Purcell - The Fairy Queen | Signum SIGCD615

Purcell - The Fairy Queen

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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD615

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 9th April 2020

Contents

Artists

Anna Dennis
Mhairi Lawson
Rowan Pierce
Carolyn Sampson
Jeremy Budd
Charles Daniels
James Way
Roderick Williams
Ashley Riches
Gabrieli Consort & Players

Conductor

Paul McCreesh

Works

Purcell, Henry

The Fairy Queen, Z629

Artists

Anna Dennis
Mhairi Lawson
Rowan Pierce
Carolyn Sampson
Jeremy Budd
Charles Daniels
James Way
Roderick Williams
Ashley Riches
Gabrieli Consort & Players

Conductor

Paul McCreesh

About

Purcell’s The Fairy Queen is based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a play not frequently performed in the late 17th century, nor very well regarded (“the most insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life” - Samuel Pepys’s diary, 1662). Despite this, the play would go on to work well within an opera, as the characters of Pyramus and Thisbe could conjure up singing and dancing accomplices.

Purcell’s masterful composition, Gabrieli’s first-class performance and McCreesh’s superb interpretation demonstrate why their recordings are seen as some of the best in classical music today.

Gabrieli are world-renowned interpreters of great vocal and instrumental repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day. Founded by Paul McCreesh in 1982, Gabrieli have both outgrown and remained true to their original identity: whilst the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded beyond any expectation, McCreesh’s ever-questioning spirit, expressive musicianship and a healthy degree of iconoclasm remain constant and are reflected in the ensemble’s dynamic performances.

Gabrieli’s repertoire includes major works of the oratorio tradition, virtuosic a cappella programmes and mould-breaking reconstructions of music for historical events. Above all, Gabrieli aims to create thought-provoking performances which stand out from the crowd.
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