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Henry Purcell: The Indian Queen, semi-opera / The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

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  1. Purcell — Catch - To All Lovers of Music, Performers and Scrapers $1.29 on iTunes
  2. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, First Music: Air $1.29 on iTunes
  3. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, First Music: Hornpipe $1.29 on iTunes
  4. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Second Music: Air $1.29 on iTunes
  5. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Second Music: Hornpipe $1.29 on iTunes
  6. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act I: Overture $1.29 on iTunes
  7. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act I: Trumpet Tune $1.29 on iTunes
  8. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act I: Wake, Quivera, Our Soft Rest Must Cease $1.29 on iTunes
  9. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act I: Why Should Men Quarrel Here, Where All Possess $1.29 on iTunes
  10. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act I: By Ancient Prophecies We Have Been Told $1.29 on iTunes
  11. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act I: Trumpet Tune (Reprise) $1.29 on iTunes
  12. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act II: Symphony $1.29 on iTunes
  13. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act II: I Come to Sing Great Zempoalla’s Story $1.29 on iTunes
  14. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act II: What Flatt’ring Noise is This $1.29 on iTunes
  15. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act II: Begone, Curst Fiends of Hell $1.29 on iTunes
  16. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act II: We Come to Sing Great Zempoalla’s Story $1.29 on iTunes
  17. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act III: You Twice Ten Hundred Deities $1.29 on iTunes
  18. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act III: Symphony: The God of Dreams Rises $1.29 on iTunes
  19. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act III: Seek Not to Know What Must Not Be Reveal’d $1.29 on iTunes
  20. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act III: Trumpet Overture $1.29 on iTunes
  21. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act III: Ah, How Happy Are We $1.29 on iTunes
  22. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act III: We, the Spirits of the Air $1.29 on iTunes
  23. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act III: I Attempt from Love’s Sickness to Fly in Vain - Third Act Tune - Rondeau $1.29 on iTunes
  24. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act IV: They Tell Us That Your Mighty Powers $1.29 on iTunes
  25. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act IV: Fourth Act Tune - Air $1.29 on iTunes
  26. Purcell — The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act V: While Thus We Bow Before Your Shrine $1.29 on iTunes
  27. Purcell — The Masque of Hymen: Symphony $1.29 on iTunes
  28. Purcell — The Masque of Hymen: To Bless the Genial Bed with Chaste Delights $1.29 on iTunes
  29. Purcell — The Masque of Hymen: Come All, Come All $1.29 on iTunes
  30. Purcell — The Masque of Hymen: I’m Glad I Have Met Him $1.29 on iTunes
  31. Purcell — The Masque of Hymen: Good People, I’d Make You All Blest if I Could $1.29 on iTunes
  32. Purcell — The Masque of Hymen: My Honey, My Pug $1.29 on iTunes
  33. Purcell — The Masque of Hymen: The Joys of Wedlock Soon Are Past $1.29 on iTunes
  34. Purcell — The Masque of Hymen: Sound, Sound the Trumpet, Let Love’s Subjects Know $1.29 on iTunes
  35. Purcell — The Masque of Hymen: Make Haste, Make Haste to Put on Love’s Chains $1.29 on iTunes
  36. Purcell — The Masque of Hymen: Trumpet Air $1.29 on iTunes
  37. Purcell — The Masque of Hymen: Let Loud Renown With All Her Thousand Tongues $1.29 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : To all lovers of music, catch for 3 voices, Z. 282
>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630
>Purcell, Daniel : The Masque of Hymen, incidental music
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Notes & Reviews:

Financial Times, 28th February 2015
Christophers leads a trim, affectionate performance of Purcell's last (unfinished) semi-opera. The musical forces are small and flexible, and though some previous recordings bring more star power to bear among the soloists, Purcell's bountiful score is never short-changed.

The Times, 28th February 2015
It's a delicious 72 minutes of Restoration wit and lyrical charm, performed gracefully by Harry Christophers' the Sixteen. There are stirring trumpet tunes, one magnificent bass scene (sonorously delivered by Eamonn Dougan), and fine solos from rising young singers such as Kirsty Hopkins and Matthew Long.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
A fine scene for the magician Ismeron...is suavely done by Eamonn Dougan. The band play adroitly in a few curtain tunes and the Overture...High tenor Matthew Long dispatches Fame's 'Begone, curst fiends of Hell' impressively...this is an engaging advocacy of Purcell's final and seemingly incomplete opera.

Sunday Times, 29th March 2015
Henry's music has dwindled to one song, but his contributions are of consistently finer quality...than his relative's. Christophers has less famous names than Hogwood did (Kirkby, Ainsley, Finley), but Matthew Long, Eamonn Dougan and Julie Cooper's solos are all outstanding, and their voices blend superbly in the choruses.

Henry Purcell was a brilliant music dramatist, and in The Indian Queen there is a plethora of detail, color, and characterization to be explored in every symphony, air, and dance. Purcell’s instrumental writing leaps off the page with string writing that is second to none, with a wealth of variety capped by exquisite writing for trumpet, oboes, and recorders.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
As to interpretation, Christophers is generally brisk in pace and typically sensitive to details. His singers are good competition to the better-known ones of the Mackintosh, Gardiner, and Hogwood teams; and the instrumental work is quite vivid. This is certainly as satisfying treatment as you are likely to find.

Also, Christophers gives us some bonuses. For a revival in 1696, a year after Purcell's death, a short epilogue was added: The Masque of Hymen, to a text also by Dryden and Howard. It is a silly piece meant to praise the joys of marriage. With Henry dead, the producers turned to his brother (or cousin: the scholars are still out on that one), Daniel Purcell is enjoyable enough as a 13-minute addendum. Only Hogwood and the Scholars had included that before.

Prefacing the entire program is a short "catch" or part song by Purcell (Z 282), setting comic verses by one of his publishers twitting another. I doubt you have heard that one before. Vivid sound. Admirable booklet with illuminating notes and full texts.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (09/22/2014-09/24/2014).



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>Purcell, Henry : To all lovers of music, catch for 3 voices, Z. 282
  • Performers: Jeremy Budd (Voice); Mark Dobell (Tenor); Matthew Long
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St. Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (09/22/2014-09/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St. Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (09/22/2014-09/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Daniel : The Masque of Hymen, incidental music
  • Performer: Stuart Young
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St. Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London (09/22/2014-09/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque