THE UN­KNOWN PUR­CELL

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

Hazel Brooks (vi­o­lin), David Pol­lock (harp­si­chord)

Chandos Cha­conne CHAN 0795

This is not a disc of un­known mu­sic by Henry Pur­cell, but a col­lec­tion of pieces by his un­known (well, vir­tu­ally un­known) younger brother (or cousin) Daniel (ca 1670-1717). “Although he was a vic­tim of in­vid­i­ous com­par­i­son with his brother Henry,” says The New Grove, “Daniel was a tal­ented com­poser whose style, while per­haps too or­nate, is never dull or in­com­pe­tent.” The scale is mod­est. The key­board pieces (in­clud­ing song ar­range­ments) and vi­o­lin sonatas recorded here take 75 min­utes to cover 53 move­ments. There are oc­ca­sional hints in the best pieces of the more fa­mous Pur­cell, but most of the mu­sic is in a lighter style, which Hazel Brooks and David Pol­lock han­dle with plain­speak­ing di­rect­ness. url.ie/f1f2

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