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Purcell’s intensely expressive trio sonatas, with his ‘symphony song’ If ever I more riches did desire; Handel’s richly lyrical trio sonatas, with his cantata aria, Dolce bocca, labbra amate.

Henry Purcell was the brightest and boldest young musician of his day, and was still in his mid-twenties when he composed these trio sonatas in the 1680s.  They are full of the confidence and heartfelt emotion of youth, with a maturity of style and polish well beyond his years.  Two of these sonatas frame his beautiful ‘symphony song’ (essentially, a cantata) based on poems by one of the leading Restoration poets, Abraham Cowley.

Georg Handel was also a young prodigy when he wrote his trio sonatas, probably during his sojourn in Italy in the years around 1710.  From this same period comes his cantata (just a single aria, with recitative) Dolce bocca (Sweet kisses) about the torments of love.  Handel’s natural genius for melody and operatic expression was heightened by the Italian influence, and drove his illustrious career when he later moved to England. 

Bronwen Pugh & Graham McPhail – baroque violins
Emma Goodbehere – baroque cello
Robert Petre – harpsichord
with guest soprano Lauren Armishaw

Lauren Armishaw is a New Zealand-born soprano who has been based for many years in the Netherlands, where she has a busy career as a soloist for both baroque and classical music throughout Europe.  Aside from concert and oratorio work, Lauren specialises in 17th and 18th century opera. Recent roles include Alceste in Gluck’s Alceste, Laodice in Handel’s Siroe, and Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. She is a core member of the Netherlands Bach Society, and most recently visited Wellington as a member of the Netherlands Chamber Choir for their performances in the NZ Festival in March 2020.