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Purcell in Court & Tavern / Pro Cantione Antiqua and Collegeum Aureum

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Oedipus, incidental music
>Purcell, Henry : I gave her cakes and I gave her ale, catch for 3 voices, Z. 256
>Purcell, Henry : 'Tis wine was made to rule the day, for soprano, chorus & continuo, Z. 546
>Purcell, Henry : Work(s)
>Purcell, Henry : Yorkshire Feast Song
>Purcell, Henry : Arise, ye subterranean winds (from "The Tempest"), bass aria, Z. 631/3
>Purcell, Henry : Lost is my quiet for ever, Z 502
>Purcell, Henry : When the cock begins to crow, song for 2 sopranos and bass, ZD 172
>Purcell, Henry : Hark how the wild musicians sing, song for 2 tenors, bass, 2 violins & continuo, Z. 542
>Purcell, Henry : History of King Richard II, Z 581
>Purcell, Henry : Yes, Daphne, in your looks I find (from "The Fairy Queen"), ground & aria, Z. 629/45
>Purcell, Henry : Laudate Ceciliam (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), ode for alto, tenor, bass, 2 violins & continuo, Z. 32
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Notes & Reviews:

An impassioned and boisterous collection of song from Purcell, showcasing his talents for both official, courtly music and the less "polite" songs of the tavern.

"Texts included, as they should be, of course. But some will, I fear, not approve, in spite of the deletion of a four letter word in My Lady's coachman John; and really there is worse in As Roger last night and Tom the taylor. Still, even puritans will enjoy this record. It is an anthology of the less polite secular music of the seventeenth century. It reminds us that the madrigal cult was only one side of the coin. While Morley, Weelkes and Wilbye were carolling their pastoral ditties concerned with the (in fact) upper class love making of Thyrsis and Cloris, Italianate young shepherds revelling in the double entendre, Tom and Jenny (pun unintended) were enjoying more physical delights. Their music, arranged and sometimes composed by Thomas Ravenscroft, Lawes, Purcell and others, was derived from folk music, with good tunes and happily strong rhythms which could only be harmonised, and certainly not made into delicate contrapuntal structures. Or else the words were set to catches, which are, after all, much easier to learn than the complicated ways of madrigals. The result is usually fun, no more and no less. Though occasionally, as often in folk music, there is a grimmer side, as in The three ravens, which has almost a tragic cast about it; and occasionally there is a parodistic tone, to be seen in When the cock begins to crow where madrigalian symbolism is used to guy the images of the verse. It was in truth, tavern music, sometimes for strictly male company, and its robustness is highly enjoyable. The singing of the Pro Cantione Antigua makes the most of the fun. It is not so exquisite as it might have been from some groups of male voices, certainly not so cosy. This is just as well, for the jokes need no underlining. The recording was made in a South German castle, which seems appropriate (the Bavarians have their own coarse humour), especially since it is suitably resonant. The only complaint I have is that the sleevenote might have given more information (why on earth was Tom making a Mantua for a Lass of Pleasure?) : but at least, as said, the texts are nearly all there. So, gentlemen, a disc for a stag night. Do enjoy it." -Gramophone

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bavaria (1973/1976).



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>Purcell, Henry : Oedipus, incidental music :: Hear Ye Sullen Powers / Music For A While / Come Away, Do Not Stay
  • Performers: James Griffett (Tenor); James Lewington (Tenor); Ian Partridge; Kevin Smith (Countertenor); David Thomas (Bass)
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1692

>Purcell, Henry : I gave her cakes and I gave her ale, catch for 3 voices, Z. 256
  • Performers: James Griffett (Tenor); James Lewington (Tenor); Ian Thompson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : 'Tis wine was made to rule the day, for soprano, chorus & continuo, Z. 546
  • Performer: James Griffett (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>Purcell, Henry : Work(s) :: He That Drinks Is Immortal / Tom The Taylor / Sir Walter Enjoying His Damsel
  • Performers: James Griffett (Tenor); James Lewington (Tenor); Ian Thompson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Yorkshire Feast Song :: So! When The Glitt'ring Queen of Night
  • Performer: James Griffett (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : Arise, ye subterranean winds (from "The Tempest"), bass aria, Z. 631/3
  • Performer: David Thomas (Bass)
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Lost is my quiet for ever, Z 502
  • Performers: Ian Partridge; David Thomas (Bass)
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Purcell, Henry : When the cock begins to crow, song for 2 sopranos and bass, ZD 172
  • Performers: James Griffett (Tenor); Kevin Smith (Countertenor); David Thomas (Bass)
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Work(s) :: My Lady's Coachman John / As Roger Last Night
  • Performers: James Griffett (Tenor); James Lewington (Tenor); Ian Thompson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Hark how the wild musicians sing, song for 2 tenors, bass, 2 violins & continuo, Z. 542
  • Performers: Brian Etheridge (Bass); Ian Partridge
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : History of King Richard II, Z 581
  • Performer: Paul Esswood
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1693

>Purcell, Henry : Yes, Daphne, in your looks I find (from "The Fairy Queen"), ground & aria, Z. 629/45
  • Performer: James Griffett (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Laudate Ceciliam (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), ode for alto, tenor, bass, 2 violins & continuo, Z. 32
  • Performers: David James (Voice); James Lewington (Tenor); Ian Partridge; Kevin Smith (Countertenor); David Thomas (Bass)
  • Conductor: Mark Brown
  • Ensemble: Pro Cantione Antiqu
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1683