Inspired by Shakespeare
Draghi, G B:
The Tempest: Dance of fantastick spirits
The Tempest: Dorinda's song
Suite from The Tempest
Songs of Ariel from Shakespeare's ‘The Tempest'
Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15
Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135
Let mine eyes run down with tears, Z24
O God, thou hast cast us out, Z36
La Tempête, Simon-Pierre Bestion
A profoundly modern dimension emerges from this confrontation between English works from the 17th century (Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke) and works from the 20th and 21st centuries (Philippe Hersant, Franck Martin, Thierry Pécou). Coming from highly different musical universes, each composition is, however, largely inspired by the founding themes of Shakespeare’s play, sometimes taking up excerpts from it. The text is recited in English, or rather Shakespeare’s ‘Old English’, as are all the sung parts, in order to reproduce the strong, sweet accent of that tongue.
“Choral blend and enunciation are immaculate, at their very best in Martin's Songs of Ariel…it's particularly good to see 'Let mine eyes run down with tears' among the more familiar numbers - a neglected gem of rare intensity, performed here with tremendous poise” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015