Circa 1700: Purcell & his Generation

Circa 1700: Purcell & his Generation

Dab hands at music of the period, this ensemble are wonderful guides to the elegant world of Henry Purcell and his contemporaries. Sonatas in various guises provide the thread that links these composers: Alongside Purcell, there’s music by Godfrey Finger, William Croft, John Blow and Daniel Purcell (believed to be Henry’s younger brother or cousin). London in 1700 was a meeting point for musicians from all over Europe, and this music teems with life and Continental influence—all relished by these French artists, who play with a lovely sense of fantasy and the true spirit of chamber music.

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