Eccles - The Mad Lover; Finger - Love at a Loss, Alexander the Great | CPO 5550612

Eccles - The Mad Lover; Finger - Love at a Loss, Alexander the Great

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5550612

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 27th July 2018

Contents

Artists

Olivia Vermueulen (mezzo-soprano)
Capella Orlandi Bremen

Conductor

Thomas Ihlenfeldt

Works

Eccles, John

Acis and Galatea
The Mad Lover

Finger, Gottfried

Alexander the Great
Love at a Loss

Artists

Olivia Vermueulen (mezzo-soprano)
Capella Orlandi Bremen

Conductor

Thomas Ihlenfeldt

About

CPO’s latest CD featuring the Capella Orlandi brings together stage music by Gottfried Finger and John Eccles, who wrote songs for the famous English stage actress Anne Bracegirdle. At the end of the seventeenth century England’s theatrical world was shaped by the defensive stance of traditionalists toward influences from the Italian opera and the magnificence radiating from the French court. The English counterproposal, the ‘English opera’, was a combination of ‘heroic plays’ with musical inserts ranging from individual songs, as were performed during Shakespeare’s time, to ‘all-sung masques’, miniature operas with pastoral content. During the Restoration period the old court form of the masque was hardly more than a name, often to be understood as synonymous with ‘interlude’ or ‘musical entertainment’. The Mad Lover is a good example of the English opera. On this recording song inserts from other masques are added to this comedy by John Fletcher from 1647. Anne Bracegirdle was so very successful with compositions by John Eccles that she later exclusively sang works by him. Once the authors of the texts had recognized that moods and changing passions could be expressed much more easily with music, the logical move was to have these musical inserts increasingly develop from simple songs to a form similar to the cantata. The so-called mad song, in which the most impassioned feelings could be depicted very vividly, was the most popular form.

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