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Track(s) taken from CDA66658

Sonata in A major

Bodleian Library, MSS Mus.Sch.D.251, E.400-4; British Library, R.M.20.h.9; British Library, Add.MS33236

The Parley of Instruments
Recording details: April 1993
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 1993
Total duration: 5 minutes 57 seconds

Cover artwork: A young man singing to a violin by Jacob Ochtervelt (1634-1682)
Glasgow Museums: Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove

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'Delightful' (Gramophone)

'Red Byrd's recordings have been consistently superb … and this recording is no exception' (Fanfare, USA)

'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)
John Blow’s Sonata in A major is perhaps one of the first English works with that title. A broad and lovely opening movement is followed by a gracious largo which shares a melody with Blow’s anthem, ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’. The concluding Brisk is drawn to a close by an arresting slow coda full of wonderful perplexing dissonances.

from notes by William Carter © 2016

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