Purcell - The Indian Queen | Coro COR16129

Purcell - The Indian Queen

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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16129

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 2nd March 2015

Contents

Artists

Julie Cooper
Kirsty Hopkins
Jeremy Budd
Mark Dobell
Matthew Long
Ben Davies
Eamonn Dougan
Stuart Young
The Sixteen

Conductor

Harry Christophers

Works

Purcell, Henry

The Indian Queen, Z630

Artists

Julie Cooper
Kirsty Hopkins
Jeremy Budd
Mark Dobell
Matthew Long
Ben Davies
Eamonn Dougan
Stuart Young
The Sixteen

Conductor

Harry Christophers

About

Henry Purcell was a brilliant music dramatist and in The Indian Queen there is a plethora of detail, colour and characterisation to be explored in every symphony, air and dance. Purcell's instrumental writing leaps off the page with string writing that is second to none and a wealth of variety capped by exquisite writing for trumpet, oboes and recorders.

Based on Dryden’s play, Henry Purcell’s music from The Indian Queen deals with the conflict between the Mexican and Peruvians and principally with Queen Zempoalla. The Indian Queen is a classic story of love and war and, as with all good stories, things don’t go quite as planned for the eponymous Queen.

There is so much exceptional vocal music to revel in but none better than the extraordinary recitative 'You twice ten hundred deities' for the magician Ismeron which opens Act III, and which was described by the historian Charles Burney as “the best piece of recitative in our language”.

Like Mozart and Schubert, Henry Purcell lived all too short a life – he lived just over 30 years – and for that reason it was left to his brother Daniel to complete The Indian Queen. Daniel was no Henry but his final Hymeneal masque allows a little light relief. Act V, which was the last music that Henry wrote, is a perfect Didoesque ending to The Indian Queen proper and just proves how we as music lovers suffer when these geniuses die young.

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