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William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (2010)

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William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (2010)

William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.70 + 6.19 Gb (2xDVD9) | 230 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

Jonathan Kent's spectacular production of Purcell's huge semi-opera is joyous, imaginative and witty Glyndebourne, with its intimate auditorium, provides the perfect setting for a drama which is partly spoken and partly sung. Based on an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the story is lavished with a brilliance that justifies this production's acclaim. Paul Brown's inventive designs, Kim Brandstrup's exquisite choreography, an excellent cast of actors and singers and outstanding playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie combine to make a seamless theatrical experience, here recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 66 min | 5,19 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: FRA Musica | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 2008

A genius with the ability to combine French and Italian influences in an art that transported the English language, Purcell may be William Christie's favourite composer.This production of Dido and Aeneas, directed by Deborah Warner and interpreted by Les Arts Florissants, was overwhelmingly acclaimed when created at the Vienna Festival in 2006 and again when repeated at the Opéra Comique in 2008.This short opera, one of the earliest, is particularly dear to William Christie who has recorded and directed it on several occasions.

Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, The King's Musick - Henry Purcell: King Arthur, Timon of Athens (1979)

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Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, The King's Musick - Henry Purcell: King Arthur, Timon of Athens (1979)

Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, The King's Musick - Henry Purcell: King Arthur, Timon of Athens (1979)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 618 Mb | Total time: 57:54+60:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 90252.53 | Recorded: 1976, 1978

King Arthur (1691), like Purcell’s other great scores for the stage, belongs to a highly unusual genre: it is neither a play nor an opera but a hybrid of the two known as ‘semi-opera’. Alfred Deller’s legendary 1978 recording is one of the benchmark interpretations which introduced music-lovers to Purcell’s masterpiece.

Peter Holman, Parley of Instruments - Henry Purcell: Ayres for the Theatre (1987)

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Peter Holman, Parley of Instruments - Henry Purcell: Ayres for the Theatre (1987)

Peter Holman, Parley of Instruments - Henry Purcell: Ayres for the Theatre (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 58:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA 66212 | Recorded: 1986

Under the expert guidance of Peter Holman, as formidable a scholar of the period as he is experienced executant, these performances by the Parley of Instruments remain as fresh and incisive as on their first appearance over a decade ago. With no special interpretative axe to grind, they remain classic accounts, deserving of a place in anyone’s CD collection, specialist and general listener alike.

Bruno Cocset, Les Basses Réunies - Henry Purcell: Fantazias & In Nomines (2012)

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Bruno Cocset, Les Basses Réunies - Henry Purcell: Fantazias & In Nomines (2012)

Bruno Cocset, Les Basses Réunies - Henry Purcell: Fantazias & In Nomines (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 50:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Agogique | # AGO007 | Recorded: 2011

After the success of 'The Nascita del Bologna & Violoncello', Bruno Cocset and Les Basses Réunies give us a new version of Purcell s 'Fantazias' [British Library manuscript], with violin consort and a harpsichord consort. All the instruments played on this recording borrow from both families, the viols and the violins, taking the best from each: richness of timbre and development of the harmonics, so that each voice plays an equal part in the narrative while retaining its own identity. Henry Purcell s fifteen Fantazias for the viols, which exist in an autograph manuscript source in the British Library, were not published until 1927.

Doric String Quartet - Benjamin Britten: String Quartets; Henry Purcell: String Fantasias (2019)

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Doric String Quartet - Benjamin Britten: String Quartets; Henry Purcell: String Fantasias (2019)

Doric String Quartet - Benjamin Britten: String Quartets; Henry Purcell: String Fantasias (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 506 Mb | Total time: 111:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 20124(2) | Recorded: 2018

Founded in 1998 at Pro Corda, Suffolk, the multi-award-winning Doric String Quartet describes recording Brittens quartets as a significant milestone: In our recording we have endeavoured to tread a line that brings out the humanity in these works but also recognises the need for distance and fragility. This is very personal and intimate music, yet also world-encompassing and timeless. The Quartet continues: Another feature of this recording is that Hélène Clément, our violist, is playing on Benjamin Brittens own viola. This instrument (on loan from the Britten-Pears Foundation) was made in 1843 in Milan by Francesco Guissani. It was previously owned by the composer Frank Bridge who gave it to Britten, as a departure gift when Britten and Pears set sail for the USA in 1939. ​

Gaétan Jarry - Le Grand Jeu: French Baroque Organ Favourites (2020)

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Gaétan Jarry - Le Grand Jeu: French Baroque Organ Favourites (2020)

Gaétan Jarry - Le Grand Jeu: French Baroque Organ Favourites (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 320 Mb | Total time: 65:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS024 | Recorded: 2019

This is a sort of self-portrait of the Great Organ of the Royal Chapel of Versailles, delivering all its aspects, enhanced by the choice of a repertoire emblematic of the baroque era: the major classic French organ works (Couperin, Marchand, de Grigny, Corrette) composed to glorify the very specific aesthetics of instruments like that of Louis XIV's Chapel; but also to reveal its other sound riches, transcriptions of chefs d'oeuvres, from Le Sommeil d'Atys by Lully, to the contredanses of Rameau's Boréades. To add a new dimension to the organ's sound universe and to enhance its orchestral qualities, modern editing and "re-recording" processes were gently used to serve the superposition of musical voices, as if invisible hands filled in for the organist in certain works, which are true Proust's "madeleines" for Gaétan Jarry. He goes all out to play the instrument of Versailles "for the Glory of God and the King"!

Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, Ensemble Les Surprises - Purcell: Tyrannic Love (2020)

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Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, Ensemble Les Surprises - Purcell: Tyrannic Love (2020)

Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, Ensemble Les Surprises - Purcell: Tyrannic Love (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 60:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA663 | Recorded: 2020

Until the late 1680s, Henry Purcell composed almost exclusively for the royal court. But when the monarchy decided to reduce its expenditure on music in 1690, he joined the United Company, a London theatre company, and devoted himself to composing for its productions. These took varied forms, with operas such as King Arthur (1691), The Fairy Queen (1692) and The Indian Queen (1695) but also spoken plays with music, such as The Virtuous Wife (1695). It is excerpts from these works that are presented in Tyrannic Love. Compositions by Purcell’s colleagues or followers John Blow, John Eccles, Jeremiah Clarke and Daniel Purcell complete the programme.

Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)

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Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)

Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.86 Gb | Total time: 15:10:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94032 | Recorded: 1994-2002

A stunning collection of some of the greatest sacred music ever written. From the great Lamentations of Byrd, Tallis and Palestrina, the listener is taken on a remarkable spiritual journey through Bach’s great St Matthew Passion, Purcell’s moving and bleak funeral music for Queen Mary, and Handel radiant Messiah. Pergolesi’s masterful setting of the Stabat Mater and Telemann’s Passions-Oratorium are also to be found here, along with Haydn’s Stabat Mater and his dark and intense masterpiece Die sieben letzen Worte, or The Seven Last Words of our Saviour from the Cross. Finally, Allegri’s hauntingly beautiful Miserere opens this collection – a work that was copied from memory after one hearing by the child Mozart. Prior to that moment the work had only been heard in the Vatican.

Dorothee Mields, Die Freitagsakademie - Handel's Tea Time (2020)

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Dorothee Mields, Die Freitagsakademie - Handel's Tea Time (2020)

Dorothee Mields, Die Freitagsakademie - Handel's Tea Time (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 361 Mb | Total time: 76:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19439792732 | Recorded: 2020

Mields is splendid. Her poise, luminous vocalism and animated dialogue with the band show why she’s an Early Music legend. Her command of the recording’s three languages allows her to relish words as well as music, whether goofing around – as in ‘Bacchus’ HWV228 – or lamenting. Her consistently intelligent musicianship is apparent above all when she improvises according to period and location.

Freiburger Barockorchester Edition: Locatelli, Bach, Purcell, Telemann, Zelenka, Biber, Zavateri [10CDs] (2011)

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Freiburger Barockorchester Edition: Locatelli, Bach, Purcell, Telemann, Zelenka, Biber, Zavateri [10CDs] (2011)

Freiburger Barockorchester Edition: Locatelli, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Purcell, Telemann, Zelenka, Biber, Zavateri [10CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.18 Gb | Total time: 11:01:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697937052 | Recorded: 1990-1996

Das Freiburger Barockorchester zählt zu den wichtigsten Kammerorchestern weltweit. Zahlreiche nationale und internationale Auszeichnungen, darunter der Grammy Award, Echo Klassik oder der Deutsche Schallplattenpreis sind Zeugnisse ihres einzigartigen Schaffens.

Olivier Baumont - Henry Purcell: Harpsichord Suites (1995) Reissue 2009

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Olivier Baumont - Henry Purcell: Harpsichord Suites (1995) Reissue 2009

Olivier Baumont - Henry Purcell: Harpsichord Suites (1995) Reissue 2009
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 371 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: WCJ/Erato | # 2564 68655-6 | Time: 01:03:50

For all the celebrations to mark the tercentenary of Purcell’s death last year (1995), his keyboard music has remained very much in the shadow of his works for the theatre and Church; yet the simplicity and grace of these more intimate pieces make them immediately appealing. Several of them are, in fact, transcriptions of earlier vocal works, and therein lies the key to their interpretation. Of the two performers, Olivier Baumont is the more flamboyant, invariably choosing faster tempi than Sophie Yates, and playing with fluidity, panache and humour. But Yates’s guileless approach really captures the music’s ingenuousness, even if she occasionally sounds a little too strait-laced. Her harpsichord (a copy by Andrew Garlich of an instrument made in 1681 by Jean-Antoine Vaudry, now in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum) could hardly be better suited to the music, with its sweet, warm sound, beautifully reproduced by the Chandos engineers, who don’t make the all too frequent mistake of recording the instrument too close. Baumont’s harpsichord has a sharper tang, and he also uses a virginals for the Grounds and individual lessons. Both artists have much to offer, and the final choice will depend on whether you prefer your Purcell plain (Yates) or piquant (Baumont).

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Henry Purcell: Funeral Sentences (2002)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Henry Purcell: Funeral Sentences (2002)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Henry Purcell: Funeral Sentences (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 281 Mb | Total time: 67:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX 901462 | Recorded: 1993

While Herreweghe’s choir employs women for the treble parts, the ensemble is so expertly trained that their sound comes very close to the characteristic English choir of men and boys. Only a small number of instruments and voices is used, and this, in conjunction with a sensitive approach to style, produces performances of superior beauty and taste. Extensive care has been lavished on both clarity and precision of English diction, and outstanding choral intonation makes the clash of Purcell’s cross-relations and his dissonant chromaticism singularly effective. The singing by the soloists is consistently beautiful.

Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Héloïse Gaillard, Ensemble Amarillis - Portraits de la Folie (2020)

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Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Héloïse Gaillard, Ensemble Amarillis - Portraits de la Folie (2020)

Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Héloïse Gaillard, Ensemble Amarillis - Portraits de la Folie (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 323 Mb | Total time: 67:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMM902646 | Recorded: 2019

Having been relegated to a moral space of exclusion and fear in the Middle Ages, madness subsequently became a major social phenomenon. Brought under control and personified as 'Folly' in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it provided scope for social and moral criticism, leading composers and librettists to give it a prominent place on the operatic stage. Here Stphanie d'Oustrac and the Amarillis ensemble present its multiple facets, from seduction to passionate love, from despair to joy, revealing the underlying truths of humanity in the Baroque era.

Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza, Coro Costanzo Porta - Purcell: Didona and Aeneas (2016)

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Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza, Coro Costanzo Porta - Purcell: Didona and Aeneas (2016)

Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza, Coro Costanzo Porta - Purcell: Didona and Aeneas (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 357 Mb | Total time: 76:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | CC72737 | Recorded: 2016

Fabio Bonizzoni, one of Baroque music performance leading conductors of our time, and his group La Risonanza make their debut on Challenge Classics with Dido and Aeneas, Purcell's operatic masterpiece. It is coupled with The Love of Mars and Venus by John Eccles and Gottfried Finger, Purcell's near contemporaries. Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, composed in the 1680s, is arguably the most beloved and best-known opera in English. Bonizzoni says: "The charm of this opera is in that it contains everything, like Cervantes' Don Quixote: any life experience is within it. Love, hate, death, dream, despair, the innocent and the wicked play.