This legendary recording received major classical awards: Diapason d'or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, ffff from the magazine Telerama. It enables us to discover hidden treasures of Henry Purcell, one of the most popular baroque composers.
Recorded October 1994, remastered February 2008.
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"The virtuoso violistes of Hespèrion XX underscore the stark melancholy of Purcell's fantasias in these intense, poetic readings from 1994."
"Alia Vox's reissue of the Hesperion XX recording reminds me of how I was taken through this amazing music by that great Purcellian John Beckett, his expression ecstatic, a glass of wine in his left hand, his right hand pointing out crunching dissonances that make Monteverdi seem cautious in comparison. Listening to these rich performances, you wonder yet again what the "English Orpheus" would have achieved had he lived longer than his 36 years."