Monday, November 30, 2009

Moroney, Davitt (harpsichord) - The Purcell Manuscript







Moroney, Davitt (harpsichord) - The Purcell Manuscript
Harpsichord | Eac, flac, cue | no log, cover | 1 CD, 410 MB
March 6, 2001 | EMI | RapidShare



The British Library have acquired a unique autograph manuscript of keyboard music, including pieces by Henry Purcell, written in his own hand, five of them previously unknown. The manuscript came to light when it was put up for auction at Sotheby's in May 1994. (It is the only surviving Purcell autograph in its original binding.)

An export license was denied the purchaser to enable a national institution to equal the price of £287,000 (this is the first time an export license for a musical manuscript has been withheld on the grounds of national importance). This sum was achieved by donations from a variety of sources including £106,500 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and £50,000 from EMI Records UK and Thorn EMI plc. The harpsichordist Davitt Moroney was allowed to record the pieces—which include works by Giovanni Battista Draghi—and the disc has been released by Virgin Classics.


CD Content


Suite for harpsichord No. 4 in A minor (from "A Choice Collection of Lessons"), Z. 663
Composed by Henry Purcell

Prelude for keyboard (discoverd in 1993)
Composed by Henry Purcell

Minuet for keyboard (discoverd in 1993)
Composed by Henry Purcell

Air for keyboard (discoverd in 1993)
Composed by Henry Purcell

Thus Happy and Free (from "The Fairy Queen), prelude, soprano aria & chorus, Z. 629/44
Composed by Henry Purcell

The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592 No. 9, Air
Composed by Henry Purcell

The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592 No. 7, Minuet
Composed by Henry Purcell

The Virtuous Wife, or, Good Luck at Last, incidental music, Z. 611 No. 8, Trumpet Minuet
Composed by Henry Purcell

The Virtuous Wife, or, Good Luck at Last, incidental music, Z. 611 No. 7, Minuet
Composed by Henry Purcell

The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629 No. 1b, Hornpipe
Composed by Henry Purcell

The Virtuous Wife, or, Good Luck at Last, incidental music, Z. 611 No. 9, Air
Composed by Henry Purcell

The Old Bachelor, incidental music, Z. 607 No. 4, Hornpipe (unique transcription, discovered 1993)
Composed by Henry Purcell

Hornpipe for keyboard (discovered in 1993, previously attrib. to John Eccles)
Composed by Henry Purcell

Suite for harpsichord (from "The Second Part of Musick's Handmaid") in C major, Z. 665 Prelude
Composed by Henry Purcell

Suite for harpsichord (from "The Second Part of Musick's Handmaid") in C major, Z. 665 Almand
Composed by Henry Purcell

Suite for harpsichord No. 5 in C major (from "A Choice Collection of Lessons"), Z. 666 Corant
Composed by Henry Purcell

Suite for harpsichord No. 5 in C major (from "A Choice Collection of Lessons"), Z. 666 Sarraband
Composed by Henry Purcell

The Queen's Command, for keyboard, MB28
Composed by Orlando Gibbons

Suite for harpsichord in A major
Composed by Giovanni Battista Draghi
with Davitt Moroney

Suite for harpsichord in G minor
Composed by Giovanni Battista Draghi

Suite for harpsichord in C minor
Composed by Giovanni Battista Draghi

Suite for harpsichord in G major
Composed by Giovanni Battista Draghi


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