A Fancy: Fantasy on English Airs and Tunes | Harmonia Mundi HMM902296

A Fancy: Fantasy on English Airs and Tunes

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM902296

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 15th September 2017



Le Caravanserail
Rachel Redmond (soprano)


Bertrand Cuiller


Le Caravanserail
Rachel Redmond (soprano)


Bertrand Cuiller


In their first recording for harmonia mundi, Bertrand Cuiller and the musicians of Le Caravansérail immerse us in the dreamlike world of the London theatre of the 17th century. Incidental music, airs, dances and inventive melodies combining the English tradition and French and Italian innovations are the ingredients that make up the five imaginary tableaux of this reconstruction of the period, illuminated by the voice of the distinguished soprano, Rachel Redmond.

Bertrand Cuiller studied with Christophe Rousset and Pierre Hantaï and was a prizewinner at the Bruges International Harpsichord competition. He has played with such prestigious ensembles as Le Concert Spirituel, Stradivaria, Le Poème Harmonique and La Rêveuse and has recorded for Alpha and Mirare.

1-4 PART 1
Matthew LOCKE: Curtain Tune | Henry PURCELL: Overture; Hornpipe | Giovanni Battista DRAGHI: Where are thou, God of Dreams!

5-9 PART 2
DRAGHI: Must I ever sigh in vain? | PURCELL: I see, she flies me; Second music; O Solitude! | MATTHEW LOCKE: Lilk

10-16 PART 3
PURCELL: First Act Tune; ’Twas within a furlong of Edinboro’ town | Samuel AKEYRODE: From drinking of Sack by the Pottle | ANONYMOUS: First music; Saraband; Second music | Louis GRABU: O Jealousy!

17-20 PART 4
PURCELL: Curtain Tune | Ah me! To many deaths decreed | John BLOW: A ground | LOCKE & Christopher GIBBONS: Fly, my children

21-25 PART 5
LOCKE: Canon a 4 in 2; The Descending of Venus | PURCELL: See, even Night herself is here; Symphony | James HART: Adieu to the Pleasures and Follies

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