Purcell - Songs & Dances | Alpha ALPHA419

Purcell - Songs & Dances

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA419

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 5th October 2018

Contents

Works

Purcell, Henry

Air
A new Scotch tune, Z655
Boree
Chaconne
Come ye Sons of Art, Z323
» Strike the viol, touch the lute
Here the Deities approve, Z339
Hornpipe
If ever I more riches did desire, Z544
» Here let my life
Jigg
King Arthur (The British Worthy), Z628
» Fairest isle
» What power art thou, who from below, hast made me rise (Act 3)
Love's goddess sure (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary, 1692), Z331
» May her blest example chase
March
Minuet
Ode for St Cecilia's Day
» IV 'Tis Nature's voice
O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406
Pavane in G minor, Z751
The Fairy Queen, Z629
» One charming night (Act 2)
The Mock Marriage, Z605
» Twas within a furlong of Edinburgh Town
Three Parts upon a Ground, Z731
Timon of Athens, Z632
» Curtain Tune

Artists

Tim Mead (countertenor)
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien

Conductor

Francois Lazarevitch

Works

Purcell, Henry

Air
A new Scotch tune, Z655
Boree
Chaconne
Come ye Sons of Art, Z323
» Strike the viol, touch the lute
Here the Deities approve, Z339
Hornpipe
If ever I more riches did desire, Z544
» Here let my life
Jigg
King Arthur (The British Worthy), Z628
» Fairest isle
» What power art thou, who from below, hast made me rise (Act 3)
Love's goddess sure (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary, 1692), Z331
» May her blest example chase
March
Minuet
Ode for St Cecilia's Day
» IV 'Tis Nature's voice
O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406
Pavane in G minor, Z751
The Fairy Queen, Z629
» One charming night (Act 2)
The Mock Marriage, Z605
» Twas within a furlong of Edinburgh Town
Three Parts upon a Ground, Z731
Timon of Athens, Z632
» Curtain Tune

Artists

Tim Mead (countertenor)
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien

Conductor

Francois Lazarevitch

About

Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, guided by François Lazarevitch’s virtuoso flute, have already led us along the roads of Ireland and Scotland, notably the High Road to Kilkenny (ALPHA234), a great success in 2016. This time, they venture into England with an essentially secular programme devoted to Henry Purcell (1659-1695), varying the mood by alternating between instrumental dances and songs performed by the English countertenor Tim Mead, including ‘O Solitude’ and ‘What power art thou’. While Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien have chosen these celebrated pieces for pleasure above all, with this English programme they also fill in a new piece in their jigsaw map of the United Kingdom. At the same time, they demonstrate the musical porosity of Ireland, Scotland and England – and the atypical colours of the small string ensemble complemented by two flutes, a harp and harpsichord/lute continuo further underline the fact. The common thread, dear to Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, is that of folk music lying at the heart of art music, in a mixture of origins, practices and repertories. We can easily recognise ‘Scotch and Irish tunes’ that Purcell incorporates in his overtures, jigs, hornpipes and chaconnes. The countertenor Tim Mead punctuates the dances with songs composed for the operatic or dramatic stage or for chamber performance.

Reviews

Vocal pieces such as 'May her blest example chase' are given a halo of imaginative instrumental colour, and the freestanding instrumental dances and fantasias are vividly painted.  Anthony Pryer
BBC Music Magazine January 2019

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