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Purcell: Music for Pleasure and Devotion / Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort

Audio Samples

>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen
>     A Suite of Theatre Music
>     A Suite of Theatre Music
>Purcell, Henry : Abdelazer
>     A Suite of Theatre Music
>Purcell, Henry : Gordian Knot Unty'd
>     A Suite of Theatre Music
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731
>Purcell, Henry : Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z 184
>Purcell, Henry : Ground in Gamut for Harpsichord in G major, Z 645
>Purcell, Henry : Rejoice in the Lord Alway, Z 49 "Bell Anthem"
>Purcell, Henry : Voluntary for Organ no 2 in D minor, Z 718
>Purcell, Henry : Funeral Sentences
>     1. Man that is born of woman
>     2. In the midst of life
>     3. Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 739
>Purcell, Henry : Of all the instruments that are, catch for 3 voices, Z. 263
>Purcell, Henry : Masque of the Four Seasons (from The Fairy Queen)
>     Entry of Phoebus
>     Prelude "When a cruel long winter has frozen the
>     Chorus "Hail! Great parent of us all"
>     Spring "Thus the ever grateful spring"
>     Summer "Here's the summer"
>     Autumn "See my many colour'd fields"
>     Winter "Next, winter comes slowly"
>     Chorus "Hail! Great parent of us all"

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen
>Purcell, Henry : Abdelazer
>Purcell, Henry : Gordian Knot Unty'd
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731
>Purcell, Henry : Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z 184
>Purcell, Henry : Ground in Gamut for Harpsichord in G major, Z 645
>Purcell, Henry : Rejoice in the Lord Alway, Z 49 "Bell Anthem"
>Purcell, Henry : Voluntary for Organ no 2 in D minor, Z 718
>Purcell, Henry : Funeral Sentences
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 739
>Purcell, Henry : Of all the instruments that are, catch for 3 voices, Z. 263
>Purcell, Henry : Masque of the Four Seasons (from The Fairy Queen)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Henry Purcell is regarded as the first great master of English Baroque music and his works find their best interpreters today in Andrew Parrott and his ensemble. Purcell's oeuvre features splendid works written for festive occasions at courts as well as dramatic operas and melancholy lute songs. This recording offers a representative cross-section of the composer's work, whose popularity remains unbroken.

EMI Classics continues its Red Line series with another collection of timeless classical pieces. This series features a wide variety of the most talented classical pieces of all time, written by such legendary artists as Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Mozart. In addition, each CD features some of the most popular classical performers such as the London Classical Players, Andre Parrot, Bruno Leonardo Gelber and Libor Pesek. Every CD in the Red Line series features some of the most defining pieces in musical history.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2013
The Theatre Music is a little stiff, but a tidy Bell Anthem, handsome masque from The Fairy Queen and an impeccable Close Thine Eyes make a persuasive Purcell taster.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 06/1985-03/1994.



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen :: A Suite of Theatre Music
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Abdelazer :: A Suite of Theatre Music
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Gordian Knot Unty'd :: A Suite of Theatre Music
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen :: A Suite of Theatre Music
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Performers: Emily van Evera (Soprano); Andrew Parrott (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1692-1775

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731
  • Performers: Andrew Parrott (Organ); Alison Bury (Violin); John Holloway (Violin); Jakob Lindberg (Archlute); Elizabeth Wallfisch (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z 184
  • Performers: Simon Grant (Bass); David Miller (Theorbo); Paul Agnew
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1688

>Purcell, Henry : Ground in Gamut for Harpsichord in G major, Z 645
  • Performer: John Toll (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Rejoice in the Lord Alway, Z 49 "Bell Anthem"
  • Performers: Trevor Jones (Viola); Jennifer Ward-Clarke (Cello); Paul Agnew; Helen Orsler (Violin); David Miller (Theorbo); John Toll (Organ); Simon Berridge (Tenor); Andrew Manze (Violin); Simon Grant (Bass)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1683

>Purcell, Henry : Voluntary for Organ no 2 in D minor, Z 718
  • Performer: Robert Wooley (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Funeral Sentences :: 1. Man that is born of woman
  • Performer: John Toll (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Funeral Sentences :: 2. In the midst of life
  • Performer: John Toll (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Funeral Sentences :: 3. Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts
  • Performer: John Toll (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 739
  • Performers: Susanna Pell (Viola da gamba); William Hunt (Viola da gamba); Richard Boothby; Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Of all the instruments that are, catch for 3 voices, Z. 263
  • Performers: Haden Andrews (Tenor); Douglas Wootton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1693

>Purcell, Henry : Masque of the Four Seasons (from The Fairy Queen) :: Entry of Phoebus
  • Performers: Richard Earle (Oboe); David Miller (Theorbo); Helen Orsler (Violin); Anthony Robson (Oboe); John Toll (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Masque of the Four Seasons (from The Fairy Queen) :: Prelude "When a cruel long winter has frozen the
  • Performers: Helen Orsler (Violin); David Miller (Theorbo); John Toll (Harpsichord); Richard Earle (Oboe); John Ainsley (Tenor); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Masque of the Four Seasons (from The Fairy Queen) :: Chorus "Hail! Great parent of us all"
  • Performers: Anthony Robson (Oboe); Richard Earle (Oboe); John Toll (Harpsichord); Helen Orsler (Violin); David Miller (Theorbo); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Masque of the Four Seasons (from The Fairy Queen) :: Spring "Thus the ever grateful spring"
  • Performers: John Toll (Harpsichord); Helen Orsler (Violin); David Miller (Theorbo); Andrew Manze (Violin); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Richard Earle (Oboe); Emily van Evera (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Masque of the Four Seasons (from The Fairy Queen) :: Summer "Here's the summer"
  • Performers: John Toll (Harpsichord); Simon Berridge (Tenor); Helen Orsler (Violin); David Miller (Theorbo); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Richard Earle (Oboe); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Masque of the Four Seasons (from The Fairy Queen) :: Autumn "See my many colour'd fields"
  • Performers: John Toll (Harpsichord); Paul Agnew; Helen Orsler (Violin); David Miller (Theorbo); Andrew Manze (Violin); Richard Earle (Oboe); Anthony Robson (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Masque of the Four Seasons (from The Fairy Queen) :: Winter "Next, winter comes slowly"
  • Performers: Jeremy White (Bass); Helen Orsler (Violin); David Miller (Theorbo); John Toll (Harpsichord); Richard Earle (Oboe); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Masque of the Four Seasons (from The Fairy Queen) :: Chorus "Hail! Great parent of us all"
  • Performers: Andrew Manze (Violin); Richard Earle (Oboe); Anthony Robson (Oboe); John Toll (Harpsichord); Helen Orsler (Violin); David Miller (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689