music for the Double Bass), No.1, MB16 - Orlando Gibbons & Peter Holman (4:49)
  17. 17 Fantasia-Air Set, for 3 parts No. 2 in A minor, MB78/12 (VdGS Group 7, No. 2): Fantasia - John Jenkins & Peter Holman (3:20)
  18. 18 Salvator Mundi for chorus - John Blow & Peter Holman (2:32)
  19. 19 Solo [Sonata] for violin & continuo in E major - Thomas Arne & Peter Holman (4:07)
  20. 20 Concerto in Seven Parts, for strings No. 2 in B minor, Op. 2/2: Concerto No 02 in B minor: Allegro - John Stanley & Mark Caudle (3:45)
  21. 21 Jesu auctor clementie, motet for 3 voices, 4 strings & continuo - Matthew Locke & Philip Cave (2:14)
  22. 22 Voluntary in G minor - Thomas Roseingrave & Peter Holman (2:30)
  23. 23 Pavan and Galliard for 5 instruments - Augustine Bassano & Peter Holman (2:17)
  24. 24 O Jonathan, woe is me, sacred madrigal for 6 voices - Winchester Cathedral Choir & Thomas Weelkes (2:48)
  25. 25 Come, Come Along for a Dance and A Song, ode: And see, Apollo has unstrung his lyre...,Mr. Purce - Jeremiah Clarke & Roy Goodman (3:13)
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