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The Best of Purcell

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630
>Purcell, Henry : Jubilate Deo in D major
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in C minor, Z 738
>Purcell, Henry : Amphitryon, Z. 572, "The 2 Sosias"
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : Blow up the trumpet in Sion, Z 10
>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
>Purcell, Henry : Music on the Death of Queen Mary (Funeral Sentences / The Queen's Epicedium)
>Purcell, Henry : Suite for Harpsichord no 2 in G minor, Z 661
>Purcell, Henry : An Evening Hymn to the Ground, "Now that the sun hath veiled his light"
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Notes & Reviews:

Recognised during his lifetime as a genius, Henry Purcell subsequently influenced countless classical composers from Handel to Britten. This delightful assortment of his best-known works includes the beautiful yet melancholy 'Dido's Lament' from his perennially popular opera 'Dido and Aeneas' and the joyful 'Jubilate Deo' for choir and orchestra, as well as some of his instrumental works; the elegant Fantazia in C minor is a particularly exquisite example of the English composer's mastery.



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>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630 :: Trumpet Overture
  • Performer: Norman Engel (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Jubilate Deo in D major
  • Performers: Susan Bisatt (Soprano); Ian Honeyman (Tenor); William Purefoy (Countertenor); Thomas Guthrie (Bass); Jeni Bern (Soprano); Christopher Robson
  • Conductor: Robert Glenton
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Golden Age
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1681

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kym Amps
  • Ensemble: Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 :: Act 3
  • Conductor: Kym Amps
  • Ensemble: Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 :: Act 3
  • Conductor: Kym Amps
  • Ensemble: Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 :: Act 3
  • Conductor: Kym Amps
  • Ensemble: Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in C minor, Z 738
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 06/19/1680

>Purcell, Henry : Amphitryon, Z. 572, "The 2 Sosias" :: A Pastoral Dialogue Betwixt Thyrsis and Ir
  • Performers: Nicole Bower (Soprano); Giles Tomkins (Bass)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Act 4
  • Ensemble: Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Blow up the trumpet in Sion, Z 10
  • Performer: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Oxford Camerata
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1679

>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1678

>Purcell, Henry : Music on the Death of Queen Mary (Funeral Sentences / The Queen's Epicedium) :: March, Z. 860A
  • Performer: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Oxford Camerata
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Music on the Death of Queen Mary (Funeral Sentences / The Queen's Epicedium)
  • Performer: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Oxford Camerata
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1682

>Purcell, Henry : Suite for Harpsichord no 2 in G minor, Z 661 :: 3. Corant
  • Performer: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1696

>Purcell, Henry : An Evening Hymn to the Ground, "Now that the sun hath veiled his light"
  • Performers: Christopher Whitton (Organ); Oliver Lepage-Dean (Treble)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1687

>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630 :: Trumpet Tune
  • Performers: Bertalan Hock (Organ); Gyorgy Geiger (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Performers: Christopher Robson; Ian Honeyman (Tenor); Jeni Bern (Soprano); Susan Bisatt (Soprano); Thomas Guthrie (Bass); William Purefoy (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert Glenton
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Golden Age
  • Running Time: 17 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1692