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Mad songs

Mad songs

Works by Purcell, Eccles and Blow


anon.:

Mad Maudlin

Tom of Bedlam

Blow:

Lysander I pursue in vain

Eccles, J:

Must then a faithful lover go?

Oh! Take him gently from the pile

Let all be gay

Restless in thought

I burn my brain consumes to ashes

Love's but the frailty of the mind

Cease of Cupid to complain

Purcell:

From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') Z370

From Rosy Bow'rs (from Don Quixote)

I'll sail upon the dog-star (from A Fool's Preferment or The Three Dukes of Dunstable, Z571)

Morpheus thou gentle god

Let the dreadful engines (from Don Quixote, Z578)

Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400

Weldon:

Reason what are thou?


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Early Music

Decca British Music Collection - 4762099

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Morley: Ayres & Madrigals

Morley: Ayres & Madrigals


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Early Music

Decca British Music Collection - 4761971

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Arthur Sullivan: Overtures

Arthur Sullivan: Overtures


Sullivan, A:

HMS Pinafore: Overture

The Yeomen of the Guard: Overture

Iolanthe Overture

Overture di Ballo

The Mikado Overture

The Pirates of Penzance: Overture

Macbeth Overture

The Gondoliers Overture

Patience Overture


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Decca British Music Collection - 4762094

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A Concorde of Sweete Sound

A Concorde of Sweete Sound

Recorder Music from Renaissance England


anon.:

Prince Edward's Paven

The Queine of Ingland's Paven

Ovet mundus letabundus

O homo considera

Tu civium primas

Inter chorus paradiscolarum

Let us not that young man be

Aston, H:

Hugh Ashton's Maske

Baldwin, J:

Upon salva nos

4 vocum

Upon in nomine

Byrd:

Fantasia

Carver:

Missa L'homme armé: Agnus Dei

Harding:

A Fancy

Henry VIII:

En vray amoure

Parsons, R:

Ut re me fa sol

Tallis:

In Nomine II a 4

Taverner:

In nomine a 4

White, Robert:

Fantasias III & IV


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Early Music

Decca British Music Collection - 4761972

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Simon Rattle & Peter Maxwell Davies

Simon Rattle & Peter Maxwell Davies

25th anniversary edition - first time on CD


Davies, Peter Maxwell:

Symphony No. 1

Philharmonia Orchestra, Simon Rattle

Points and Dances from Taverner

The Fires of London, Peter Maxwell Davies


GGramophone Awards 1979

Contemporary Award

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Decca British Music Collection - 4737212

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British Music Collection - Sir Michael Tippett

British Music Collection - Sir Michael Tippett


Tippett:

The Knot Garden

Raimund Herincx (Faber), Yvonne Minton (Thea), Jill Gomez (Flora), Josephine Barstow (Denise), Thomas Carey (Mel), Robert Tear (Dov), Thomas Hemsley (Mangus)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Colin Davis

Symphony No. 4

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti


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Decca British Music Collection - 4750562

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British Music Collection - Henry Purcell

British Music Collection - Henry Purcell


Purcell:

The Indian Queen, Z630


“Christopher Hogwood makes us realise that for all the constraints, this score isn't inherently small-scale and warrants all the subtlety of colour that can be achieved using 12 soloists and a decent-sized choir and orchestra. Needless to say, he conveys a consistent, logical and meticulous understanding of the score. The orchestral playing is crisp and transparent, the AAM's articulation allowing the integrity of the inner parts to be heard to the full without compromising blend. Among a distinguished line-up of singers, John Mark Ainsley gets the lion's share and is perhaps marginally more effective as the Indian Boy than as Fame, but such gloriously mellifluous and controlled singing can only enhance the reputation of this work.
Emma Kirkby is in fine fettle and she executes the justly celebrated 'I attempt from love's sickness' with her usual communicative panache.
Then comes the pleasurably contrasted voice of Catherine Bott: 'They tell us that your mighty powers' could not be in better hands. David Thomas as Envy, with his two followers in the Act-2 masque, highlights this brilliant scene as the work of a true connoisseur of the theatre. Mature Purcell is most strongly felt in the deftly ironic invocation by the conjurer, Ismeron, whose 'Ye twice 10,000 deities' is delivered authoritatively by Gerald Finley, though the lulling to sleep, before the God of Dream's gloomy non-prediction, is unconvincing. The quality of music shines very brightly in this reading, though the performance is perhaps a touch calculated in places. Recommended.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Early Music

Decca British Music Collection - 4750522

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British Music Collection - Frederick Delius

British Music Collection - Frederick Delius


Delius:

A Village Romeo and Juliet

Lyric drama in six scenes


Helen Field, Arthur Davies, Thomas Hampson, Barry Mora, Stafford Dean

ORF Symphonieorchester & Arnold-Schönberg-Chor, Charles Mackerras

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Decca British Music Collection - 4750442

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British Music Collection - John Dowland

British Music Collection - John Dowland


Dowland:

First Booke of Songes (1597)


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Early Music

Decca British Music Collection - 4750482

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British Music Collection - Victorian & Edwardian Ballads

British Music Collection - Victorian & Edwardian Ballads


 

Whatever is - is best

God will watch over you

What's in the air today

Adams, S:

The Holy City

anon.:

Mr Shadowman

Behrend:

Daddy

Brahe:

Bless this house

Two little words

Clarke, R C:

The blind ploughman

Everard:

It's all right in the summertime

Glover:

Rose of Tralee

Hardelot:

Three green bonnets

Harrison, Denham:

Give me a ticket to heaven

Huhn:

Invictus

Jacobs-Bond:

A perfect day

Lamb, H:

The volunteer organist

Mascagni:

Ave Maria (arranged from Intermezzo sinfonico from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Moir:

Down the vale

Molloy:

Love's old sweet song

Moss, K:

The floral dance

Murray, A:

I'll walk beside you

Quilter:

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 3 No. 2 (Tennyson)

Rasbach:

Trees

Sanderson, W:

Friend o' mine

The valley of laughter

Silesu:

Love, here is my heart

Speaks:

Morning

Squire:

If I might come to you

Sterndale Bennett:

The carol singers

Sullivan, A:

My Dearest Heart

Tosti:

Parted

Tours:

Mother o' mine

Travers, A:

A mood

Watson, M:

Anchored

Wood, Haydn:

Bird of love divine

A brown bird singing


Benjamin Luxon (baritone), Felicity Palmer (soprano), David Willison (piano), John Constable (piano)

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Decca British Music Collection - 4750472

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