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Refined performances of important Baroque repertory.

During his lifetime Purcell was seen as a grand, almost super-human figure who was entrusted to compose the large, ceremonial pieces for major court and public events: coronation anthems, royal welcome and birthday songs, the lavish semi-operas for the London stage, St. Cecilia Day odes, and so forth. But there was another side of Purcell that is revealed by this recording: the provider of vocal and instrumental music for private, domestic consumption - music of the highest quality, originally performed by professionals, but collected and published for a mainly amateur market. Sally Sanford, Brent Wissick and Raymond Erickson, the artists on this recording, first met in the late 1970s at the Aston Magna Academy, a cross-disciplinary program in seventeenth-and eighteenth-century culture which brings together each summer scholars and baroque music specialists to consider music in relation to the other arts. They have collaborated on many projects since that time. This recording is an outgrowth of the 1987 Aston Magna Academy, "The Culture of Restoration England."
Contents:
Henry Purcell, composer
Prelude from Suite No. 4 in A Minor
Brent Wissick, bass viol and baroque cello, Raymond Erickson, harpsichord and chamber organ

Henry Purcell, composer
Dear, pretty youth
Sally Sanford, soprano, Brent Wissick, bass viol and baroque cello, Raymond Erickson, harpsichord and chamber organ

Henry Purcell, composer
Music for a while
Sally Sanford, soprano, Brent Wissick, bass viol and baroque cello, Raymond Erickson, harpsichord and chamber organ

Henry Purcell, composer
I attempt from love's sickness to fly
Sally Sanford, soprano, Brent Wissick, bass viol and baroque cello, Raymond Erickson, harpsichord and chamber organ

Henry Purcell, composer
The New Irish Tune
Brent Wissick, bass viol and baroque cello, Raymond Erickson, harpsichord and chamber organ

Henry Purcell, composer
If music be the food of love
Sally Sanford, soprano, Brent Wissick, bass viol and baroque cello, Raymond Erickson, harpsichord and chamber organ

Henry Purcell, composer
Tell me, some pitying angel
Sally Sanford, soprano, Brent Wissick, bass viol and baroque cello, Raymond Erickson, harpsichord and chamber organ

Henry Purcell, composer
If love's a sweet passion
Sally Sanford, soprano, Brent Wissick, bass viol and baroque cello, Raymond Erickson, harpsichord and chamber organ

Henry Purcell, composer
Now that the sun hath veiled his light
Sally Sanford, soprano, Brent Wissick, bass viol and baroque cello, Raymond Erickson, harpsichord and chamber organ

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