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

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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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:50
Mary O'Neill (Carolan's Favorite Jig)
2
2:59
3
2:26
4
3:22
5
2:10
Concerti (6) in seven parts
6
2:05
7
3:39
Concerto for keyboard in D major, Op 1/06
8
3:15
9
3:54
10
3:24
Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in B flat major
11
3:16
The Ephesian Matron; or, The Widow's Tears, a comic serenata
12
3:27
13
1:17
14
3:13
15
2:04
16
4:49
Fantasia-Air Set, for 3 parts No. 2 in A minor, MB78/12 (VdGS Group 7, No. 2)
17
3:20
18
2:32
19
4:07
Concerto in Seven Parts, for strings No. 2 in B minor, Op. 2/2
20
3:45
21
2:14
22
2:30
23
2:17
24
2:48
Come, Come Along for a Dance and A Song, ode
25
3:13
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