Purcell: Ayres for the Theatre

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LABELS: Hyperion Helios
WORKS: Ayres for the Theatre
PERFORMER: Parley of Instruments/Peter Holman
CATALOGUE NO: CDH 55010 Reissue (1986)
Interested parties deterred by Christopher Hogwood’s bumper box of Purcell’s theatre music on L’Oiseau-Lyre will welcome the reissue of this attractively priced single-disc conspectus of the repertoire, comprising six suites plus the famous G minor Chacony. Under the expert guidance of Peter Holman, as formidable a scholar of the period as he is experienced executant, these performances by the Parley of Instruments remain as fresh and incisive as on their first appearance over a decade ago. With no special interpretative axe to grind, they remain classic accounts, deserving of a place in anyone’s CD collection, specialist and general listener alike. Antony Bye