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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55020
Recording details: March 1992
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1992
Total duration: 5 minutes 18 seconds

'This disc deserves to go to the top of the charts' (Early Music Review)

'Fine performances from the Brandenburg Consort, excellent documentation. A good CD to start a Baroque collection' (Classic CD)

'This disc can be highly recommended as one of the best in the field' (Fanfare, USA)

Curtain Tune from The Tempest
composer

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This extraordinary movement precedes the opening of Act 1 of Thomas Shadwell’s adaptation of The Tempest which was sumptuously staged at the Duke’s Theatre, Dorset Garden, in London in 1674. Matthew Locke contributed eleven four-part instrumental movements as incidental music, including this one depicting a placid sea developing into the tempestuous storm that is raging as the action begins. There are several clear and unique instructions in the part books—‘soft’ … ‘violent’ … ‘soft’ … ‘lowd’ … ‘soft and slow by degrees’—in addition to requiring low B flats from the cellos, confirming the use of larger basses de violon tuned a tone lower than normal cellos. This recording was made with four basses de violon and without double-bass.

from notes by Roy Goodman © 1999

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