New Recording on the Chandos label: Musical London c. 1700

Musical London c. 1700Philippa Hyde soprano
Judy Tarling violin
Oliver Webber violin
Mark Caudle bass viol & violoncello
Peter Holman harpsichord & chamber organ

  1. Giovanni Battista Draghi (d. 1708): ‘Where art thou, God of Dreams?’ from Romulus and Hersilia (1682)
  2. *Giovanni Battista Draghi: Trio Sonata in G minor
  3. Henry Purcell: ‘Tell me, some pitying angel’ (The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation) Z196 (1693)
  4. *Raphael Courteville (fl. c. 1675-1735): ‘Creep softly, purling streams’ (1687)
  5. Nicola Matteis (fl. c.1675-90): Suite in D minor (1687)
  6. *William Croft (1678-1727): ‘For rural and sincerer joys’
  7. *John Weldon (1676-1736): Suite in D minor
  8. *George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), reconstructed by Peter Holman: Venus and Adonis HWV85 (c. 1711)
  9. *John Christopher Pepusch (1667-1752): Sonata in D major ‘Smallcoal’
  10. *Nicola Francesco Haym (1678-1729): ‘Have mercy on me, O God’ (1716)

* = first recording

‘This is a beautifully planned and performed recital that deserves a more enticing title. There is one piece of Purcell (The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation) and one of, perhaps, Handel (Venus and Adonis) but for the rest we are offered an illuminating tour of what can seem the 15 year black hole between them. Few people know this territory as well as Peter Holman, and here he and his colleagues offer seven first recordings, many musical gems and lots of pure pleasure. The ensemble playing is never less than superb. Philippa Hyde sings with a full sound, though not in a way that conflicts with the clean instrumental timbres. She certainly has the agility required by several of the songs and the sensitivity to do one of the best ends to the BVE that I have heard. As a bonus, the recorded sound also struck me as very good. So don’t be put off by the title. There are some real gems here, including a Chandos anthem that isn’t by Handel.’ (David Hansell, Early Music Review)

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