Purcell: Fairest Isle (from King Arthur) - CD

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Purcell: Come all ye songsters

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)

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.

“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.” The Guardian, 26th June 2016 ****

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Purcell: Britten

Purcell: Britten

Songs by Henry Purcell, realised by Benjamin Britten


Britten:

Harmonia Sacra: Five Songs

Three divine hymns

Two divine hymns and Alleluia

Dulcibella

Purcell:

From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') Z370

I'll sail upon the dog-star (from A Fool's Preferment or The Three Dukes of Dunstable, Z571)

If music be the food of love Z379A (first version)

If music be the food of love, Z379

I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z388

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

How blest are the shepherds (from King Arthur)

Shepherd, shepherd, leave decoying (from King Arthur, Z628)

Let the dreadful engines (from Don Quixote, Z578)

Lost is my quiet for ever, Z502

Music for a while, Z583

Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400

On the brow of Richmond Hill Z405

O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

Pious Celinda goes to prayers, Z410

There's not a swain (from Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, Z587)

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

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

arr. Britten

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

Turn then thine eyes, Z425

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

No, resistance is but vain (from The Maid's Last Prayer or Any Rather Than Fail, Z601)

Man is for the woman made (from The Mock Marriage, Z605)

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

Take not a woman's anger ill (from The Rival Sisters or The Violence of Love, Z609)

Hears not my Phillis how the birds ('The Knotting Song'), Z371

What can we poor females do?, Z429

When Myra sings, Z521

I spy Celia, Z499


Robin Blaze (countertenor), Allan Clayton (tenor), Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano), Ruby Hughes (soprano), Benedict Nelson (baritone), Matthew Rose (bass), Joseph Middleton (piano)

Joseph Middleton leads an exceptional group of singers in a new 2-CD anthology of Benjamin Britten’s realisations of the songs of Henry Purcell.

Middleton writes that: “priceless to subsequent generations of performers, the result of the Purcell/Britten marriage wedded the greatest British Baroque composer with the 20th century’s finest British song composer in a totally idiosyncratic, vivid and bold way. As Britten wrote, his intention was to ‘apply to these realizations something of that mixture of clarity, brilliance, tenderness and strangeness which shines out in all Purcell’s music,’ Of course the same adjectives can just as well be applied to Britten’s writing.”

This marks the 100th release by Champs Hill Records, an independent label that since 2010 has firmly established its commitment to releasing recordings by young artists and new or under-represented repertoire, most of which (as with this recording) comes from their private 160-concert hall in West Sussex.

“The singers steer a convincing stylistic course, balancing the sometimes contradictory demands of the source material and the arrangement…Middleton’s playing is precisely coloured and characterised” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ****

“The mellifluous Allan Clayton and pianist Joseph Middleton make no apologies for it. The colours they bring to the music are unashamedly Romantic and Middleton, whose vivid playing is a catalyst throughout the disc, lets himself go in Britten’s scene-painting…for Purcell, I will still look to period performances. For Britten, this counts as a highly persuasive new release.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016

“The vocal styles vary rather widely, from early music, in Ruby Hughes’s shining Fairest Isle and Robin Blaze’s pure Sweeter than Roses, to full-on in the magnificent bluster of Matthew Rose, who brings Britten’s version of Music for a While to a huge climax. There are fun ensembles too.” The Observer, 10th April 2016 ***

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Purcell & Monteverdi: England, My England

Purcell & Monteverdi: England, My England


Monteverdi:

Tirsi e Clori, ballo concertato (Book 7)

L'Orfeo: excerpts

De la bellezza le dovute lodi

Il Ballo delle ingrate

Volgendo il ciel (Ballo ‘Movete')

Purcell:

Sonata for Trumpet and Strings in D major, Z850

The Married Beau: Overture

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

In guilty night (Saul and the Witch of Endor), Z134

Adagio (from The Indian Queen)

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z184

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

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695

Rondeau from Abdelazer

King Arthur, Z628: Come, if you dare


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The Art of Alfred Deller

The Art of Alfred Deller


Purcell:

Music for a while, Z583

Recorded in 1959

If music be the food of love Z379A (first version)

Recorded in 1959

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Recorded in 1959

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

Recorded in 1959

Crown the altar (from Celebrate this Festival - Birthday Ode for Queen Mary, Z321)

Recorded in 1959

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

Recorded in 1959

Elizabethan Folksongs

1. The Three Ravens 3.22

2. The Cuckoo 1.43

3. How Should I Your True Love Know (Ophelia’s song from Hamlet) 1.45

4. Sweet Nightingale 2.16

5. I Will Give My Love an Apple 1.45

6. The Oak and the Ash 2.20

7. King Henry 2.44

8. Coventry Carol 2.19

9. Barbara Allen 2.09

10. Heigh Ho, the Wind and the Rain (Twelfth Night) 1.59

11. Waly, Waly 3.08

12. Down in Yon Forest 2.14

13. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John 3.06

14. The Tailor and the Mouse 1.34

15. Greensleeves 2.14

Recorded in 1955

Despmond Dupre (guitar and lute)

Jacobean Airs

16. Can she excuse my wrongs 4.11

17. Of all the birds that I do know 2.02

18. If my complaints could passions move 4.27

19. I care not for these ladies 1.42

20. Pandolpho 7.23

21. From silent night 5.17

Recorded in 1954

Despmond Dupre (lute), Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)


Alfred Deller (countertenor)

The Deller Consort

‘The godfather of the countertenor’ sings Elizabethan folksongs, Jacobean Airs and the vocal music of Purcell.

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Arise, my Muse

Arise, my Muse

Music of the Restoration


Blow:

Poor Celadon, he sighs in vain

Venus and Adonis: Suite

Clarke, Jeremiah:

The Glory of the Arcadian Groves

Croft:

Ye tuneful Numbers - A song with symphonies

Gabrieli, G:

Sonata No. 21

Purcell:

Arise, my Muse, Z320

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

Here the deities approve, Z339

The pale and the purple rose

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

Crown the altar (from Celebrate this Festival - Birthday Ode for Queen Mary, Z321)

If music be the food of love Z379A (first version)

1st setting/1st version

Fantasia: three parts on a ground, for three recorders & b.c

O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Encore. Spoken introduction (Iestyn Davies)


Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Richard Egarr (harpsichord), Pamela Thorby, Tabea Debus (recorder), Bojan Čičić (violin), Stephen Pedder (violin), Julia Kuhn (viola, violin), Mark Levy (viola da gamba), William Carter (theorbo, baroque guitar)

Famed for the crystalline beauty of his voice and the breath-taking daring of his artistry, British countertenor Iestyn Davies returned to Wigmore Hall with a programme reaching back to the Restoration Court to reveal the wealth of musical riches of the late 17th-century London.

For this recital, Iestyn Davies and the ensemble stepped beyond the bounds of convention to explore the works with fresh insight, delivering an invigorating yet refined and delicate performance.

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 27 February 2013

“Whilst Davies offers appealing performances of classic works...some of the best things here are the least familiar...A particular highlight is the Suite from Blow's Venus and Adonis...This is a disc that reminds us why live recital programmes are such a valuable part of recorded repertoire.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

“after an hour in Iestyn Davies's genial company, 'music for a while' does indeed all our 'cares beguile'...an enthralling stroll throughout Restoration London at its musically most sophisticated.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 ****

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Patricia Petibon: Nouveau Monde

Patricia Petibon: Nouveau Monde

Baroque Arias & Songs


anon.:

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

Bailly:

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)

Handel:

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)

Purcell:

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

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Rameau:

Rondeau – Forêts paisibles (from Les Indes Galantes)

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

trad.:

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

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Miriam Allan sings Handel & Purcell

Miriam Allan sings Handel & Purcell


Handel:

Silete venti, HWV242

Trio Sonata, HWV399 in G major, Op. 5 No. 4

Purcell:

Music for a while, Z583

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

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Third Act Hornpipe (From King Arthur)

I am come to lock all fast (from The Fairy Queen)

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

Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens Z632

She loves and she confesses too, Z413

O! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes Z402

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


Miriam Allan (soprano)

Ironwood

Miriam Allan made her Glyndebourne debut in 2009 in Purcell’s Fairy Queen and her Monteverdi concerts with Les Arts Florissants sold out in London and Paris. Ironwood is an innovative Australian ensemble committed to historically informed performance.

“Alla reveals herself as what these days could almost be termed an 'old-fashioned' early music singer, which is to say bell-like in tone and fearless in the use of non-vibrato...she shows impressive agility in the passagework of 'Date serta' but in general she still needs to take greater interpretative command and find a more generous way of shaping phrases.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

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Purcell: Songs and Sacred Arias

Purcell: Songs and Sacred Arias


Purcell:

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

Music for a while, Z583

Let the dreadful engines (from Don Quixote, Z578)

Thrice happy lovers (An Epithalamium)

If music be the food of love, Z379

Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400

Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z184

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

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

The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421

Crown the altar (from Celebrate this Festival - Birthday Ode for Queen Mary, Z321)

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

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

What shall I do to show how much I love her? (from Prophetess or The History of Dioclesian, Z627)

From Rosy Bow'rs (from Don Quixote)

Sonata 9 in F major

Pavan a3


The Deller Consort

A collection of Purcell’s songs and sacred arias given by the Deller Consort. 12 of the 18 tracks feature the inimitable voice of Alfred Deller.

'The most remarkable countertenor of the 20th Century' Sir Michael Tippett

“This reissue of recordings by the Deller Consort (founded in 1950) reminds us of his wonderfully pure and supple, if undramatic, voice, and his firmness and intensity of line (a quality absolutely required in Purcell’s songs, but too often missing)...April Cantelo’s performance of The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation, that miniature cantata of genius, is a delight.” Sunday Times, 3rd April 2011 ***

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The Art Of Alfred Deller

The Art Of Alfred Deller

Classic Vanguard Recordings


anon.:

Sumer is icumen in

Byrd:

Come, pretty babe

Despres:

La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem

Handel:

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'

Lasso:

Matona mia cara

Monteverdi:

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Morley:

Now is the month of maying

In Dew of Roses

Parsons, R:

Pandolpho

Passereau:

Il est bel et bon

Purcell:

Music for a while, Z583

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

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

One charming night (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

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

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

If music be the food of love, Z379

Saracini:

Da Te Parto

Schütz:

Erhöre mich, wenn ich rufe, SWV 289

trad.:

The Three Ravens

The Cuckoo

Barbara Allen

Hey, Ho, the Wind and the Rain

I will give my love an apple

The Oak and the ash (A north country lass)

King Henry

Greensleeves

Weelkes:

To shorten winter's sadness

Wilbye:

Thus Saith My Cloris Bright


Alfred Deller, Desmond Dupré (lute), Walter Bergman (harpsichord), Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)

The Deller Consort, Oriana Concert Choir and Orchestra, Ensemble of Baroque Instruments, Leonhardt Baroque Ensemble

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Victorious Love - Songs by Henry Purcell

Victorious Love - Songs by Henry Purcell


Purcell:

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

The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421

When first Amintas sued for a kiss, Z430

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

They tell us that your mighty powers, Z630

Man is for the woman made (from The Mock Marriage, Z605)

From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') Z370

Music for a while, Z583

Now the night is chac'd away (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

If music be the food of love, Z379

Thrice happy lovers (An Epithalamium)

The bashful Thames

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

O! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes Z402

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

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

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

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


Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Laurence Cummings (harpsichord & spinet), Elizabeth Kenny (archlute / theorbo), Anne-Marie Lasla (bass viol), Sarah Sexton (violin I), Andrea Morris (violin II) & Jane Rogers (viola)

“Carolyn Sampson's luminescent soprano, with its easeful enunciation, seemingly instinctive ornamentation, and total lack of self-consciousness captures the bittersweet 'affects' of 'Sweeter than Roses', relishes the shifting tones of voice in the long nocturnal, 'From silent shades', and glows against a single theorbo accompaniment in the great 'Evening Hymn'. The instrumental palette, though limited, is exquisitely tuned to Sampson's voice and to the character of each piece.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2007 ****

“It is immediately obvious from the first few songs that this disc is truly special. Carolyn Sampson's singing is deliciously enjoyable for its sweet tuning, flawless intonation, impeccable stylishness, shapely phrasing of melodic lines and textural awareness.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2007

“Her tone is extraordinarily beautiful: natural, warm and unforced, with almost superhuman vocal athleticism” American Record Guide

“It is immediately obvious from the first few songs that this disc is truly special. Carolyn Sampson's singing is deliciously enjoyable for its sweet tuning, flawless intonation, impeccable stylishness, shapely phrasing of melodic lines and textual awareness. Each of these 19 songs, mostly taken from Purcell's operas and music for theatre plays, are given judicious performances.
The programme admirably shows the variety of characteristics and styles in Purcell's writing, and Sampson achieves the perfect degree of joyful radiance, seductiveness, witty comment or bittersweet melancholy in each song. 'Sweeter than roses' is an old warhorse for early music singers, but the poetry has seldom seemed so personal as it does in Sampson's heart-rending rendition. The Plaint from TheFairy Queen is beautifully done and the line 'he's gone and I shall never see him more' is remarkable for its stylish precision and emotional truthfulness (the performance is also notable for Sarah Sexton's superb solo violin-playing).
The supporting players always sound as if they are fully interested in the subtle nuances of the music. Well known favourites such as 'Music for a while', 'Fairest isle' and 'I attempt from love's sickness to fly' are excellently done, but several of the relatively obscure songs ('The fatal hour' and 'From silent shades') are shown to be equally rewarding and engaging. First-class new recordings of Purcell's music are much too rare, and this one deserves to be an enormous success.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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