Victorious Love - Songs by Henry Purcell

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Victorious Love - Songs by Henry Purcell

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Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2007

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Building a Library

Top Recital Recommendation - February 2014

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BISSACD1536
(BIS-SACD-1536)

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st Oct 2007

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7318599915364

Length:

71 minutes

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Victorious Love - Songs by Henry Purcell


Purcell:

Sweeter than Roses (from Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z585)

The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421

When first Amintas sued for a kiss, Z430

Plainte - O, Let Me Weep (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

They tell us that your mighty powers, Z630

Man is for the woman made (from The Mock Marriage, Z605)

From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') Z370

Music for a while, Z583

Now the night is chac'd away (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

If music be the food of love, Z379

Thrice happy lovers (An Epithalamium)

The bashful Thames

I attempt from love's sickness to fly in vain (from The Indian Queen)

O! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes Z402

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

If love's a sweet passion (from The Fairy Queen, Z628)

Tell me, some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), Z196

An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193


Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Laurence Cummings (harpsichord & spinet), Elizabeth Kenny (archlute / theorbo), Anne-Marie Lasla (bass viol), Sarah Sexton (violin I), Andrea Morris (violin II) & Jane Rogers (viola)

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Henry Purcell: Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z. 585

Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z. 585: Sweeter than roses

Henry Purcell: The fatal hour comes on apace, Z. 421

The fatal hour comes on apace, Z. 421

Henry Purcell: When First Amintas Sued for a Kiss, Z. 430

When First Amintas Sued for a Kiss, Z. 430

Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act V: The Plaint: O let me weep

Henry Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z. 630

The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act IV: They Tell Us That You Mighty Powers Above

Henry Purcell: The Mock Marriage, Z. 605: Man is for the Woman Made

The Mock Marriage, Z. 605: Man is for the Woman Made

Henry Purcell: From Silent Shades, Z. 370

From Silent Shades, Z. 370

Henry Purcell: Oedipus, King of Thebes, Z. 583

Oedipus, Z. 583: Music for a While

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act IV: Now the Night is Chas'd Away

Henry Purcell: If music be the food of love, Z. 379

If Music be the Food of Love, Z. 379

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act V: Epithalamium: Thrice happy lovers

Henry Purcell: Of old when heroes thought it base, Z. 333, "Yorkshire Feast Song": No. 4. The Bashful Thames

Of old when heroes thought it base, Z. 333, "Yorkshire Feast Song": No. 4. The Bashful Thames

The Indian Queen, Z. 630

The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act III: I Attempt from Love's Sickness to Fly in Vain

Henry Purcell: Oh! Fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z. 402

Oh! Fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z. 402

Henry Purcell: King Arthur, Z. 628, "The British Worthy"

King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Fairest Isle

Henry Purcell: O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z. 406

O solitude, my sweetest choice , Z. 406

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act III: If Love's a Sweet Passion

Henry Purcell: Tell me, some pitying angel, Z. 196, "The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"

Tell me, some pitying angel, Z. 196, "The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"

Henry Purcell: Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z. 193, "An Evening Hymn on a Ground"

Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z. 193, "An Evening Hymn on a Ground"

BBC Music Magazine

December 2007

****

“Carolyn Sampson's luminescent soprano, with its easeful enunciation, seemingly instinctive ornamentation, and total lack of self-consciousness captures the bittersweet 'affects' of 'Sweeter than Roses', relishes the shifting tones of voice in the long nocturnal, 'From silent shades', and glows against a single theorbo accompaniment in the great 'Evening Hymn'. The instrumental palette, though limited, is exquisitely tuned to Sampson's voice and to the character of each piece.”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2007

“It is immediately obvious from the first few songs that this disc is truly special. Carolyn Sampson's singing is deliciously enjoyable for its sweet tuning, flawless intonation, impeccable stylishness, shapely phrasing of melodic lines and textural awareness.”

American Record Guide

“Her tone is extraordinarily beautiful: natural, warm and unforced, with almost superhuman vocal athleticism”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“It is immediately obvious from the first few songs that this disc is truly special. Carolyn Sampson's singing is deliciously enjoyable for its sweet tuning, flawless intonation, impeccable stylishness, shapely phrasing of melodic lines and textual awareness. Each of these 19 songs, mostly taken from Purcell's operas and music for theatre plays, are given judicious performances.
The programme admirably shows the variety of characteristics and styles in Purcell's writing, and Sampson achieves the perfect degree of joyful radiance, seductiveness, witty comment or bittersweet melancholy in each song. 'Sweeter than roses' is an old warhorse for early music singers, but the poetry has seldom seemed so personal as it does in Sampson's heart-rending rendition. The Plaint from TheFairy Queen is beautifully done and the line 'he's gone and I shall never see him more' is remarkable for its stylish precision and emotional truthfulness (the performance is also notable for Sarah Sexton's superb solo violin-playing).
The supporting players always sound as if they are fully interested in the subtle nuances of the music. Well known favourites such as 'Music for a while', 'Fairest isle' and 'I attempt from love's sickness to fly' are excellently done, but several of the relatively obscure songs ('The fatal hour' and 'From silent shades') are shown to be equally rewarding and engaging. First-class new recordings of Purcell's music are much too rare, and this one deserves to be an enormous success.”

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