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JENKINS, J.: Fantasia-Suites (Hamburger Ratsmusik, Eckert)

Composer(s):Jenkins, John
Artist(s) Eckert, Simone, Conductor • Hamburg Ratsmusik Ensemble, Ensemble • Eckert, Simone, viola da gamba
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue Phoenix141
Label Phoenix Edition
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,August 2009

Early baroque English music tends on the whole to be of the doleful variety—possibly to evoke a religious, sombre mood. This collection of works by Jenkins proves an exception in that respect: it’s on the lively, melodic side, and these fine musicians make the most of it. The combination of low strings and what sounds like a chamber organ provides a rich, full texture without loss of clarity. One of the selections is titled ‘MS Goess’—four movements in A Major, possibly a suite or a part thereof. I was not able to find a definition for the term (Goess) in any dictionary, but according to the notes, it may be a compilation of music by different composers. All in all, an intriguing and enjoyable disc.


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