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Countertenors / Bowman, Chance, Scholl, Somerville [DVD]

Album Summary

>Campion, Thomas : Never weather-beaten saile more willing bent to shore
>Dowland, John : Second Booke of Songes
>Dowland, John : Firste Booke of Songes
>Ford, Thomas : Musicke of Sundrie Kindes, Pt 1
>Purcell, Henry : Sound the trumpet, Z 335
>Purcell, Henry : O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z 504 "Elegy for Queen Mary II"
>Purcell, Henry : Strike the Viol
>Purcell, Henry : Evening Hymn
>Blow, John : Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" BWV 170
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Handel, George Frideric : Serse, HWV 40
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda
>Butterworth, George : Songs (6) from A Shropshire Lad
Performers Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

With its unique, soaring beauty, the high male voice is today enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity. Heirs to the celebrated castrati of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, today’s countertenors produce their voices by wholly natural means. In this program international stars Michael Chance, Andreas Scholl and James Bowman, as well as popstar Jimmy Somerville, shed light on the appeal of the male falsetto. Meanwhile, experts such as Michael White place today’s countertenors in their historical context.

With its unique, soaring beauty, the high male voice is today enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity. Heirs to the celebrated castrati of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, today's countertenors produce their voices by wholly natural means. In this program international stars Michael Chance, Andreas Scholl and James Bowman, as well as popstar Jimmy Somerville, shed light on the appeal of the male falsetto. Meanwhile, experts such as Michael White place today's countertenors in their historical context. What emerges is a compelling portrayal of an unmistakable vocal style, rooted in church and operatic tradition, yet completely up-to-date, resonating louder today than at any time in the last two hundred years. Following the South Bank Show is a 70-minute program of specially recorded performance material, showcasing the extraordinary talents of today's most popular countertenors.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 123 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby 2.0,
Subtitles: English



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Works Details

>Campion, Thomas : Never weather-beaten saile more willing bent to shore
  • Performers: David Miller (Lute); Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1613

>Dowland, John : Second Booke of Songes :: no 3, Sorrow sorrow stay, lend true repentant teares
  • Performers: David Miller (Lute); Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1600

>Dowland, John : Firste Booke of Songes :: no 5, Can she excuse my wrongs?
  • Performers: David Miller (Lute); Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1597

>Dowland, John : Second Booke of Songes :: no 2, Flow, my teares
  • Performers: David Miller (Lute); Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1600

>Ford, Thomas : Musicke of Sundrie Kindes, Pt 1 :: Since first I saw your face
  • Performers: David Miller (Lute); James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1607

>Purcell, Henry : Sound the trumpet, Z 335
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Sonnerie
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z 504 "Elegy for Queen Mary II"
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Sonnerie
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Strike the Viol
  • Performer: Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Sonnerie
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Evening Hymn
  • Performer: Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Sonnerie
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Blow, John : Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Sonnerie
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1696

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" BWV 170
  • Performer: Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Sonnerie
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1726

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608 :: Cum dederit delectis suis sommum
  • Performer: Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Sonnerie
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Serse, HWV 40 :: Ombra mai fu "Largo"
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Vivi, Tiranno!
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1725

>Butterworth, George : Songs (6) from A Shropshire Lad :: When I was one-and-twenty
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911

>Butterworth, George : Songs (6) from A Shropshire Lad :: Is my team ploughing?
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911