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Purcell: Songs

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Birthday Ode to Queen Mary, 'Come Ye Sons of Art, Away', 1694
>Purcell, Henry : Incassum, Lesbia, rogas, Z 383 "Queen's Epicedium"
>Purcell, Henry : Ode to St. Cecilia 'Welcome to all the pleasures', 1683
>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
>Purcell, Henry : Sweeter than roses (from "Pausanias"), song, Z. 585/1
>Purcell, Henry : Oedipus, 1692
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : In the black, dismal dungeon of despair, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 190
>Purcell, Henry : An Evening Hymn to the Ground, "Now that the sun hath veiled his light"
>Purcell, Henry : Chaconne for Harpsichord in G minor, Z T680 "Timon of Athens"
>Purcell, Henry : Music in "The Prophetess; Or, The History of Dioclesian" (after John Fletcher and Philip Massinger,
>Purcell, Henry : Timon of Athens
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Notes & Reviews:

Spanning his short creative life, Purcell's Songs are a constant feature in his output. In between official Odes, the semi-operas and instrumental music is a profusion of wonderfully intimate, sometimes bawdy and explicit songs. Purcell composed only one true opera, and the form known as 'semi opera' was the most popular in England at the time. In these works the actors did not sing. Musical interludes either of vocal numbers or instrumental music punctuated the action. The second half of this CD contains examples of the instrumental music Purcell provided for Dioclesan and Timon of Athens. Michael Chance is a renowned exponent of this repertoire, and Florilegium has won many awards for its sensitive chamber-music-making in the Barock era. This is a digital recording.



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Birthday Ode to Queen Mary, 'Come Ye Sons of Art, Away', 1694 :: Strike the viol
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Maggie Cole (Harpsichord); Richard Boothby; Nigel Cole (Archlute); Nigel Cole (Theorbo)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Incassum, Lesbia, rogas, Z 383 "Queen's Epicedium"
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Maggie Cole (Harpsichord); Richard Boothby; Nigel Cole (Theorbo); Nigel Cole (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Ode to St. Cecilia 'Welcome to all the pleasures', 1683 :: Here the Deities approve
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Maggie Cole (Harpsichord); Richard Boothby; Nigel Cole (Theorbo); Nigel Cole (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683

>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Maggie Cole (Harpsichord); Richard Boothby; Nigel Cole (Theorbo); Nigel Cole (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : Sweeter than roses (from "Pausanias"), song, Z. 585/1
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Maggie Cole (Harpsichord); Richard Boothby; Nigel Cole (Archlute); Nigel Cole (Theorbo)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Oedipus, 1692 :: Music for a while
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Maggie Cole (Harpsichord); Richard Boothby; Nigel Cole (Theorbo); Nigel Cole (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Maggie Cole (Harpsichord); Richard Boothby; Nigel Cole (Archlute); Nigel Cole (Theorbo)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1692-1775

>Purcell, Henry : In the black, dismal dungeon of despair, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 190
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Maggie Cole (Harpsichord); Richard Boothby; Nigel Cole (Archlute); Nigel Cole (Theorbo)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1687

>Purcell, Henry : An Evening Hymn to the Ground, "Now that the sun hath veiled his light"
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Maggie Cole (Harpsichord); Richard Boothby; Nigel Cole (Theorbo); Nigel Cole (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1687

>Purcell, Henry : Chaconne for Harpsichord in G minor, Z T680 "Timon of Athens"
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Music in "The Prophetess; Or, The History of Dioclesian" (after John Fletcher and Philip Massinger,
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : Timon of Athens :: Curtain Tune
  • Ensemble: Florilegium (Ensemble, UK)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694