Purcell: Come all ye songsters

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Purcell: Come all ye songsters

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2017

Shortlisted - Recital

Catalogue No:

WHLIVE0083

Discs:

1

Release date:

10th June 2016

Barcode:

5065000924843

Length:

77 minutes

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Purcell: Come all ye songsters

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 17 March 2015


anon.:

Minuet

Corbetta:

Passachaglia

Draghi, G B:

The Italian Ground

Purcell:

Come All Yee Songsters

Ye gentle spirits of the air (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

A dance of fairies (instr.) (from The Fairy Queen Z629)

Sing while we trip it (from The Fairy Queen Z629)

Suite No. 5 in C major, Z 666

The cares of lovers (from Timon of Athens, Z632)

Fly swift ye hours, Z369

Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400

From Rosy Bow'rs (from Don Quixote)

Let the dreadful engines (from Don Quixote, Z578)

Mystery’s Song (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Music from the guitar book of Princess Anne (instrumental)

I see she flies me ev'rywhere (from Aureng-Zebe or The Great Mogul, Z573)

What a sad fate is mine, Z428A

Pious Celinda goes to prayers, Z410

Tis Nature's voice (from Hail, Bright Cecilia, Z328)

Abdelazer or The Moor's Revenge: incidental music, Z570

Hark! The Echoing Air (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

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

spoken intro to encore

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

spoken intro to encore

Simpson, C:

A Division upon a Ground for Viola da gamba & B.c.from The Division Violist (London 1659)


Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Elizabeth Kenny (lute), Jonathan Manson (viol) & Laurence Cummings (harpsichord)

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Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed notable success worldwide in repertoire ranging from early Baroque to the present day. She is in high demand by leading opera companies around the world, and regularly makes recital appearances too. Following the success of her first release ‘Not Just Dowland’, [WHLIVE0034] we are now delighted to present her second release on the Wigmore Hall Live label. She is joined by some of Britain’s most exciting exponents of historical performance – lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, harpsichordist Laurence Cummings, and viol player Jonathan Manson. This leading ensemble examines the colourful world of Purcell songs. Unlike his European counterparts, Purcell was unused to traditionally operatic terms and was unconstrained by them. Ignorance was certainly bliss in this case; for him ‘Song’ was a performers’ medium. Thoughout the course of this recital, recorded live at Wigmore Hall, we hear the musicians discovering and revealing the meaning of the texts, as they bring to life the works with sensitivity and charm.

Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act 2

Come All Ye Songsters

Sing While We Trip It

A Dance of Fairies

Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act 3: Ye Gentle Spirits of the Air

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act 3: Ye Gentle Spirits of the Air

Henry Purcell: Suite in C major, Z. 666

I. Prelude

II. Almand

III. Corant

IV. Saraband

V. Jig

Henry Purcell: Timon of Athens, Z. 632: The Cares of Lovers

Timon of Athens, Z. 632: The Cares of Lovers

Henry Purcell: Fly Swift, Ye Hours, Z. 369

Fly Swift, Ye Hours, Z. 369

Henry Purcell: Not All My Torments Can Your Pity Move, Z. 400

Not All My Torments Can Your Pity Move, Z. 400

Giovanni Battista Draghi: An Italian Ground

An Italian Ground

Henry Purcell: Don Quixote, Z. 578, Act 4

From Rosy Bow'rs

Let the Dreadful Engines of Eternal Will

Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act 2 "Princess Anne's Lute Book": Mystery

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act 2 "Princess Anne's Lute Book": Mystery

Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act 3: If Love's a Sweet Passion

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act 3: If Love's a Sweet Passion

Anonymous: Princess Anne's Lute Book: Minuet

Princess Anne's Lute Book: Minuet

Francesco Corbetta: Suite in D Minor "La Guitarre Royale": VI. Passacaille

Suite in D Minor "La Guitarre Royale": VI. Passacaille

Henry Purcell: Aureng-Zebe, Z. 573: I See She Flies Me

Aureng-Zebe, Z. 573: I See She Flies Me

Henry Purcell: What a Sad Fate is Mine, Z. 428

What a Sad Fate is Mine, Z. 428

Henry Purcell: Pious Celinda Goes to Prayers, Z. 410

Pious Celinda Goes to Prayers, Z. 410

Christopher Simpson: The Division Viol, Pt. 3: III. The Method of Ordering Division to a Ground

The Division Viol, Pt. 3: III. The Method of Ordering Division to a Ground

Henry Purcell: Hail, Bright Cecilia, Z. 328: 'Tis Nature's Voice

Hail, Bright Cecilia, Z. 328: 'Tis Nature's Voice

Henry Purcell: Abdelazar, Z. 570 "The Moor's Revenge": No. 10, Lucinda is Bewitching Fair

Abdelazar, Z. 570 "The Moor's Revenge": No. 10, Lucinda is Bewitching Fair

Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act 5: Hark! The Echoing Air

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act 5: Hark! The Echoing Air

Henry Purcell: Introduction, Pt. 1

Introduction, Pt. 1

Henry Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act 3: I Attempt from Love's Sickness to Fly

The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act 3: I Attempt from Love's Sickness to Fly

Henry Purcell: Introduction, Pt. 2

Introduction, Pt. 2

Henry Purcell: King Arthur, Z. 628, Act 5: Fairest Isle

King Arthur, Z. 628, Act 5: Fairest Isle

BBC Music Magazine

October 2016

****

“of course it’s soprano Carolyn Sampson’s peerless Purcell that steals the show – whether inhabiting tortured madness, or the airborne, caressing grace of an opening set from The Fairy Queen. By way of the final encore, ‘Fairest Isle’ bids farewell with a guileless, eloquent, spellbinding simplicity.”

Classical Ear

26/08/16

****

“Carolyn Sampson sings with rich yet clear soprano tone and pays keen attention to the texts she sings, as befits Purcell’s reputation as perhaps the greatest composer to set his native tongue to music…throughout it all, Sampson is royally supported by a trio of accompanists, and it’s good that they provide instrumental solos or duets too”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2016

“What could be just another lovely solo recital is subtly but determinedly refocused here as an ensemble affair. Each of the musicians gets a chance to step into the spotlight, and the result is both a more interesting and a much more satisfying listen than a straight sequence of arias with the obligatory mid-programme instrumental breath-catcher … Any recording of Purcell songs enters a crowded market but Sampson makes a strong case for her contribution, with just a little help from some starry musical friends”

The Guardian

26th June 2016

****

“Versatile and ever engaging, soprano Carolyn Sampson shines in this showcase of contrasting Purcell songs...As an encore, Sampson sings Fairest Isle, unhurried, with lovely ornament and pure tone.”

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