Purcell: Fairest Isle (from King Arthur) - CD

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Purcell’s Revenge: Sweeter than Roses?

Purcell’s Revenge: Sweeter than Roses?


Chaney:

Cassiopeia

Purcell:

Amphitryon or The Two Sosias: incidental music, Z572

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

Rondeau from Abdelazer

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

Fantazia 11 in G major, Z. 742

A New Scotch Tune Z 655

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

Hornpipe

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Old Sir Simon the King

Jig

One charming night (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z184

Jigg from Abdelazer

Music for a while, Z583

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

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

When first Amintas sued for a kiss, Z430

The Married Beau or The Curious Impertinent - incidental music, Z603


Olivia Chaney (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), Ana Silvera (soprano), Jim Moray (tenor)

Concerto Caledonia, David McGuinness

Delving into the past is never a simple matter for David McGuinness and his indomitable early-music-meets-nu-folk group Concerto Caledonia. But the present venture, even more than most, eludes verbal description. The group return – in the company of some starry guest names – to the territory of their 2011 Britten tribute 'Revenge of the Folksingers', now engaging with music by Henry Purcell in a tapestry of arrangements and creative responses which is never less than surprising. Variations by 18th-century Scot James Oswald rub shoulders with the Purcell tunes they are based on, while original songs by Olivia Chaney and Ana Silvera and some literally electrifying instrumental contributions add to the general air of expectations confounded!

“the mixture of instruments works, played mostly by top-rate early musicians.” Early Music Review, April 2015

“for all the riff-like charms of their ground basses, Purcell's songs have proved surprisingly resistant to reinvention...So to say that Concerto Caledonia's album veers between maddening and utterly joyous is to put them well ahead of the curve.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“Hate it or love it (and it will divide listeners) this CD is certainly a different take on Purcell, presenting some of his most famous dances and vocal pieces in versions that emphasise folk roots and folk styles of playing and singing...Invigorating and controversial.” The Times, 14th March 2015 ***

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Delphian - DCD34161

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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.

Regis - RRC1419

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A Purcell Collection

A Purcell Collection


Morley:

Second Dirge Anthem

Purcell:

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z46

To the Hills and the Vales (from Dido & Aeneas)

By beauteous softness (from Now does the glorious day appear, Z332)

O God, thou art my god, Z35

How Happy the Lover

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

Behold, O Mightiest of Gods

My heart is inditing, Z30

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

Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1692), Z328

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

Thou knowest, Lord

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Full Fathom Five (from The Tempest, Z631)


VOCES8 & Les Inventions

The young, virtuoso a cappella ensemble VOCES8 return to disc on Signum with a sumptuous collection of early works by Henry Purcell, one of England’s greatest composers. Joined by the specialist early music ensemble ‘Les Inventions’, the group explores Purcell’s astoundingly diverse output. There is hardly a genre in which he did not express himself: anthems, odes, funeral music, semi--operas, masques, sonatas, consort--music, songs and catches populate his extraordinarily multifaceted oeuvre. It is this astonishing diversity that Signum and VOCES8 celebrate.

“every number here has something particularly arresting within it, all supported by persuasive and committed singing, and playing of intense charm.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“Even if you have most of Purcell's music on disc in your collection you should not miss this 'sampler'. It includes some of the finest performances I have heard in recent years.” MusicWeb International, 13th June 2014

“Voces8 here make use of their intermediate size...to bring together what would normally be an unlikely Purcell vocal anthology...There are times when I feel that interpretative tricks are missed...but there is no doubting that this disc still offers a rich and enjoyable demonstration of Purcell's genius.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2014

“most agreeable, with many moments to savour along the way. The performances at times touch excellence…Voces 8 are at their best in more homophonic music, producing admirably balanced performances of considerable breadth and richness...an ideal introduction into at least part of his [Purcell’s] world.” Early Music Today, Autumn 2014

Signum - SIGCD375

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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

“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 ****

“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

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GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2014

Wigmore Hall Live - WHLIVE0065

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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

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2013

DG - 4790079

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Miriam Allan sings Handel & Purcell

Miriam Allan sings Handel & Purcell


Handel:

Silete venti, HWV242

Trio Sonata, HWV 399 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 ***

Regis - RRC1366

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Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures

Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures


Purcell:

We sing to him, whose wisdom form'd the ear, Z199

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

from The Prophetess, or The History of Dioclesian

How long, great God?, Z189

Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400

Music for a while, Z583

from Oedipus

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

from King Arthur

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

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

from The Fairy Queen

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

With him he brings the partner of his throne (from Ye tuneful Muses, Z344)

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

Celia has a thousand charms from The Rival Sisters, or The Violence of Love, Z609

The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421

One charming night (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Since from my dear Astrea's sight (from Prophetess or The History of Dioclesian, Z627)

Here the deities approve, Z339

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


“James Bowman must surely be the finest vocal interpreter of Purcell today. His grasp of sentiment, his sense of timing, and his enunciation, are unsurpassed” Gramophone Magazine

Helios - CDH55303

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Music for a while

Music for a while

Purcell songs


Purcell:

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

If music be the food of love, Z379

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

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

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

Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400

Thrice happy lovers (An Epithalamium)

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

From Rosy Bow'rs (from Don Quixote)

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

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

Music for a while, Z583

Since from my dear Astrea's sight (from Prophetess or The History of Dioclesian, Z627)

O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406


Alfred Deller (counter tenor), Wieland Kuijken (bass viol), William Christie (harpsichord)

Harmonia Mundi - HMGold - HMG50249

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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

Alto - ALC1018

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