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Prior to Handel's arrival in London, and the influence of Italian opera that he brought with him, English opera was known as "semi opera" - a blend of drama, music, spoken word, elaborate stage sets, costumes and special effects. This "semi opera" inspired Purcell to compose some remarkable theatre music, with The Fairy Queen as his masterpiece in the genre. Based somewhat freely on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, it premiered at the Dorset Garden Theatre, London in 1692.
BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
Dantone's sparkling playing is matched by anglophone singers and Italian isntrumentalists. Carolyn Sampson stands out among fine-grained soloists.
Recording information: Teatro Rossini, Lugo di Romagna, Ravenna, Italy (07/10/2001).
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Works DetailsPurcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
- Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
- Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina
- Running Time: 99 min. 45 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Christmas
- Written: 1689