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

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Andreas Scholl: Purcell - O Solitude

Andreas Scholl: Purcell - O Solitude


If music be the food of love, Z379

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

with Christophe Dumaux (countertenor)

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

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Chacony, Z628

What power art thou? (from King Arthur, Z628)

Chacony in G minor - for Two Violins, Viola and Bass Z730

One charming night (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

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

[Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country. (1695), Z585 original version]

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

Pavan for Three Violins and Bass in G minor - Z752

O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z504

with Christophe Dumaux (countertenor)

Music for a while, Z583

Here the deities approve, Z339

original version

The Gordion Knot Untied - incidental music, Z597

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

Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

Accademia Bizantina, Stefano Montanari

The greatest countertenor of today, Andreas Scholl returns to the Decca label with a recording of vocal jewels by the great baroque composer, Henry Purcell. This is Andreas Scholl's first ever recording of the music of Purcell and his uniquely beautiful voice is perfectly suited to the English composer's plangent melodies. The album includes pieces written for the stage, the church and the private chamber, some of which Andreas Scholl has sung in recital for many years, and some he sings for the first time.

Andreas Scholl's long-standing collaborators, ‘Accademia Bizantina’ bring out the Italian influence in Purcell's instrumental writing, and contribute orchestral items to the programme. 'O Solitude' is Andreas Scholl's first Decca album since the chart-topping ‘Handel: Arias For Senesino' in 2006.

The album includes the well known lament 'When I Am Laid In Earth' - recently voted the UK's No.1 favourite aria in a BBC Radio 3 poll - written for the character of Dido in Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas.

Andreas Scholl is joined for two duets by French countertenor Christophe Dumaux.

“Ethereal yet visceral, Scholl's voice is the dream vehicle for Purcell...Stefano Montanari coaxes thrilling playing from Accademia Bizantina, who dance and swagger, throb and pulsate with true Latin passion. Their continuo realisations - here delicate and intimate, there audaciously jazzy - are an unceasing delight.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 *****

“that famously otherworldly tone [is] often breathtakingly in evidence...His decision to tackle Dido's lament has generated controversy: in fact, his performance is extraordinarily haunting...O Dive Custos is arguably the disc's high point. The Academia Bizantina, meanwhile, are on fine form for Stefano Montanari” The Guardian, 13th January 2011 ****

“Scholl understands the importance of words and remains the countertenor of choice: it’s not so much the intelligence and grace that make his artistry so instantly recognisable, as the hypnotically soothing quality of his voice...Among the many joys of this exceptional recital are the accompaniments by Accademia Bizantina.” Financial Times, 21st January 2011 *****

“Few counter-tenors maintain the width of repertoire or vocal acumen of this artist...his Cold Song from “King Arthur” [is] a shivering, juddering triumph, and the entire package pleases.” The Times, 22nd January 2011 ****

“his way with words has strengthened...the two countertenors combine marvellously in O dive custos” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“There's no doubt about the theatrical intent driving Scholl's interpretations and the flamboyant work of Italian period instrument band, Accademia Bizantina. The latter's lively continuo group and multi-hued sounds certainly catch the full flavour...few singers...can match him for style and intelligent musicianship in this repertoire.” Classic FM Magazine, March 2011 ****

“[The disc] contains much in the way of sympathetic vocal and instrumental colouring, not to mention some very fine singing and playing, full-stop...Stefano Montanari's stylish violin-playing [in Fairest Isle], as elsewhere, is a treat in itself...Scholl [brings] an animated, urgent quality to his performance, the tone rich and resonant, the diction razor-sharp.” International Record Review, April 2011

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012

Vocal Award Winner

DG and Decca Sale

Decca - 4782262


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Concert: Oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais and harpsichord

Concert: Oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais and harpsichord


Sonata for cor anglais


Sonata for oboe


Oboe Sonata (after the Oboe Quartet, K370)


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


Les soupirs

L'Entretien des muses


Pavane pour une infante défunte

D'Anne jouant de l'espinette




Pièce pour clavecin


Oboe Sonata in G minor

Phillipe Pélissier (oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais) & Harumi Konoshita (harpsichord)

This CD celebrates fifteen years of these two artists playing as a duo. Phillippe Pélisier has pursued a double career as both a musician and a producer for Radio France. Harumi Konoshita studied the piano in Japan and Paris. She performs as a soloist and with many instrumental ensembles. The duo performs works by Mozart, Sweelinck, Telemann, Rameau, Hotteterre, Ravel and Purcell.

BNL - BNL112967



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Lamente: Furore e Dolore

Lamente: Furore e Dolore


Che puro ciel (Orfeo ed Euridice)

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


Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

L'angue offeso (from Giulio Cesare)

Benchè tuoni e l’etra avvampi (from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo)

Hercules: Where shall I fly?


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Lamento di Penelope: Di misera Regina


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


Vedro con mio diletto (from Giustino)

Sento in seno (from Il Giustino)

Mareike Morr (mezzo-soprano)

Hannoversche Hofkapelle

As part of the Movimentos series, the wonderful mezzo-soprano Mareike Morr brings all the apprehensive and furious heroines back to life on her debut Genuin CD. Together with the frothing and murmuring tones of the Hannoversche Hofkapelle, she performs arias by Handel and Vivaldi, bewails Euridice as Gluck’s Orpheus and to heart-rending effect breathes her last as Purcell’s Dido.

Genuin Movimentos Edition - GEN10176



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Purcell - Viol Fantasias

Purcell - Viol Fantasias


Fantazia 1 in D minor, Z. 732

Fantazia 2 in F major, Z, 733

Fantazia 3 in G minor, Z. 734

Fantazia 4 in G minor, Z. 735

Fantazia 5 in B flat major, Z. 736

Fantazia 6 in F major, Z. 737

Fantazia 7 in C minor, Z. 738

Fantazia 8 in D minor, Z. 739

Fantazia 9 in A minor, Z. 740

Fantazia 10 in E minor, Z. 741

Fantazia 11 in G major, Z. 742

Fantazia 12 in D minor, Z. 743

Fantazia 13 in A minor, Z. 744

Fantasia Upon One Note in F major, Z745

Six-Part In Nomine in G minor, Z746

Seven-Part In Nomine, Z. 747, "Dorian"

Dance for the Green Men Monkey’s Dance (from The Fairy Queen, Z628)

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

André Mangeot described these works as being “of astonishing beauty”. Here they are performed by an ensemble which has received much critical acclaim on the “Hart House Viols”, a collection of instruments at the University of Toronto.

Atma - ACD22591



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Serenade - Famous Classical Works

Serenade - Famous Classical Works

Bach, J S:

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


Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 8 in G minor 'fatto per la notte di Natale'


Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits


Largo from Xerxes (instrumental arrangement)

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)


Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'




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

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The Organs of Southwell Minster and Chester Cathedral

The Organs of Southwell Minster and Chester Cathedral

Alcock, W G:

Introduction & Passacaglia

Harris, W:

A Fancy


Toccata 'Now Thank We All Our God'


Elegy in D flat

Jackson, F:

Impromptu, Op. 5


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


Pastorale in F


Riff-Raff for organ, Op. 34

Vierne, L:

Pièces de fantaisie, 3rd suite, Op. 54: No. 6, Carillon de Westminster

Philip Rushforth (organ)

OxRecs - OXCD103



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Edin Karamazov - The Lute is a Song

Edin Karamazov - The Lute is a Song


So maki sum se rodila

Old Macedonian song

Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Brouwer, L:

Paisaje cubano con rumba


Koyunbaba, Op. 19


Saul: O Lord, whose mercies numberless


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


Alone with my thoughts this evening



Edin Karamazov (lutes and electric guitar) with Renee Fleming, Kaliopi, Andreas Scholl & Sting

‘What I want to do with my lute is to sing’ Edin Karamazov

On his extraordinary debut album, the modern master of the lute explores all the colours of this most evocative and versatile of instruments - in music from the Renaissance to the modern day. The many voices of his lutes and guitars are joined by four of today’s most remarkable singers - Renée Fleming, Kaliopi, Andreas Scholl & Sting - in new interpretations of songs from the pop, folk and classical traditions.

“…a release that's as unusual and distinctive as Edin Karamazov's own playing. What other lutenist would open his disc with Leo Brouwer's Paisaje cubano con rumba, originally for four guitars but here played on a single, multi-tracked electric guitar, and follow it by accompanying Sting on archlute as the latter sings his own 'Alone with my thoughts this evening"?” Gramophone Magazine, June 2009

Decca - 4781077

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Kirsten Flagstad: The Voice of the Century

Kirsten Flagstad: The Voice of the Century


Muss es eine Trennung geben, Op. 33 No. 12

Meine Liebe ist grün, Op. 63 No. 5

Charles, E:

When I have sung my songs


Våren, Op. 33 No. 2

(two performances)

Seks Sange, Op. 48 No. 6 'Ein Traum'

Haugtussa, Op. 67 No. 7 'Vond Dag'

Lie, S:



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

Strauss, R:

Allerseelen, Op. 10 No. 8

Frühling (from Vier Letzte Lieder)

Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2

Orest! Es rührt sich niemand (from Elektra)


Päskemorgen slukker sorgen


Wagst du zu Höhnen (from Tristan und Isolde)

Hojotoho, hojotoho, heiaha, heiaha! (from Die Walküre)

Wie lachend sie mir Lieder singen (from Tristan und Isolde)

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

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Tudor & Stuart Spirit

Tudor & Stuart Spirit

Music for Dancing and Dreaming


Bonny Sweet Robin

Matthew Spring (lute)

Bull, J:

The Duke of Brunswick's Alman

Martin Souter (organ)

Dr. Bull's Juel

Martin Souter (organ)


All in a Garden Green

Martin Souter (harpsichord)

Clarke, Jeremiah:

Trumpet Voluntary 'Prince of Denmark's March'

The Brandenburg Consort, Roy Goodman


Pavana Lachrymae (set by William Byrd)

Martin Souter (harpsichord)


Domine ne in furore tuo

Concertare, Jonathan Wainwright


The Marigold (Mark How the Blushful Morn)

Sara Stowe (soprano), Matthew Spring (lute)

Lawes, W:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may

Sara Stowe (soprano), Matthew Spring (lute)


Curtain Tune from The Tempest


It was a lover and his lass

Sara Stowe (soprano), Matthew Spring (lute)

Mundy, J:


Martin Souter (organ)

Newman, m:


Martin Souter (clavichord)


Under The Greenwood Tree

Michelene Wandor


Round'O, ZT 684, from Abdelazer

Martin Souter (harpsichord)

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary: Thou knowest, Lord

The King's Consort, Robert King

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


Quam pulchra es

Concertare, Jonathan Wainwright


A sad Pavan for these distracted times

Martin Souter (virginals)



Sharon Lindo (recorder)

The Gift of Music - CCLCD806

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Janet Baker - Plaisir d'amour

Janet Baker - Plaisir d'amour

A Celebration of the Art of Dame Janet Baker

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV170 'Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust'


Dieu! Que viens-je d'entendre?…Il m'en souvient ... Je l'aime donc? (from Béatrice et Bénédict)


Phaedra, Op. 93

Caccini, G:

Amarilli mia bella


Intorno all'idol mio

Giordani, G:

Caro mio ben


Divinités du Styx (from Alceste)

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

Che puro ciel (Orfeo ed Euridice)


Pompe vane di morte! (from Rodelinda)

Care selve (from Atalanta)

Frondi tenere e belle ... Ombra mai fù (from Serse)

Dopo notte (from Ariodante)

Hercules: Where shall I fly?


Berenice, che fai? (Scena di Berenice), Hob XXIVa:10


Pur dicesti, o bocca bella

Martini, G B:

Plaisir d'amour


Deh, se piacermi vuoi (from La clemenza di Tito)


Nel cor più non mi sento


Ogni pena più spietata


O nuit, Dèesse du mystère


But Death, Alas! (Dido And Aeneas)

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

With Drooping Wings (from Dido and Aeneas)


Sen corre l'agnelletta


Ständchen 'Zögernd leise', D920/921

Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)

A new 2-CD compilation from Dame Janet Baker's many Decca and Philips recordings, released to mark her 75th birthday on 21 August 2008.

This generously-filled 150-minute programme ranges from arie antiche and baroque arias through to one of Benjamin Britten's last works, the cantata Phaedra, written specially for Janet Baker.

Recordings included in this programme were made between 1961 and 1977 and showcase the many and varied vocal talents of this much-loved, and justifiably internationally-lauded artist.

“A fine selection which demonstrates the English mezzo's huge range of expression in repertory ranging from Baroque to Britten (the cantata Phaedra written for her) and the unique commitment she brought to everything she sang.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2009 *****

Decca - 4780320

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