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Remembered today mostly for his church music, Maurice Greene was one of the leading figures in British musical life in the first half of the eighteenth century, as can be surmised from his 20-year tenure as Master of the King’s Musick. Greene’s settings of 25 of the 89 sonnets of Edmund Spenser’s Amoretti, written in 1738, were originally written for soprano and continuo, but transfer seamlessly to tenor; here they receive impassioned and beautiful performances by Benjamin Hulett, whose limpid and agile voice is perfect for this music. Luke Green’s excellent harpsichord playing occasionally suffers from being too brightly recorded, but he and Giangiacomo Pinardi make an excellent continuo team, whose realisations both are tasteful and expertly matched to the varying moods of each sonnet.

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