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Purcell's Revenge: Sweeter than Roses? / Olivia Chaney, James Bowman, Ana Silvera, Jim Moray

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Amphitryon, Z. 572, "The 2 Sosias"
>Purcell, Henry : There's Not a Swain (from "Rule a Wife and Have a Wife"), song, Z. 587/1
>Purcell, Henry : Abdelazer, Z570
>Purcell, Henry : An Evening Hymn to the Ground, "Now that the sun hath veiled his light"
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in G major, Z 742
>Purcell, Henry : Work(s)
>Purcell, Henry : Sweeter than roses (from "Pausanias"), song, Z. 585/1
>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen, Z629
>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628
>Purcell, Henry : Second Part of Musick's Hand-maid
>Purcell, Henry : Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z 184
>Purcell, Henry : Jig (from "Abdelazar" (as Z. 570/7)) for harpsichord in G minor, ZT 686
>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while
>Chaney, Olivia : Cassiopeia
>Silvera, Ana : Halos
>Purcell, Henry : Prophetess, Z 627
>Purcell, Henry : When first Amintas sued for a kiss, song, Z. 430
>Purcell, Henry : The Married Beau, Z603
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Delving into the past is never a simple matter for David McGuinness and his indomitable early-music-meets-nu-folk group Concerto Caledonia. But the present venture, even more than most, eludes verbal description. The group returns - in the company of some starry guest names - to the territory of their 2011 Britten tribute Revenge of the Folksingers, now engaging with music by Henry Purcell in a tapestry of arrangements and creative responses that is never less than surprising. Variations by eighteenth-century Scot James Oswald rub shoulders with the Purcell tunes they are based on, while original songs by Olivia Chaney and Ana Silvera and some literally 'electrifying' instrumental contributions add to the general air of expectations confounded.

The Times, 14th March 2015
Hate it or love it (and it will divide listeners) this CD is certainly a different take on Purcell, presenting some of his most famous dances and vocal pieces in versions that emphasise folk roots and folk styles of playing and singing...Invigorating and controversial.

Early Music Review, April 2015
The mixture of instruments works, played mostly by top-rate early musicians.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
For all the riff-like charms of their ground basses, Purcell's songs have proved surprisingly resistant to reinvention...So to say that Concerto Caledonia's album veers between maddening and utterly joyous is to put them well ahead of the curve.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Britten Studio, Snape (04/01/2013).



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Amphitryon, Z. 572, "The 2 Sosias" :: Moonlight - Scotch Tune
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : There's Not a Swain (from "Rule a Wife and Have a Wife"), song, Z. 587/1
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1693

>Purcell, Henry : Abdelazer, Z570 :: Rondeau
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : An Evening Hymn to the Ground, "Now that the sun hath veiled his light"
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1687

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in G major, Z 742
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Work(s) :: A New Scotch Tune, Z655 - Peggie I must love thee (Balcarres Lute Book)
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Sweeter than roses (from "Pausanias"), song, Z. 585/1
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen, Z629 :: First Music
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1691

>Purcell, Henry : Second Part of Musick's Hand-maid :: Old Sir Simon the King
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : Second Part of Musick's Hand-maid :: Jigg
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen, Z629 :: One charming night
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z 184
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1688

>Purcell, Henry : Jig (from "Abdelazar" (as Z. 570/7)) for harpsichord in G minor, ZT 686
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1692

>Chaney, Olivia : Cassiopeia
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Silvera, Ana : Halos
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen, Z629 :: The Plaint
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Prophetess, Z 627
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : When first Amintas sued for a kiss, song, Z. 430
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : The Married Beau, Z603 :: Hornpipe on a Ground
  • Conductor: David McGuinness
  • Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694
  • Studio/Live: Live