Recordings

The Parley has recorded several hundred pieces on the highly respected Hyperion label.

From Fanfare magazine:
‘Were there to be any real justice in this world, Hyperion boss Ted Perry and his musical advisor Peter Holman would each receive a knighthood for the incalculable service they have rendered to English music with the English Orpheus series. It is a project that has nearly single-handedly rescued the nation’s music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries from the ignorant opprobrium of generations of music historians.’
The Parley has also made more than sixty broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.

Recordings on Hyperion’s English Orpheus Series

Series Director: Peter Holman
‘An enterprising series which is fast becoming one of the most important recording projects in this country for years’….A plethora of revalatory releases’ ( The Musical Times) ‘Among the many contributions Hyperion records have made to musical life, one of the most valuable has been their English Orpheus series’ (Gramophone)

Vol 1 – John Stanley Concertos
JOHN STANLEY (1712-1786) Six Concertos in Seven Parts, Op 2
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS BAROQUE ORCHESTRA / ROY GOODMAN
CDA66338
‘An attractive record, well worth trying’ (Gramophone) ‘Great sound and warmly recommended’ (Fanfare, USA)

Vol 2 – Boyce’s Solomon
WILLIAM BOYCE (1711-1779) Solomon, A Serenata
BRONWEN MILLS soprano, HOWARD CROOK tenor, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN
CDA66378
‘A delightful disc’ (The Guardian) ‘A delicious discovery. Music of thrilling sensuality’ (The Sunday Times) ‘The 76 minutes pass all too quickly for this enthralled listener’ (American Record Guide)
CD COMPACT AWARD, SPAIN

Vol 3 – Matthew Locke Anthems, Motets and Ceremonial Music
MATTHEW LOCKE (c1621-1677) Descende coelo; How doth the city; O be joyful; Audi Domine; Jesu auctor clementie; Super flumina Babylonis; Be thou exhalted Lord; Lord, let me know my end
CHOIR OF NEW COLLEGE, OXFORD, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / EDWARD HIGGINBOTTOM
CDA66373
‘Stylishly performed and intelligently directed’ (Early Music) ‘La interpretación es excelente’ (Scherzo, Spain)

Vol 4 – Music for Prince Charles – Fantasias and Dances by Gibbons and Lupo
ORLANDO GIBBONS Fantasias ‘for the Great Double Bass’, THOMAS LUPO Fantasies and Fantasy-airs a 3 and 4
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS RENAISSANCE VIOLIN CONSORT / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66395
‘Make no mistake, this is music which proclaims it greatness in every bar’ (CDReview) ‘The playing of the Parley is all that could be wished’ (Fanfare, USA)

Vol 6 – An Englishman Abroad
THOMAS SIMPSON (1582-?1628) Consort Music from Opus newer Paduanen, Opusculum newer Paduanen and Taffel-Consort
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66435
‘The sort of recording upon which Hyperion may rest its reputation: a superbly played, recorded and produced exploration of a musical nook heretofore little known but promising much pleasure to the listener. This delicious music is beautifully and skillfully rendered by Holman’s players’ (Fanfare, USA)

Vol 7 – Thomas Arne Concertos
THOMAS ARNE (1710-1778`) Six Favourite Concertos for organ, harpsichord, or piano forte
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS BAROQUE ORCHESTRA / PAUL NICHOLSON
CDA66509
‘A fascinating issue’ (CDReview) ‘Should afford plenty of enjoyment. Recommended’ (Gramophone) ‘Delightful music in delightful performances with outstanding sound. Highly recommended.’ (Fanfare, USA)

Vol 8 – Capel Bond Concertos
CAPEL BOND (1730-1790) Six Concertos in Seven Parts (1766)
SALLY JACKSON bassoon, CRISPIAN STEELE-PERKINS trumpet, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN
CDA66467
‘It is difficult to conceive of more stylish playing or more sympathetic recording…This perfect disc offers frequent unexpected delights’ (Hi Fi News) ‘Wonderfully attractive’ (American Record Guide)

Vol 11 – Late Consort Music by John Jenkins
JOHN JENKINS (1592-1678) Lyra Consort in C (The Six Bells); Suite in G; Fantasia Suites for 2 violins and 2 bass viols: No 2 in A minor; No 6 in F; No 8 in D; Fantasia Suites for 3 violins: No 6 in F; No 8 in C; No 10 in E minor
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS RENAISSANCE VIOLIN CONSORT / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66604
‘The Parley…play superbly well, their sprung, alert performances bringing the music sparklingly alive. This really is life-enhancing stuff which will lever the cares of the world off your shoulders’ (CDReview)

Vol 12 – Odes on the Death of Henry Purcell
JEREMIAH CLARKE Come, come along; HENRY HALL Yes, my Aminta, ‘tis too true; GODFREY FINGER Suite in G minor (‘Farewell’); JOHN BLOW Mark how the lark and linnett sing; THOMAS MORGAN Mr H Purcell’s Farewell Tune
RUTH HOLTON soprano, ROGERS COVEY-CRUMP tenor, CHARLES DANIELS tenor, SIMON BIRCHALL bass, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN, PETER HOLMAN
CDA66578
‘Inventive and moving music performed with great affection’ (BBC Record Review) ‘Highly recommended’ (Organists’ Review) ‘Recording and presentation are exemplary’ (Gramophone)

Vol 14 – A Lyric Ode on the Spirits of Shakespeare
THOMAS LINLEY the youger (1756-1778) ‘A Lyric Ode on the Fairies, Aerial Beings and Witches of Shakespeare’
LORNA ANDERSON, JULIA GOODING soprano, RICHARD WISTREICH bass, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA / PAUL NICHOLSON
CDA66613
‘There are few discs I expect to enjoy half as much in this year’s listening. Very enjoyable, unpretentious music; a disc very well worth trying’ (Gramophone)
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR’S CHOICE
DIAPASON D’OR, FRANCE

Vol 15 – Croft Te Deum & Burial Service
WILLIAM CROFT (1678-1727) Te Deum and Jubilate in D; Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; The Burial Service
ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL CHOIR, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / JOHN SCOTT
CDA66606
‘The Pauline acoustics are captured to great effect. The notes are helpful and texts are printed. With little competition this will fill a Croft slot on the shelf very satisfactorily’ (Fanfare, USA) ‘This is choral singing of the highest quality’ (Choir and Organ)

Vol 17 – Motets by Peter Philips
PETER PHILIPS (c1560/1-1628) Ecce vicit Leo; O quam suavis est I, II; Tristitia vestra; Tibi laus, tibi gloria; Ave Jesu Christe; Tu es Petrus; O crux splendidior; Christus resurgens; Salve regina; Cantantibus organis Cecilia; Ascendit Deus; Hodie concepta est; Litania duodecima
WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CHOIR, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / DAVID HILL
CDA66643
‘This is a revelation! This wonderful programme….of astonishingly rich diversity, vibrantly performed. This record is a must for any lover of choral music of the period’ (Organists’ Review) ‘It may be a while before you hear anything as glorious as this…tremendous stuff, and will instantly reward the investigative listener’ (CDReview) ‘The most sheerly glorious sound you are likely to come across in years’ (Fanfare, USA)

Vol 19 – Four and Twenty Fiddlers: Music for the Restoration Court Band
BANISTER The Music at the Bath; LOCKE Curtain Tune in C; Suite of Brawles in B flat; Suite in G minor; Curtain Tune in D major; LOCKE/SMITH Incidental music for ‘The Tempest’; GRABU Incidental music from ‘Valentinian’; Concert of Venus from ‘Albion and Albanius’; PURCELL The Staircase Overture; Chacony in G minor;
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS RENAISSANCE VIOLIN BAND / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66667
‘A marvellous introduction to the instrumental world in which Purcell grew up’ (Early Music Review) ‘It is fascinating to hear for the first time music by Banister and Grabu and Purcell’s recently discovered Staircase Overture’ (Gramophone)
GRAMOPHONE CRITICS’ CHOICE

Vol 20 – Awake my Lyre
JOHN BLOW (1649-1708) Awake my lyre (Oxford Academic Ode, 1678/9); Salvator mundi; Paratum cor meum; Sonata in A; Poor Celadon, he sighs; Musik’s the cordial of a troubled breast; Go, perjur’d man; Chloe found Amintas lying all in tears; Ground in G minor; Septinnius and Acme; Gloria patri, qui creavit; Sing, ye Muses; Help, father Abraham (Dives and Abraham)
RED BYRD, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66658
‘Another revelatory disc in Hyperion’s wonderful ‘English Orpheus’ series…Treasures to savour from a fine composer’ (British Music Society Journal) ‘First rate. Add to the excellent performances a clear, balanced recorded sound, and you have a highly recommended disc’ (In Tune, Japan) ‘Red Byrd’s recordings have been consistently superb…and this recording is no exception’ (Fanfare, USA) ‘Delightful’ (Gramophone)

Vol 22 – English Eighteenth-century Keyboard Concertos
HANDEL Chaconne in G major (original version); Two-Organ Concerto Movement in D minor (original version); ROSEINGRAVE Organ Concerto in D; CHILCOT Organ Concerto in A, Op 2/2; NARES Sonata in G; HAYES Piano Concerto No 4 in A; HOOK Concerto in D, Op 1/5
PAUL NICHOLSON harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS
CDA66700
‘A delightful project’ (The Times)

Vol 23 – Purcell’s London
JOHN ECCLES Symphony for Mercury; NICOLA MATTEIS Divisions in D minor; THOMAS BALTZAR Pavan and Galliard in C; JOHN BLOW Chaconne in G; GODFREY KELLER Trumpet Sonata in D; WILLIAM CROFT Suite from The Twin Rivals; HENRY PURCELL Cibell in C; ANON Violin Sonata in D
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN, PETER HOLMAN
CDA66108
‘The fascinating titles do not disappoint. A diverse and entertaining mix, very well presented’ (Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)
GRAMOPHONE CRITICS’ CHOICE

Vol 24 – Consort Music by Peter Philips (c1561-1628)
Pavans and Galliards; Aria del Gran Duca; Balla d’amore; Divisions on the Dolorosa Pavan and other sixteenth-century music composed or arranged by Peter Philips and his contemporaries
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS RENAISSANCE VIOLIN CONSORT / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66240
‘An important record both musically and historically’ (American Record Guide) ‘Strongly recommended’ (Musical Opinion) ‘This was a record we needed’ (Gramophone)
GRAMOPHONE CRITICS’ CHOICE

Vol 26 – Matthew Locke’s ‘Broken Consort’ Suites
MATTHEW LOCKE (c1621-1677) ‘The Broken Consort’ Part 1; Duos for Two Bass Viols; Fantasia and Corant in D minor
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS RENAISSANCE VIOLIN CONSORT / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66727
‘Authoritative performances of some very important chamber music for strings…there is no doubting [Locke’s] mastery and his greatness. This recording should find him the audience he richly merits’ (Early Music Review)

Vol 30 – Cantatas and theatre music by Thomas Linley
THOMAS LINLEY the younger (1756-1778) Music for The Tempest; Overture to The Duenna; In yonder grove; Ye nymphs of Albion’s beauty; Daughter of Heav’n, fair art thou (Darthula)
JULIA GOODING soprano, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS BAROQUE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR / PAUL NICHOLSON
CDA66767
‘The irresistible music will compel you to acquire this recording’ (Early Music Review) ‘An outstanding disc in trail-blazing series: highly recommended’ (BBC Music Magazine)

Vol 31 – Odes to St Cecilia
JOHN BLOW (1649-1708) The glorious day is come (St Cecilia Ode, 1691); GIOVANNI BATTISTA DRAGHI (c1640-1708) From harmony, from heavenly harmony (St Cecilia Ode, 1687)
SUZIE LE BLANC soprano, PHILIPPA HYDE soprano, MICHAEL CHANCE countertenor, JOSEPH CORNWELL tenor, JOZIK KOC bass, RICHARD WISTREICH bass, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66770
‘As ever, the disc is a revelation…Once heard this infectious music is not easily forgotten, which is a tribute to the enthusiasm and conviction of the performances’ (Classic CD)
HIGHLY COMMENDED, PREMIO INTERNAZIONALE DEL DISCO ‘ANTONIO VIVALDI’

Vol 32 – Anthems by John Blow
JOHN BLOW (1649-1708) God spake sometime in visions; How doth the city sit solitary; The Lord is my shepherd; God is our hope and strength; I beheld, and lo, a great multitude; Turn thee unto me, O Lord; Blessed is the man that hath not walked; Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle; O Lord I have sinned; O give thanks unto the Lord; O Lord, Thou hast searched me out; Cry aloud and spare not; Lift up your heads; I said in the cutting off of my days
ROBIN BLAZE countertenor, JOSEPH CORNWELL, WILLIAM KENDALL tenor, STEPHEN VARCOE, STEPHEN ALDER, baritone, WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CHOIR, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / DAVID HILL
2 Compact Discs CDA67031/2
‘thoughtful, expressive singing (backed up by the lively playing of the Parley of Instruments)’ (Classic CD) ‘One of the richest of all contributions to the excellent English Orpheus series’ (Gramophone)

Vol 33 – Arne’s Artaxerxes
THOMAS ARNE (1710-1778) Artaxerxes
CHRISTOPHER ROBSON Artaxerxes, CATHERINE BOTT Mandane, PATRICIA SPENCE Arbaces, IAN PARTRIDGE Artabanes, RICHARD EDGAR-WILSON Rimenes, PHILIPPA HYDE Semira, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN
2 Compact Discs CDA67051/2
‘Rich orchestrations, virtuaoso vocal parts and captivating tunes…A work of many charms’ (BBC Music Magazine) ‘This sparkling performance readily explains whyArne’s opera was such a success when first produced at Covent Garden in 1762. Roy Goodman’s direction is inspired’ (Edward Greenfield, The Guardian) ‘One of the year’s greatest operatic recordings’ (Classic CD)
GRAMOPHONE CRITICS’ CHOICE

Vol 34 – English Classical String Quartets
CARL FRIEDRICH ABEL Quartet in A, Op 8 No 5; WILLIAM SHIELD Quartet Op 3 No 6 in C minor; JOHN MARSH Quartet in B flat major; SAMUEL WESLEY Quartet in E flat; SAMUEL WEBBE Jr Variations on ‘Adeste fideles’
THE SALOMON QUARTET
CDA66780
‘played with all the Salomon’s usual assuredness and musicality….not to be missed by chamber music lovers’ (Early Music Review) ‘Fresh and entertaining’ (BBC Music Magazine) ‘This CD is something of a revelation’ (Gramophone)

Vol 35 – Sound the Trumpet
HENRY PURCELL Symphony in D from The Yorkshire Feast Song; Symphony in C from The Indian Queen; Symphony in C from King Arthur; WILLIAM CORBETT Suite in D, Op 3/7; JAMES PAISIBLE Sonata in D; JOHN ECCLES Suite for the Queen’s Coronation; GODFREY FINGER 3 Sonatas in C; JOHN BARRETT Sonata in D; WILLIAM CROFT Overture in D from Musicus apparatus
MARK BENNETT, MICHAEL LAIRD trumpets, FRANK DE BRUINE oboe, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66817
‘a thoughtfully planned disc…Expertly directed and stylishly played…highly recommended’ (BBC Music Magazine) ‘Another feather in the English Orpheus’s cap’ (Classic CD) ‘Benefitting from Peter Holman’s energetic and imaginative direction, Hyperion’s admirable series ‘The English Orpheus’ progresses apace’ (Christopher Field, The Consort) ‘Excellent recording. Strongly recommended’ (Fanfare)

Vol 36 – A High-Priz’d Noise – Music for Charles I’s Violin Band
MAURICE WEBSTER Alman, Galliard, Echoes 1 & 2; ROBERT JOHNSON The Temporiser; The Witty Wanton; The Prince’s Masque; The Prince’s Coranto; Ayre; Fantasia in G minor; WILLIAM LAWES Alman a 5; Suite in C; ANGELO NOTARI Divisions on the Ruggiero; STEPHEN NAU Pavan and Galliard in D minor; Suite in F; Ballet in F; ALFONSO FERRABOSCO the younger Pavan and Alman in C
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS RENAISSANCE VIOLIN BAND / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66806
‘this fascinating anthology presents an era of music which merits far greater attention than hitherto….An outstanding combination of technical excellence and interpretative flair’ (Classic CD) ‘one of the finest discs I have heard in a very long time. Congratulations to all concerned!’ (HC Robbins Landon, BBC Music Magazine) ‘marshalled with a degree of characterization that gleefully extricates this music from dusty library shelves.’ (Gramophone) ‘The Parley of Instruments plays with rhythmic vitality that brings this…music to life once again. Their…collection, representing musical scholarship in its highest and most practical form, should appeal broadly… Warmly recommended’(Fanfare)

Vol 37 – English Classical Violin Concertos
LINLEY Concerto in F; SHAW Concerto in D; BROOKS Concerto in G; WESLEY Concerto no. 2 in D
ELIZABETH WALLFISCH violin, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66865
‘full of wonderful music….excellently persuasive performances’ (Classic CD) ‘this disc proves as delightful as it is surprising. …Elizabeth Wallfisch…with all her customary verve and brilliance: there is a captivating sponteneity about the playing, an expressive piquancy, that compels attention throughout.’ (Early Music Review) ‘These concertos…should attract the attention of all who care about the development of the violin repertoire…highly recommended’ (Fanfare)
GRAMOPHONE CRITICS’ CHOICE

Vol 38 – Boyce Trio Sonatas
WILLIAM BOYCE (1710-1779)
Sonata No 1 in A minor; Sonata No 2 in F major;
Sonata No 3 in A major; Sonata No 4 in G minor;
Sonata No 5 in D major; Sonata No 6 in B flat major;
Sonata No 7 in D minor; Sonata No 8 in E flat major;
Sonata No 9 in C major; Sonata No 10 in E minor;
Sonata No 11 in C minor; Sonata No 12 in G major;
Sonata No 13 in A minor; Sonata No 14 in F major;
Sonata No 15 in D major
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS BAROQUE ORCHESTRA/THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS/PETER HOLMAN
2 Compact Discs CDA67151/2
‘Attractive music performed with skill’ (Classic CD) ‘attractive and utteerly convincing. The performances….show intelligence and an unfailing sense of style’ (Gramophone) ‘highly praiseworthy – and highly recommended’ (Fanfare)

Vol 39 – English Clarinet Concertos
JAMES HOOK Clarinet concerto in E flat major JC BACH Concerted Symphony in E flat major for two clarinets and bassoon; JOHN MAHON Clarinet Concerto No 2 in F; Duet No 1 in F; Duet No 4 in B flat
COLIN LAWSON, MICHAEL HARRIS clarinets, basset horns, ANDREW WATTS bassoon THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS/PETER HOLMAN
CDA66896
‘Colin Lawson’s ever-characterful virtuosity’(Early Music Review) ‘startling virtuoso passages, brilliantly executed by Colin Lawson. Praise is due also to Peter Holman and the Parley of Instruments, who play with great vitality’ (BBC Music Magazine) ‘This disc is delightful from beginning to end. … I can virtually guarantee that it will make you feel better.’(Fanfare) ‘dazzlingly played…by Colin Lawson. Virtuousity, coupled with a depth and richness of tone… Excellent orchestral playing under Peter Holman’ (Gramophone)

Vol 40 – While Shepherds Watched
Christmas music from English parish churches and chapels, 1740-1820
BEESLY, CLARK, FOSTER, SMITH While shepherds watched their flocks by night; ANON/ASHWORTH Let an anthem of praise; HELLENDAAL Pastorale; ANON/BUTTS Hark! how all the welkin rings; Hush! my dear, lie still and slumber; KEY As shepherds watched their fleecy care; ARNOLD, HANDEL/MILLER Hark! the herald angels sing; JARMAN There were shepherds abiding in the field; WESLEY Rondo on ‘God rest you merry gentlemen’, MATTHEWS Angels from the realms of glory; HANDEL/TAYLOR Hymning seraphs wake the morning
PSALMODY, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS/ PETER HOLMAN
CDA66924
‘Holman’s collection, ably realised by the singers and period players…touchingly recaptures the honest, homespun fervour of the “English mastersingers”’(BBC Music Magazine) ‘At the top of my Christmas list…stylish and hearty’ ( Methodist Recorder) ‘irresistible.. Hark the Herald Angels will never sound the same.’ ( The Times) ‘Much to delight, enlighten and amuse. ..performance uniformly excellent’ ( BBC Radio 3 Record Review) ’a splendid and varied program of energetic music that is great fun to hear’ (American Record Guide)

Vol 41 – Boyce Theatre Music
WILLIAM BOYCE (1710-1779)
Peleus and Thetis; Music for Florizel and Perdita; Corydon and Miranda; The Dirge from Romeo and Juliet
JULIA GOODING, PHILIPPA HYDE sopranos, ROBIN BLAZE countertenor, JOSEPH CORNWELL tenor, ANDREW DALE-FORBES bass, JILLY BOND, JACK EDWARDS narrators,OPERA RESTOR’D / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66935
‘yet another disc essential to anyone interested in English music’ (Early Music Review)

Vol 42 – Musique of Violenze
Dances, Fantasias and Popular Tunes for Queen Elizabeth’s Violin Band
EDWARD BLANKES, WILLIAM BYRD, EDWARD JOHNSON, JOSEPH LUPO,THOMAS MORLEY ROBERT PARSONS, FRANCESCO ROGNONI, NICHOLAS STROGERS and CLEMENT WOODCOCK
including Dances from The Arundel Part-Books and The Wigthorpe Manuscript
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS RENAISSANCE VIOLIN CONSORT / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66929
‘Beautifully and (rightly) indulgently played, this is both a lovely disc and an instructive one, that opens our eyes to an unexpected aspect of England’s rich musical scene in the later 16th century’ (BBC Music Magazine)

Vol 43 – Hark! hark! the lark
Music for Shakespeare’s company
JOHN ATKINS, JOHN HILTON, SIMON IVES, ROBERT JOHNSON, WILLIAM LAWES, JOHANN SCHOP, THOMAS SIMPSON, ROBERT TAYLOR, JOHN WILSON CATHERINE BOTT, JULIA GOODING. soprano, JOSEPH CORNWELL tenor, STEPHEN VARCOE baritone THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS/PETER HOLMAN
CDA66836
‘This is one of the most enjoyable of the English Orpheus series. …I will be surprised if I find anything this year to outclass Catherine Bott’s hushed ‘Care charming sleep’. (Early Music Review) ‘performances are uniformly superb…Full marks to Peter Holman and team for this delightful entertainment’ (BBC Music Magazine)

Vol 44 – Vital spark of Heav’nly Flame
Music of Death and Resurrection from English parish churches, 1760-1840
HARWOOD Vital Spark of Heav’nly Flame; GREATOREX This is the day the Lord hath made; PIXELL When rising from a bed of death; WAINWRIGHT The Lord is risen; TAYLOR Alas! And did my Saviour bleed?; Yes! the Redeemer rose; Angels roll the rock away; HARINGTON I heard a voice from heaven; HANDEL/MILLER Unveil thy bosom, faithful tomb; JARVIS Christ being raised from the dead; WESLEY Might I in thy sight appear; HANDEL/WESLEY Rejoice, the Lord is King; HAYDN/GARDINER O Lord, what is man!; FAWCETT Spirit, leave thine house of clay!; Now is Christ risen from the dead
PSALMODY, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS/PETER HOLMAN
CDA67020
‘Yet again, Peter Holman’s scholarship offers a fascinating glimpse of a neglected repertoire. …an intriguing insight into the work of amateur choirs in Georgian England’ (BBC Music Magazine) ‘an utterly fascinating disc…splendidly direct and committed performances’ (Brian Robins)

Vol 45 – The Song of Moses
THOMAS LINLEY the younger (1756-1778)
The Song of Moses – Oratorio for Drury Lane Theatre 1777 Let God Arise – Anthem for the Three Choirs Festival 1773
JULIA GOODING, SOPHIE DANEMAN soprano, ANDREW KING tenor, ANDREW DALE-FORBES bass, with ROBIN BLAZE alto HOLST SINGERS / STEPHEN LAYTON
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDA67038
‘…enormous power and dramatic impact. … Holman directs with fervour and an obvious belief in this splendid music. …another essential English Orpheus release.’ (Early Music Review) ‘one of the best finds yet in Hyperion’s English Orpheus Series’ (The Gramophone)

Vol 46 – The Noble Bass Viol
PURCELL Chaconne; HELY Sonata in G minor; GORTON Suite in F; DRAGHI The Italian Ground; FINGER Sonata no 2 in D, Suite in D, Pastorale in A; CONTI ‘Ungrateful cruel maid’ from Clotilda; CORELLI Sonata in G; HANDEL Sonata in G minor; BOCCHI Sonata in D minor; attr. HANDEL Sonata in G minor
MARK CAUDLE / THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS
CDA67088

Vol 47 – Fairest Isle, a New National Songbook
Popular songs from the eighteenth century
ARNE, BARSANTI, CAREY, RICHARD CLARKE, JEREMIAH CLARKE, DIBDIN, HOOK, HANDEL, PURCELL, SHIELD, VERNON, ANON & ANON arr. ARNE, J.C.BACH, PEPUSCH
CATHERINE BOTT soprano, JOSEPH CORNWELL tenor
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PSALMODY/PETER HOLMAN
CDA67115
‘a winning disc’ (The Independent) ‘The Parley of Instruments plays as if for the joy of it’ (Gramophone)

Vol 48 – Haydn and his English Friends
The Six Psalms of 1794 and English Parish Church Music
JOSEPH HAYDN Six Psalms 1794, What Art Expresses, The Emperor’s Hymn; CHARLES BURNEY Tell us, O Women; JOHAN ARNOLD DAHMEN Hear my prayer, O thou that dwellest, Ye winged inhabitants; JOHN FOSTER The God of Gods; HAYDN arr. WILLIAM GARDINER Give to God our thankful songs; WILLIAM SHIELD My God, my King; JOHN STAFFORD SMITH Horrible is the end; SAMUEL WEBBE SENIOR Where, Lord shall I my refuge see?
PSALMODY / THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDA67150

Vol 49 – Nativity
Christmas Music from Georgian England
FAWCETT OF BOLTON Strike! seraphs, strike your harps of gold; STEPHENSON OF POOLE: Arise and hail the sacred day; MARSH: The branch, the mighty branch behold; ANON arr. RIDER OF MANCHESTER: Joy to the world; Come celebrate; COOKE: Angelic hymns thy natal day proclaim; ANON arr. NICHOLSON: Fantasia on ‘Adeste fideles’; TAYLOR OF CHESTER: Hosanna to King David’s son; MATTHEWS OF NOTTINGHAM: How beauteous are the feet; ANON Light of those whose dreary dwelling; Hark! what mean those holy voices?; WAINWRIGHT OF MANCHESTER: Christians, awake, salute the happy morn; STORACE arr. WILLIAMS OF LLANDILOES: Angels from the realms of glory; TREMAIN OF ANDOVER: In Bethlehem fields as shepherds kept; ?MADAN arr. MILLER OF DONCASTER and WESLEY: Lo! he comes with clouds descending; HILL OF RUGBY: The people that walked in darkness; ANON arr. NOVELLO: O come, all ye faithful
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PSALMODY / PETER HOLMAN
CDA67443
‘Rasping, rousing and riveting’ (International Record Review); ‘something to cheer you over Christmas’ (Early Music Review); ‘Definitely a disc to savour repeatedly and digest at leisure’ (Gramophone)

Vol 50 – Orpheus with his Lute
Music for Shakespeare from Purcell to Arne
JEREMIAH CLARKE Overture to Titus Andronicus; JOHN WELDON Take, O take those lips away; Dry those eyes which are o’erflowing; JOHN ECCLES Can life be a blessing; THOMAS CHILCOT Pardon, goddess of the night; Orpheus with his lute; Hark, hark the lark; MAURICE GREENE Orpheus with his lute; THOMAS ARNE To fair Fidele’s grassy tomb; When daisies pied and violets blue; When icicles hang by the wall; Honour, riches, marriage, blessing; Where the bee sucks there lurk I; ROBERT WOODCOCK Concerto No 9 in E minor; RICHARD LEVERIDGE When daisies pied, and violets blue; JOHN CHRISTOPHER SMITH You spotted snakes; Full fathom five; WILLEM DE FESCH All fancy sick; HENRY PURCELL Dear pretty youth
CATHERINE BOTT soprano, RACHEL BROWN flute, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDA67450

The English Orpheus: A series of English discoveries, 1600-1800
Selected music from the first 25 volumes of The English Orpheus Series
VARIOUS ARTISTS
ORPHEUS 1
From Fanfare September/October 1996:
‘Were there to be any real justice in this world, Hyperion boss Ted Perry and his musical advisor Peter Holman would each receive a knighthood for the incalculable service they have rendered to English music with the English Orpheus series. It is a project that has nearly single-handedly rescued the nation’s music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries from the ignorant opprobrium of generations of music historians.’

The Parley of Instruments on Hyperion

Dr Arne at Vauxhall Gardens
THOMAS ARNE (1710-1778) Cantata ‘The Morning’; Sigh no more, ladies; What tho’ his guilt; Thou soft flowing Avon; Jenny; The Lover’s Recantation; Frolic and free; Cymon and Iphigenia;
EMMA KIRKBY soprano, RICHARD MORTON tenor, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN
CDA66237
‘Absolutely charming’ (Hi Fi News) ‘A most entertaining concert’ (Gramophone)

Bach Hunt Cantata
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Cantata No 208 ‘Was mir behagt’ (Hunt Cantata)
EMMA KIRKBY, JENNIFER SMITH soprano, SIMON DAVIES tenor, MICHAEL GEORGE bass, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN, PETER HOLMAN
CDA66169
‘The best recording yet of Bach’s Hunting Cantata’ (Hi Fi News)

Cavalli Messa Concertata
FRANCESCO CAVALLI (1602-1676) Messa Concertata, Canzonas and Motets
SEICENTO/THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS/PETER HOLMAN
CDA66970
‘a spirited and authentic-sounding performance be the newly-formed vocal group Seicento…..An excellent debut recording’ (Early Music Review)

Dowland Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares
JOHN DOWLAND (1563-1626) Lachrimae Antiquae; Lachrimae Antiquae Novae; Lachrimae Gementes; Lachrimae Tristes; Lachrimae Coactae; Lachrimae Amantis; LachrimaeVerae; Pavan, Landgrave of Hesse; Semper Dowland semper dolens; M. Nicholas Gryffith his Galiard; M. Giles Hobies his Galiard; Sir John Souch his Galiard; Sir Henry Umptons Funerall; M. George Whitehead his Almand; Mistresse Nichols Almand; John Langtons Pavan; M. Buctons Galliard; Thomas Colliers Galiard, etc
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS RENAISSANCE VIOLIN CONSORT / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66637
‘Outstanding’ (Early Music) ‘The unique features, superb playing, recording and annotation make this an issue of unusual interest and irresistible attraction’ (Gramophone)
GRAMOPHONE CRITICS’ CHOICE

German Consort Music, 1660-1710
ROSENMÜLLER Sonata da Camera in D; SCHMELZER Sonata in G; FISCHER Ouverture in G minor; BÖHM Ouverture in D; TELEMANN Ouverture in C;
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN, PETER HOLMAN
CDA66074
‘Cet enregistrement…nous invite à en savourer les indicibles richesses’ (Répertoire, France) ‘A thoroughly enjoyable release, well recorded, well documented’ (Gramophone)

German 17th Century Church Music
HEINRICH SCHUTZ Erbarm dich; CHRISTOPH BERNARD Was betrübst du dich: JOHANN ROSENMULLER Christum ducem; Sonata II in E minor; DIETRICH BUXTEHUDE Jesu meine freud; Jubilate Domino; CHRISTIAN GEIST Vater unser; HEINRICH BACH Sonata I in C; Sonata II in F; JOHANN CHRISTOPH BACH Ach, dass ich Wassers g’nug; JOHANN MICHAEL BACH Auf, lasst uns den Herren loben; JOHANN PHILIPP KRIEGER O Jesu, du mein Leben; MELCHIOR HOFMANN Schlage doch
ROBIN BLAZE countertenor, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDA67079
‘a must-have for anyone who wants to understand the early baroque’ (Early Music Quarterly) ‘Blaze scores on all fronts. ..Highly recommended’ (Gramophone) ‘exquisitely performed’ BBC Music Magazine

Handel in Hamburg
Suite from opera Almira; Suite in G minor, possibly from opera Nero; Oboe concerto in G minor; Suite from operas Florindo and Daphne; Overture in Bb major from opera Rodrigo
ELIZABETH WALLFISCH violin, FRANK DE BRUINE oboe
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS/PETER HOLMAN
CDA67053
‘A marvellous disc…The 20-year-old Handel’s buoyant style and powers of invention are already on display, as is the Parley of Instruments’ pointed and enticing musicianship.’ (Independent)

Italian Baroque Trumpet Music
STRADELLA Sonata; PALLAVACINO Sinfonia ‘Il Diocletiano’; FANTINI Suite in D; CORELLI Sonata in D; FRANCESCHINI Suonata; MATTEIS Concerto; MANCINI Sinfonia; CAZZATI Sonata ‘La Bianchina’; VIVIANI Sonata Prima in C; BONONCINI Sinfonia in D; ALBRICI Sonata a 5;
STEPHEN KEAVY, CRISPIAN STEELE-PERKINS trumpets, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66255
‘A cornucopia of riches’ (Fanfare, USA) ‘Beautiful, newly-presented music. The achievement is quite breathtaking’ (Hi Fi News)

Music for St Paul’s
HANDEL Utrecht Te Deum; BLOW Iwas glad; BOYCE Lord, thou hast been our refuge
ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL CHOIR / JOHN SCOTT
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDA 67009

Monteverdi Balli
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Altri canti d’amor; Il ballo delle ingrate; Volgendi il ciel (Ballo ‘Movete’); Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
RED BYRD, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS RENAISSANCE VIOLIN CONSORT / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66475
‘One of the most perfect CDs ever made. Unsurpassable; glorious music, superb performances and hair-raising sound. The performers, engineers, and Hyperion Records deserve the highest praise’ (Classical Express, USA) ‘At the pinnicle of current Monteverdi singing on records’ (Fanfare, USA)
GRAMOPHONE CRITICS’ CHOICE

Monteverdi Sacred Vocal Music
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Prologue to La Maddalena; Confitebor tibi, Domine I, II, III; Iste confessor Domini sacratus; Laudate Dominum; Ab aeterno ordinata sum; Nisi Dominus; Deus tuorum militum
EMMA KIRKBY soprano, IAN PARTRIDGE tenor, DAVID THOMAS bass, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN, PETER HOLMAN
CDA66021
‘One of the most beautiful records I have heard this year’ (The Guardian) ‘Music of exhilarating inspiration, superbly performed. A recording as near as may be to the ideal…a very remarkable recording indeed.’ (Hi Fi News)
PENGUIN GUIDE ROSETTE

Muffat’s Armonico Tributo
GEORG MUFFAT (c1645-1704) Armonico Tributo: Five Sonatas for strings and continuo (Salzburg, 1682)
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN, PETER HOLMAN
CDA66032
‘The best English baroque chamber music record I have ever heard’ (Hi Fi News) ‘I have always found the music indescribably beautiful’ (Fanfare, USA)

Praetorius Christmas Music
MICHAEL PRAETORIUS (?1571-1621) Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen; Nun komm der Heiden Heiland; Pueri nostri concinite; Puer natus in Bethlehem; Von Himmel hoch; Quem pastores laudavere; Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern; Nun helft mir; Dances from ‘Terpsichore’
WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL CHOIR, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / DAVID HILL
CDA66200
‘Well crafted music, sensitively performed and recorded’ (Gramophone) ‘Exciting and highly enjoyable’ (The Good CD Guide)

Praetorius Dances from Terpsichore (1612)
MICHAEL PRAETORIUS (?1571-1621) Dances from Terpsichore: A collection of French dances by Michael Praetorius, Francois Caroubel, Nicolas Vallet, Jean-Baptiste Besard, John Dowland and Thomas Campion
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS RENAISSANCE VIOLIN BAND / PETER HOLMAN
CDA67240
‘these delightful performances will come as a refreshing change that blows away decades of excess. The slightly husky sound of the Parley’s Renaissance violins suits this music to perfection, while the catchy rhythms of the dances are inflected with an irresistible verve, buoyancy and character.’ (Goldberg) ‘Under Holman’s expert direction The Parley of Instruments Renaissance Violin Band play impeccably and with a combination of spirit and sophistication that seems to be exactly what the music demands. (International Record Review)

Purcell, The Complete Ayres for the Theatre
HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695) The Prophetess, or The History of Dioclesian; King Arthur; The Fairy Queen; The Indian Queen; The Married Beau; The Old Batchelor; Amphitryon; The Double Dealer; Distressed Innocence; The Gordion Knot Untied; Abdelazer; Bonduca; The Virtuous Wife; Overture in G minor (possibly for the Prologue of Dido and Aeneas); Overture to Sir Anthony Love; Timon of Athens
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS BAROQUE ORCHESTRA / ROY GOODMAN
3 Compact Discs CDA67001/3
‘a cordiality of expression which seems so absolutely right. …A most welcome release, and one to which I shall regularly return’ (Gramophone) ‘Highly enjoyable!’ (Early Music News)

Hark how the wild musicians sing
HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695) The Symphony Songs: Hark, Damon, hark; How pleasant is this flowery plain; We reap all the pleasures; Hark how the wild musicians sing; See where she sits; Oh! what a scene does entertain my sight; Soft notes and gently raised (A Serenading Song); If ever I more riches did desire; 4 Pavans, Z748-Z751
RED BYRD, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDA66750
‘These are by far the best recordings of these wonderful works …exactly as Purcell must have envisaged it’ (Classic CD) ‘”Recommended” is far too mild: this is an absolute must-have for anyone not irretrievably bereft of a musical soul’ (Fanfare)

Salve Regina
Sacred music by Monteverdi and his Venetian followers
GIOVANNI ROVETTA (c1595-1668) Salve Regina; ALESSANDRO GRANDI (d1630) Amo Christum; Ave maris stella; BIAGIO MARINI (c1587-1665) Sonata ‘per sonar con due corde’; FRANCESCO MARIA MARINI (early 17th century) Jesu dulcis memoria; DARIO CASTELLO (early 17th century) Exultate Deo; CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567-1649) Iam moriar, mi fili (Pianto della Madonna); GIOVANNI ANTONIO RIGATTI (1615-1649) Cum invocarem; GIOVANNI LEGRENZI (1626-1690) Sonata in G major ‘La Pezzoli’; O mirandum mysterium; JOHANN ROSENMÜLLER (c1619-1682) Ascendit Christus in altum
ROBIN BLAZE countertenor, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDA67225
‘Robin Blazes’s clear, pure countertenor is the ideal voice for these pieces, and he sings them with impressive authority. The Parley of Instruments adds sensitive support. An excellent release.’ PICK OF THE MONTH – CHORAL & SONG (BBC Music Magazine)

Vivaldi Lute and Mandolin Concertos
ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741) Mandolin Concerto in C, RV425; Double Mandolin Concerto in G, RV532; Lute Concerto in D , RV93; Lute and Viola d’amore Concerto in D minor, RV540; Lute Trio in C, RV82; Trio in G minor, RV85
PAUL O’DETTE lute, mandolin, ROBIN JEFFREY mandolin, ROY GOODMAN viola d’amore, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN, PETER HOLMAN
CDA66160
‘This is easily the most thoroughly produced Vivaldi lute record yet to come my way…played with style, wit and grace. The digital recording is warmly sympathetic. Best of the Month’ (Hi Fi News)

Forthcoming: The Fam’d Italian Masters
Music for two trumpets and strings from the Italian baroque
ALESSANDRO MELANI (1639-1703) Sonata a5 in C major; MAURIZIO CAZZATI (c1620-1677) Sonata a4 in G minor ‘La Sampiera’; ALESSANDRO STRADELLA (1639-1682) Sinfonia in D major from the Serenata ‘Il barcheggio’; GIUSEPPE MARIA JACCHINI (c.1663-1727) Sonata a5 in D major; GIOVANNI BATTISTA VITALI (1644-1692) Sonata in A minor ‘La Sassatelli’, op. 5/10; FERDINANDO ANTONIO LAZZARI (1678-1754) Sonata a6 in D major; GIOVANNI LEGRENZI (1626-1690) Sonata in E minor, op 10/17; ANDREA GROSSI (late 17th century) Sonata a5 in D major; GIUSEPPE TORELLI (1658-1709) Sonata a5 in D major G7; ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI (1660-1725) Sonata a4 no 1 in F minor; ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto in C major RV537
CRISPIAN STEELE-PERKINS, ALISON BALSOM trumpet, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN

Reissued on Hyperion’s HELIOS label:

Ayres for the Theatre
HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695)
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDH55010
‘classic accounts, deserving of a place in anyone’s CD collection’ (BBC Music Magazine) ‘especially welcome’ (Independent)

Biber Sonatas
HEINRICH BIBER (1644-1704) Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis servientes 12 Sonatas for trumpets, strings, timpani and continuo (1676)
THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN, PETER HOLMAN
CDH55041
‘Fascinating and appealing, up to the usual standard of this label’ (Hi Fi News)
PREIS DER DEUTSCHEN SCHALLPLATTENKRITIK

Telemann Recorder Concertos
GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN (1681-1767) Recorder Concerto in C; Recorder Concerto in F; Recorder Suite in A minor; Sinfonia in F for recorder, viola da gamba, strings, cornet and sackbutts
PETER HOLTSLAG recorder, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN
CDH55091
‘A very fine record indeed, which defines how such music should be put on records today’ (CDReview) ‘The positively, absolutely only way to hear Telemann chamber music’ (The Magic Flute, USA)

Vivaldi Recorder Concertos
ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto in A minor, RV108; Concerto in C minor, RV441; Concerto in F major RV442; Concerto in C major, RV443; Concerto in C major, RV444; Concerto in A minor, RV445
PETER HOLTSLAG treble and sopranino recorders, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / PETER HOLMAN
CDH55061
‘The flavour of the baroque strings is strong and unmistakable, but of greater importance is the unerring preservation by the ensemble of every detail in Vivaldi’s busy scores’ (CDReview, USA)

Reissued on Hyperion’s DAYD label:

Bach Hunt Cantata
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Cantata 208 ‘Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd’ (The ‘Hunt’ Cantata), BWV208
EMMA KIRKBY soprano, MICHAEL GEORGE bass, THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS / ROY GOODMAN
CDD22041 (with Cantata 82 and Cantata 202 by TAVERNER PLAYERS / ANDREW PARROTT)
Still by far the best version. The stronger sense of occasion is boosted by Peter Holman’s inspired topping and tailing with sinfonias’ (International Record Review)