Purcell: See, even Night herself is here (from King Arthur, Z628)

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Enchanted Forest: Anna Prohaska

Enchanted Forest: Anna Prohaska


Restino imbalsamate (from La Calisto)

O piu d'ogni ricchezza (from Gli Amori d'Apollo e di Dafne)


Combattuta da due venti (from Giova in Argo)

Felicissima quest'alma from Apollo e Dafne

Come in ciel benigna stella (from Apollo e Dafne)

Furie terribili (from Rinaldo)

Tornami a vagheggiar (from Alcina)


Lamento della Ninfa (Book 8)


The Fairy Queen: Hornpipe in D minor

Raise, raise the voice, Z334: Mark how readily each pliant string

Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens Z632

The Fairy Queen: Hornpipe in G minor

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

See, even Night herself is here (from King Arthur, Z628)


Alma oppressa (from La Fida Ninfa)

Anna Prohaska possesses a beautiful voice, perfect technique, interpretive originality, and genuine charisma and character.

Singing Baroque arias by Cavalli, Handel, Monteverdi, Morley, Purcell, and Vivaldi – Anna Prohaska vividly brings life to all the fairy-like characters who inhabit this extraordinary music. Favoured by such maestri as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, and Pierre Boulez – Anna Prohaska, with Enchanted Forest, demonstrates a mature mastery of coloratura and cantilena singing.

“superlative backing from Jonathan Cohen’s instrumental group Arcangelo. In a programme ranging from Monteverdi to Handel the plus points are delicate tone, exuberant ornamentation and echo effects in a wonderful Cavalli aria. But her English consonants don’t have enough bite in Purcell and her mannered glissandi need ruthless suppression.” The Times, 16th March 2013 ***

“Arcangelo's instrumental playing is reliably interesting, sometimes too interesting (Jonathan Cohen is not a 'less is more' director)...Prohaska's real talent is for the the earthy, wordy, rhythmically and emotionally multivalent declamations of Cavalli and Monteverdi...Lamento della ninfa is the standout performance, brilliantly characterised by Prohaska...this is more like an opera compressed into mere minutes.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****

“She's wonderful in 17th-century music, spinning out the lines of a Purcell chaconne and negotiating Cavalli's recitatives-cum-ariosos with impeccable understanding and style. When she turns to Handel and Vivaldi, however, the sensitivity of her singing gives way to a heavyweight athleticism, and the results are altogether less appealing. Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen are breathtaking throughout.” The Guardian, 11th April 2013 ***

“Prohaska has a strong-centred voice with a slightly dark colouring which is striking in itself...the more outgoing and technically demanding Handel and Vivaldi arias certainly come off effectively, with Prohaska's sometimes unconventional ornamentation adding a characterful twist” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

“All is cleanly articulated in rapid motion, whether long runs or intricate vocal curlicues...Arcangelo and Cohen augments one's pleasure.” International Record Review, June 2013

“there’s no doubting the beautiful quality of the singing and the high quality of the accompaniment, but there’s sometimes too little sense of differentiation among the different roles...I don’t wish to make it a major issue, however; the singing is as enchanting as the CD’s title suggest.” MusicWeb International, 22nd September 2013

DG Archiv - 4790077



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Purcell - Miscellany

Purcell - Miscellany


If music be the food of love, Z379

Lord, what is man?, Z192

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

Thus the ever grateful Spring (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

See, even Night herself is here (from King Arthur, Z628)

Hark how all things in one sound agree (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

A New Scotch Tune Z 655

A New Irish Tune Z646

Sefauchi's Farewell, Z656

Suite No. 6 in D major, Z 667

Suite in G major, Z 770

The Staircase Overture, Z614

Overture in G minor Z772

Overture in D minor Z771

Overture in G major Z336

Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens Z632

Suite from Abdelazar

Sonata for Trumpet and Strings in D major, Z850

Dance for the Haymakers (from The Fairy Queen, Z628)

Catherine Bott (soprano), Mark Bennett (trumpet)

The Purcell Quartet

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Songs and Airs by Purcell

Songs and Airs by Purcell


O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

Ah! how sweet it is to love (from Tyrannic Love or The Royal Martyr, Z613)

Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400

Stript of their green our groves appear, Z444

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

If music be the food of love, Z379

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

The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421

Incassum Lesbia, incassum rogas ('The Queen's Epicedium'), Z383

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

Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z367

From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') Z370

Dear pretty youth (from The Indian Queen, Z630)

From Rosy Bow'rs (from Don Quixote)

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

Beneath a poplar's shadow (from Sophonisba or Hannibal's Overthrow, Z590)

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

Let us dance (from Prophetess or The History of Dioclesian, Z627)

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Nymphs and Shepherds, Z600

Amidst the shades and cool refreshing streams Z355

Love in their little veins inspires (from Timon of Athens, Z632)

Fly swift ye hours, Z369

They tell us that your mighty powers, Z630

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

In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z190

See, even Night herself is here (from King Arthur, Z628)

Why should men quarrel? (from The Indian Queen, Z630)

Seek not to know (from The Indian Queen, Z630)

The History of King Richard the Second or The Sicilian Usurper: Retir'd from any mortal's sight, Z581

To arms, heroic Prince (from The Libertine Destroyed, Z600)

O lead me to some peaceful gloom (from Bonduca or The British Heroine, Z574)

Halcyon days (from King Arthur, Z629)

Bid the virtues (from Come ye Sons of Art, Z323)

Lord, what is man?, Z192

Music for a while, Z583

Sawney is a bonny lad, Z412

When I have often heard young maids complaining (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Ah! cruel, bloody fate (from Theodosius or The Force of Love, Z606)

Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth (from Dido & Aeneas)

Nancy Argenta (soprano)

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