Purcell: When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas) (Dido's Lament)

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Purcell: Music for a While (Standard)

Purcell: Music for a While (Standard)

Improvisations on Purcell



(Leonard Cohen) – Bonus Track


Twas within a furlong of Edinburgh Town (from The Mock Marriage, Z605)

Music for a while, Z583

Strike the Viol (from Come Ye Sons of Art, Z323)

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

In vain the am'rous flute (from Hail, Bright Cecilia!, Z328)

A Prince of glorious race, from Who can from joy refrain?

O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Wondrous machine

Here the deities approve, Z339

Ah ! Belinda

Hark how the songsters of the grove (from Timon of Athens, Z632)

One charming night (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Man that is born of a woman, Z27

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

Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens Z632

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Raquel Andueza (soprano), Vincenzo Capezzuto (alto), Dominique Visse (countertenor), Gianluigi Trovesi (clarinet) & Wolfgang Muthspiel (acoustic guitar & electric guitar)

L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar

After the intoxicating heat of Mediterraneo, released in 2013, Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata – again in the company of countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, soprano Raquel Andueza and alto singer Vincenzo Capezzuto – now head to the cooler climes of England with Music for a while, an album based on the haunting, graceful and sometimes deeply moving music of Henry Purcell.

Often considered England’s greatest composer, Purcell (1659-1695) represents an especially good match for the aesthetic of L’Arpeggiata: he made frequent use of the ground bass, a repeated (ostinato) figure in the lower line – the most famous instance of this occurs in Dido’s lament ‘When I am laid in earth’, the closing number from his opera Dido and Aeneas. The ground bass provides an ideal foundation for the brilliant, sometimes jazz-like improvisation that is the stock-in-trade of the L’Arpeggiata, here comprising singers, (plucked) strings, wind instruments, keyboard and percussion.

As the New York Times has written: “Just as the composers and ensembles that ply the indie path in new music combine structures and language from contemporary classical styles with gestures and timbres from pop and world music, L’Arpeggiata has lately been hopping through cultures and across centuries. The group uses modern pop vocal inflections and improvisational techniques from jazz in its performances of antique pieces ... Its audacious hybrids are driven principally by a fascination with reviving the Baroque art of ornamental extemporization and a curiosity about how contemporary improvisatory styles might be enlisted in that quest.” When L’Arpeggiata appeared at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel auditorium in 2012, the newspaper reported that: “Here a lean septet combined precision and poise with the intuitive flexibility of a jazz combo.”

The contemporary element in Music for a while (named after a song written for John Dryden’s play Oedipus) is exemplified by the contribution, on acoustic and electric guitar, of Austrian jazz-player Wolfgang Muthspiel, while the Baroque tradition is embodied in the celebrated French countertenor Dominique Visse, a singer who set an example for Philippe Jaroussky; Visse was a student of the pioneering British countertenor Alfred Deller (1912-1979), closely associated with the music of Purcell and the revival of interest in Baroque music.

In the course of 2014, Music for a while will be presented at concerts in Rome, Paris, Grenoble, Berlin, Ludwigsburg and London. When the Mediteraneo programme was presented in London in 2013, The Arts Desk reported that: “Perhaps the best bits of any L’Arpeggiata concert are the improvisations. Laying down a ground bass (a riff by any other name) the group then take it in turns to step forward for jazz-style breaks. Jazz might have come down to us via Africa but I defy anyone to hear a Purcell or Monteverdi ground and not trace the natural genealogy. Pluhar here makes her case without effort as we marvel at plucked bass and drums or – most impressive – a percussion solo for the finest wizard of percussion David Mayoral, giving us a single skin that can shriek, cry or sing according to the strokings of his fingers.”

In Germany, the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten described a concert given by L’Arpeggiata with Philippe Jaroussky as “a rare two-hour feast of music-making. For years, exulting in sound, [Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata] have been demonstrating in the most persuasive way how fresh and timeless ‘old’ music can sound. Pluhar recognises no borders, no divisions between eras. For her, it is all music.”

“Long experienced in fusing Baroque with jazz-inspired performance styles, L'Arpeggiata's approach breathes new life into the Restoration composer, whose ground basses are akin to riffs, his melodies folk-like in their raw simplicity...Baroque instruments and a jazz-style combo mix to intriguing effect” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“most of these songs retain their essential character, and far from having his genius dimmed, Purcell still shines as a writer of songs timelessly receptive to reinterpretation and capable of reaching the heart by the power of melody alone.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

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Où va la jeune Indoue? 'Bell Song' (from Lakmé)


Letzte Rose

Zum treuen Freunde geh


Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce rêve (from Roméo et Juliette)


Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)


Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Vedrai, carino (from Don Giovanni)


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Strauss, R:

Amor, Op. 68 No. 5


Rimembranza crudel (from Germanicus)


Einst träumte meiner sel'gen Base…Trübe Augen (from Der Freischütz)

Maria Friederike Schöder (soprano)

Vogtland Philharmonic Orchestra Greiz-Reichenbach, Stefan Fraas

Recorded in the Vogtlandhalle, Greiz, Germany, 15-19 July 2013

“Schöder is, from the sounds of this disc, a fully finished vocal personality, somewhat comparable to Lucia Aliberti, with a meticulously controlled vibrato and an incredibly clear-etched vocal line...High notes are small but grow seamlessly out of the rest of the voice. Words shape notes, even in tune-driven arias.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“[The voice] is certainly pretty, and her coloratura accurate and assured...The best item is the last, Lakmé’s ‘Bell Song’, where she creates an air of mysterious storytelling...Generally, it’s all quite impressive, and she has vocal presence.” Opera Now ***

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Bach Arcades

Bach Arcades

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV28 'Gottlob, nun geht das Jahr zu Ende': Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende

Cantata BWV28 'Gottlob, nun geht das Jahr zu Ende': Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren

Motet BWV225 'Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied': Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet

Chorale Prelude BWV644 'Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig'

Cantata BWV26 'Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig'

Cantata BWV56 'Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen'

Cantata BWV12 'Weinen, Klagen, sorgen, Zagen': Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen'

Chorale Prelude BWV645 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'

Motet BWV227 'Jesu, meine Freude'

Chorale Prelude BWV610 'Jesu, meine Freude'

Chorale Prelude BWV615 'In dir ist Freude'

Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 114


Herr, wenn ich nur dich hab, BuxWV 38


Ecclesiae militantis


Fratres (version for chamber ensemble, 2007)


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


The Lamb

Walter, J:

Vivat Carolus

Leipzig Calmus Ensemble, Lautten Compagney, members

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Opera Zapico

Opera Zapico

Opera from Monteverdi to Mozart arranged as instrumentals by Forma Antigva

Bach, J C:

Artaserse: Overture


Il più bel nome: Quella Clizia innamorata


La Calisto: Mogli mie sconsolato


Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Se giunge un dispetto (from Agrippina)

Ritorna, caro e dolce mio tesoro (from Rodelinda)

Landi, S:

Il Sant'Alessio: O morte gradita


Vi ricorda, o bosch'ombrosi


Batti, batti, o bel Masetto (from Don Giovanni)

Nebra Blasco:

Amor aumenta el valor: A Dios, prenda de mi amor


Dance for the Chinese Man & Woman (from The Fairy Queen, Z628)

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Dido and Aeneas: Thanks to these lonesome vales


Les Indes galantes: Air pur les Sauvages

Forma Antiqva

Follwing Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' Forma Antiqua presents 'Opera Zapico', a selection of 17th and 18th operatic arias played with charm and elan.

The Zapico Brothers have carefully chosen a wonderful collection of popular opera pieces and arias from Monteverdi to Mozart and arranged the music as instrumental works. The adaptions are made for harpsichord/organ played by Aarón Zapico, theorbo by Daniel Zapico and baroque guitar/archlute by Pablo Zapico plus special guest artists. 'Opera Zapico' presents melodies from Italian, French, English and German music-theatres. The viola da gamba, cornetto, recorder and percussion resound!

Winter and Winter - 9102062

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Kirsten Flagstad: Songs & Scenes

Kirsten Flagstad: Songs & Scenes


Efterårsstormen, Op. 18, No. 4

Tolv Melodier til Digte af Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, Op. 33 No. 5 'Langs ei Å'

Mens jeg venter (On the Water), Op. 60 No. 3

The Princess, EG133

Fyremal (No. 12 from 12 Melodies, Op. 33)

Med en vandlije, Op. 25 No. 4

Jeg Elsker Deg, Op. 41 No. 3

En svane (No. 2 from Seks Digte af Henrik Ibsen, Op. 25)

Den særde (from 12 Songs Op. 33)

Tak for dit råd (from 4 Songs Op. 21)


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


Allmächt’ge Jungfrau! (from Tannhäuser)

Doch nun von Tristan? (from Tristan und Isolde)

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)

Legendary soprano Kirsten Flagstad is featured on this super budget re-issue in 10 songs by Grieg, Dido’s lament from Purcell’s most famous opera and Wagnerian scenes from Tannhauser, Tristan und Isolde and Götterdämmerung .

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Classics for Farewells

Classics for Farewells



Miserere mei, Deus

Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')


Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Caccini, G:

Ave Maria


Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre': 3rd movement (Funeral March)


Requiem: Pie Jesu


Ave Maria




When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


Pavane pour une infante défunte

and excerpts from works by Beethoven, Grieg, Mahler, Mozart, Preisner, Verdi

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Patricia Petibon: Nouveau Monde

Patricia Petibon: Nouveau Monde

Baroque Arias & Songs


Cachua a voz y bajo Al Nacimiento de Christo Nuestro Señor (from Codex Martinez Compañon)

Tonada la Lata a voz y bajo, para bailar cantando (from Codex Martinez Compañon)

Mon amy s’en est allé

Tonada la Lata el Congo a voz y bajo para baylar cantando (from Codex Martinez Compañon)

Greensleeves to a ground


Yo soy la locura

Charpentier, M-A:

Quel prix de mon amour (from Medée)

Prélude...Noires filles du Styx (from Medée)

Dieu du Cocyte et des Royaumes sombres (from Medée)


No se emendará jamás, HWV 140

Nebra Blasco:

El bajel que no recela (from Vendado es amor, no es ciego)

En amor, pastorcillos, no hay quien distinga (from Vendado es amor, no es ciego)


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)


Rondeau – Forêts paisibles (from Les Indes Galantes)

Les Indes galantes: Tempête : La nuit couvre les cieux !


J’ai vu le loup, le renard et la belette

Patricia Petibon (soprano)

La Cetra Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Admired for her remarkable creative imagination and exemplary musicianship, soprano Patricia Petibon, in her newest album for Deutsche Grammophon, offers a treasure-trove of fascinating Baroque curiosities guaranteed to enthral both the Baroque aficionado and the casual listener.

Nouveau Monde is conceived as a journey from the Old to the New World, a spell-binding collection of arias, songs and pieces from European composers (Charpentier, Händel, Rameau, Purcell) that testify to their composers’ fascination with the exoticism of recently-discovered lands, as well as South American folksongs which boast exceptional rhythmic energy and colour

Spectacularly accompanied by the La Cetra Baroque Orchestra under the excelling direction of Andrea Marcon – who also stands out as a Baroque organist and harpsichordist - Patricia enchants our senses with a mélange of 17th-century arias and folk songs from England, France, Spain, and Latin America

As a follow-up to her best-selling Rosso and Melancolía albums, Patricia Petibon’s 2012 release is guaranteed to be one of the most popular and sought-after Baroque releases of the year

“Conquest is one theme, confession another; the whole a breakneck A-Z of Baroque song from airs de cours to zarzuela.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ****

“'Nouveau Monde' is a tightly thought-through and arranged and compelling programme, a tour de force for its performer/compiler, most atmospherically recorded. Compulsive, repeatable listening.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2013

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An Evening With The Royal Opera

An Evening With The Royal Opera


La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)


Abendsegen 'Abends will ich schlafen gehn' (Hänsel und Gretel)

Diana Damrau (soprano), Angelika Kirschlager (mezzo)


La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Miah Persson (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Non piu andrai, farfallone amoroso (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Erwin Schrott (bass-baritone)

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (from Die Zauberflöte)

Diana Damrau (soprano)

Pa-pa-pa-pa-Papagena (from Die Zauberflöte)

Ailish Tynan (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone)


O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Hibla Gerzmava (soprano), Teodor Illincai (Rodolfo)

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)

Inna Duka (soprano)

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Ekaterina Siurina (soprano)


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo)


Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture


Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Renee Fleming (soprano), Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Di quella pira (from Il trovatore)

Jose Cura (tenor)

Patria oppressa (from Macbeth)

Chorus of the Royal Opera House

Parigi, o cara (from La Traviata)

Renee Fleming (soprano), Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Tutto nel mondo è burla (from Falstaff)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Bringing together a collection of arias and choruses from some of the world’s favourite operas, this disc showcases the outstanding artists and productions from the stage of the Royal Opera House.

The perfect gift for anyone who loves opera.

A unique collection from one of the world’s finest opera houses, showcasing the international opera stars and famous Royal Opera House productions.

The comprehensive packaging will include a synopsis of each opera, suggestions for further exploration of the catalogue and full subtitles.

International stars featured in the collection include: Jonas Kaufmann, Renee Fleming, Simon Keenlyside, Gerald Finley and Miah Persson.

Running time: 80 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/ES

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“all musically exceptional” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****

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Opera - 50 of the Best

Opera - 50 of the Best


Casta Diva (from Norma)

O rendetemi la speme...Qui la voce sua soave...Vien, diletto (from I Puritani)


L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Votre toast je peux vous le rendre 'Toreador Song' (from Carmen)

Carmen: Prelude to Act I

Au fond du temple saint (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles)


Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (from La Wally)


Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)


Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)


Possente Spirto (from l'Orfeo)


Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

Non piu andrai, farfallone amoroso (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Dalla sua pace (from Don Giovanni)

Vedrai, carino (from Don Giovanni)

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (from Die Zauberflöte)

Ach, ich fühl's (from Die Zauberflöte, K620)

La mia Dorabella capace non e' (from Così fan tutte)

E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono i bei momenti (from Le nozze di Figaro)

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)


Barcarolle (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann )


Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo Act III

Humming Chorus (from Madama Butterfly)

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


Elena! Oh tu, che chiamo! (from La donna del lago)

Pensa alla patria (from L'Italiana in Algeri)

Guillaume Tell Overture

Sia qualunque delle figlie (from La Cenerentola)

Semiramide Overture


Manrico! Che? (from il Trovatore)

Follie! Follie! Delirio vano è questo…Sempre libera (from La traviata)

Se quel guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Di Provenza il mar (from La Traviata)

La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)

Caro nome (from Rigoletto)

Or co' dadi, ma fra poco (from Il Trovatore)

Noi siamo zingarelle (from La Traviata)

È il sol dell'anima (from Rigoletto)


Tannhäuser: Overture

Steuermann, laß die Wacht! (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Graciela Alperyn (mezzo-soprano), Daniela Longhi (soprano), Jozsef Mukk (tenor), Maurizio Frusoni (tenor), Kaludi Kaludov (tenor), Monika Krause (soprano), Tatiana Lisnic (soprano), Renato Girolami (bass), Lando Bartolini (tenor), Marianna Pizzolato (mezzo-soprano), Bo Skovhus (baritone), Miriam Gauci (soprano), Kristjan Johannsson (tenor), Armando Ariostini (baritone), Masako Deguci (soprano), Felipe Bou (bass), Alessandro Carmignani (tenor), Ildiko Raimondi (soprano), Georg Tichy (baritone), Silvano Carroli (baritone), Nelly Miricioiu (soprano), Alan Titus (baritone), Luba Orgonasova (soprano), Yordy Ramiro (tenor), Kym Amps (soprano), Hellen Kwon (soprano), Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz (soprano), Alida Ferrarini (soprano), Ann-Christine Biel (soprano), Indra Thomas (soprano), Kristine Jepson (mezzo-soprano), Franco de Grandis (bass), Goran Eliasson (tenor), Ladislav Neshyba (bass), Rannveig Braga (mezzo-soprano), Marina Mescheriakova (soprano), Hedwig Fassbender (mezzo-soprano), Janez Lotric (tenor), Igor Morozov (baritone), Bruno Pratico (bass-baritone), John Dickie (tenor), Andrea Martin (baritone), Peter Mikulas (bass), Nicola Martinucci (tenor), Jonathan Welch (tenor), Giorgio Lamberti (tenor)

Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Budapest Festival Chorus, Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaga Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Choral Society, Mal, Michael Halasz, Alexander Rahbari, Will Humburg, Alberto Zedda, Ricco Saccani, Sergio Vartolo, Arnold Ostman, Charles Rosekrans, Leif Segerstam, Johannes Wildner

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Lachrymae: Music For Strings

Lachrymae: Music For Strings


Lachrymae for viola & strings, Op. 48a


Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten


Chacony in G minor

arr. Britten

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

arr. Stokowski


Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis


Passacaglia - Death of Falstaff and Touch her soft lips from Henry V

Nicolas Bône (viola)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Douglas Boyd, William Conway & Richard Egarr

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