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Two Grounds in C minor 'remix'

after Henry Purcell

The first of two Grounds in C minor accompanies Sam West’s reading of ‘Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises …’, Caliban’s speech from Act 3, Scene 2 of The Tempest; this is succeeded by Baba Israel’s rap commentary: ‘In a world filled with madness …’ Then, as the music shifts to the second ground, the spotlight is turned on Sonnet 8 (‘Music to hear, why hear’st thou music sadly?’), which urges Shakespeare’s beloved young man to ape the unity in diversity exemplified in musical harmony by getting married—thus fulfilling his individual potential in concert with a significant other. This engenders a burst of explosive energy in Baba Israel’s celebration of the uplifting, sometimes sexual, power of music: ‘Lifting, shifting, rising, reaching, seeking when I’m finding, when I’m leaving with this joy that music’s sacred …’

from notes by Paul Williamson © 2019


From the ground up – The chaconne
Studio Master: SIGCD574Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD574 track 15

Recording date
8 April 2018
Recording venue
Air Studios, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Rupert Coulson
Recording engineer
Rupert Coulson
Hyperion usage
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    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: June 2019
    Download-only sampler
  2. From the ground up – The chaconne (SIGCD574)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: June 2019
    Download only
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