Purcell: Fairest Isle (from King Arthur) - CD

This page lists all recordings of Fairest Isle (from King Arthur), by Henry Purcell (1659-95) on CD. Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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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.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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

“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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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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Andreas Scholl: Purcell - O Solitude

Andreas Scholl: Purcell - O Solitude


Purcell:

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

Decca - 4782262

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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)

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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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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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The Very Best of English Song

The Very Best of English Song


anon.:

Willow song

Balfe:

Come into the garden, Maud

Bishop, H R:

Home, Sweet Home

Brahe:

Bless this House

Butterworth, G:

Loveliest of Trees

Byrd:

Lullaby, my sweet little baby

Ye sacred muses - an elegy for Thomas Tallis

Carter, S:

Down Below

Dibdin:

Tom Bowling

Dowland:

Can she excuse my wrongs? (First Booke of Songes, 1597)

Sorrow, stay

Awake, sweet love

Woeful heart

Shall I sue?

Me, me, and none but me

Flow my teares (Lacrimæ)

Finzi:

Since we loved

Rollicum-rorum

Gurney:

Down by the Salley Gardens

Black Stitchel

Ireland:

The Salley Gardens

Sea Fever

Johnson, R:

Where the bee sucks

Full fathom five

Keel:

Trade Winds (No. 2 from Three Salt-Water Ballads)

Morley:

It was a lover and his lass

O mistress mine

Mortimer:

The Smuggler's Song

Parry:

O mistress mine

Peel:

In Summertime on Bredon

Purcell:

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

Music for a while, Z583

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

If music be the food of love, Z379

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

Quilter:

Love's Philosophy, Op. 3 No. 1 (Shelley)

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 3 No. 2 (Tennyson)

Come away, death

Shield:

The Plough Boy

Stanford:

Drake's Drum

The Old Superb

Swann, D:

The Hippopotamus Song (Mud, mud, glorious mud)

A Transport of Delight (The Omnibus)

The Wart Hog

trad.:

The Foggy, Foggy Dew

Greensleeves

Vaughan Williams:

Linden Lea

The Lamb

The Shepherd

Silent Noon

Walton:

Popular Song from 'Façade'

Warlock:

Yarmouth Fair

My Own Country

Passing By

Pretty Ring Time

Balulalow

Woodforde-Finden:

Kashmiri Song


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