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The Muses Restor’d

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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCS46324

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 24th May 2024



Award-winning Baroque violinist Rachel Podger takes the resurgence of the Arts in England post-1660 as the compelling inspiration for her new album, The Muses Restor’d. Adopting its title as its theme, Rachel and her vivacious Brecon Baroque take the listener on a journey of captivating violin-led chamber music from Jacobean to Early Georgian England. Ranging from the gentle intimacy of consort idioms to the full-blown instrumental virtuosity of the evolving Baroque period, this album uncovers little known glories of English instrumental music and its influences.

This refined and intimately chiselled chamber music celebrates a rich tradition where the violin joins a plethora of keyboards, lutes, viol and continuo cello reinstating these sonatas, fantasies, suites, grounds and popular tunes to the mainstream of English cultural life of the time. Together with four musicians from Brecon Baroque, Rachel Podger performs works by Handel, Lawes, Blow, Locke, Purcell, Schop, Jenkins, Baltzar and Jones.

“This oeuvre provides a deeply satisfying kaleidoscope of musical expression over a century of British musical life.” – Rachel Podger


Podger’s playing lacks nothing in expressivity. The Jenkins and Locke prove wonderfully bouncy, and the album’s selection of adapted folk tunes couldn’t be more charming if they tried. Above all, Podger and her Brecon colleagues radiate infectious delight in the music they perform.
The Times

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