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Nell Gwynn posing as Diana by Simon Verelst (1644-c1710-21)
Private Collection / Photograph Courtesy of Sotheby's, London
Track(s) taken from CDS44381/3
Recording details: October 1994
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 1995
Total duration: 19 minutes 41 seconds

'Ayres for the Theatre is a wonderful collection of rich and varied, tuneful music and has been marvellously well recorded by engineer Tony Faulkner … the players set out in almost holographic detail between, beyond, between and in front of the loudspeakers. You could almost be there' (Gramophone)

'Highly enjoyable!' (Early Music Review)

'Strongly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'The Parley of Instruments up to their usual stellar form' (Stereophile)

'Goodman pilote sa troupe avec une science, une fraîcheur, une addresse, une élégance, qui signale le parfait purcellien' (Diapason, France)

King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z628
composer
1691
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The beautiful Symphony from Act V of King Arthur is used to accompany the appearance of Britannia, who rises seated on a island. It is said in one source to be for three violins and continuo, though the range and character of the parts suggest trumpet, violin and oboe.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1995

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