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Purcell: Theatre Music, Vol 1 / Mallon, Aradia Ensemble

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Amphitryon, Z. 572, "The 2 Sosias"
>Purcell, Henry : Sir Barnaby Whigg, or, No Wit Like a Woman's, incidental music, Z. 589
>Purcell, Henry : The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597
>Purcell, Henry : Circe, incidental music, Z. 575
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Written mostly during the last five years of his life, Purcell’s Theatre Music is a rich and varied collection of some of the composer’s finest melodic inspirations. They include solemn overtures, cheerful and sad songs, as well as delightful dances, either incorporated into the action of the play or performed as preludes and interludes. This first volume of the series includes many gems such as the erotic musical diversion in 'Amphitryon' which takes the form of a 'Pastoral Dialogue betwixt Thyrsis and Iris', the amorous shepherd begging for, and finally being granted, his heart's desire; and the series of dances in 'The Gordian Knot Unty’d', the most delightful of which are the 'Rondeau', 'Minuett' and the final 'Chacone'.



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>Purcell, Henry : Amphitryon, Z. 572, "The 2 Sosias"
  • Performers: Nicole Bower (Soprano); Andrea Jeffrey; Michelle Kettrick; Giles Tomkins (Bass)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/25/2006-04/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : Sir Barnaby Whigg, or, No Wit Like a Woman's, incidental music, Z. 589 :: Blow, Boreas, blow
  • Performers: Brian Duyn; Giles Tomkins (Bass)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/25/2006-04/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681

>Purcell, Henry : The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/25/2006-04/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Purcell, Henry : Circe, incidental music, Z. 575
  • Performers: Neil Aronoff; Nicole Bower (Soprano); Brian Duyn; Peter Mahon (Countertenor); Giles Tomkins (Bass)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Notes: Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/25/2006-04/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690