For His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts: English Music from Henry VIII to Charles II | Hyperion - Helios CDH55406

For His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts: English Music from Henry VIII to Charles II

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Label: Hyperion - Helios

Cat No: CDH55406

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 28th January 2013

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In the early sixteenth century the playing of wind instruments was traditionally the domain of German and Flemish musicians, but when a storm forced King Philip the Fair to put ashore in England, along with his considerable musical retinue, Henry VIII was inspired to expand The King’s Musick. By the end of the century, the situation was reversed: England was the nation to which all others aspired and her players were to be found across Europe.

The music on this recording comes from this glorious period of pageantry and national pride, and fully displays the enchanting sound and virtuosic scope of the cornett and sackbutt, remarkable instruments seldom heard today.

These players demonstrate perfectly how a balance of scholarship and expert period performance can restore familiar music to such radiant good health that we wonder how it ever survived before’ - BBC Music Magazine

[from CDA66894]

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