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Curtain Tune from The Tempest
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Recordings
'Favourite Baroque Classics' (CDH55020)
Favourite Baroque Classics
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Track 9 on CDH55020 [5'18] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Curtain Tune from The Tempest
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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
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-60009
Duration
5'18
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    Superseded by CDH55020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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