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PURCELL: Suites and Transcriptions for Harpsichord

Composer(s):Purcell, Henry
Artist(s) Charlston, Terence R., harpsichord
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category InstrumentalOpera
Catalogue 8.553982
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

This is both an enjoyable and a valuable collection, which not only includes the eight Harpsichord Suites driving from Purcell’s Choice Collection of Lessons for the Harpsichord but also some of the transcriptions of popular pieces from the theatre music. Purcell left this keyboard collection as a legacy for his wife, and they were posthumously published in 1696. The Suites are usually in four short movements, featuring a Prelude, Almand, Corant and Sarabande or Hornpipe. The Transcriptions were thought to have been made by others, but modern scholarship suggests that they were possibly made by the composer himself, and each is used as closing encore for one of the Suites, including the piece from Abdelazar made



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