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Curtain Tune from The Tempest

'Favourite Baroque Classics' (CDH55020)
Favourite Baroque Classics
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55020  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Track 9 on CDH55020 [5'18] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Curtain Tune from The Tempest
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

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55020 track 9
Recording date
13 March 1992
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Rondeaux Royaux (CDA66600)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: November 1992
    Deletion date: May 1999
    Superseded by CDH55020
  2. Favourite Baroque Classics (CDH55020)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: May 1999
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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