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Purcell: Songs, realised by Benjamin Britten / Robin Blaze, Allan Clayton, Anna Grevelius, Ruby Hughes, Benedict Nelson, Matthew Rose. Joseph Middleton, piano

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Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Harmonia Sacra, songs (3) for voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Harmonia Sacra
>Britten, Benjamin : The Queen's Epicedium, for soprano or tenor & piano (Purcell Realization)
>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus
>Britten, Benjamin : Let the dreadful engines of eternal will, song for baritone or tenor & continuo (Purcell Realization
>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations
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Notes & Reviews:

Joseph Middleton leads an exceptional group of singers in a new 2 CD anthology of Benjamin Britten's realizations of the songs of Henry Purcell. Middleton writes that: "priceless to subsequent generations of performers, the result of the Purcell/Britten marriage wedded the greatest British Baroque composer with the 20th Century's finest British song composer in a totally idiosyncratic, vivid and bold way. As Britten wrote, his intention was to 'apply to these realizations something of that mixture of clarity, brilliance, tenderness and strangeness which shines out in all Purcell's music,' Of course the same adjectives can just as well be applied to Britten's writing. This marks the 100th release by Champs Hill Records, an independent label that since 2010 has firmly established its commitment to releasing the recordings by young artists and new or under-represented repertoire, most of which (as with this recording) comes from their private 160-concert hall in West Sussex.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (05/22/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Harmonia Sacra, songs (3) for voice & piano
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Matthew Rose (Bass)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Harmonia Sacra :: Divine Hymns (2) and Alleluia, for soprano (or tenor) & pi
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1959

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Harmonia Sacra :: Divine Hymns (3), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (05/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : The Queen's Epicedium, for soprano or tenor & piano (Purcell Realization)
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: Songs (7), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: 6 Songs
  • Performers: Anna Grevelius (Mezzo Soprano); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: Songs (3), for high voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (05/22/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Britten, Benjamin : Let the dreadful engines of eternal will, song for baritone or tenor & continuo (Purcell Realization
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Matthew Rose (Bass)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: 5 Songs
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: Duets (6), for 2 voices & piano
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1954

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: 6 Songs
  • Performers: Anna Grevelius (Mezzo Soprano); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations :: Duets (6), for 2 voices & piano
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (05/22/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: Songs (7), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: A Miscellany of Songs (5), for voices & piano
  • Performers: Anna Grevelius (Mezzo Soprano); Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1954

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations :: Songs (7), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (05/22/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: Duets (6), for 2 voices & piano
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: A Miscellany of Songs (5), for voices & piano
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Matthew Rose (Bass)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: Songs (3), for high voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: Songs (7), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Matthew Rose (Bass)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (05/22/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations :: 6 Songs
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (05/22/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: 6 Songs
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Joseph Middleton (Piano); Benedict Nelson
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1954

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations :: 5 Songs
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Joseph Middleton (Piano); Benedict Nelson
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (05/22/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: Songs (3), for high voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Joseph Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus :: A Miscellany of Songs (5), for voices & piano
  • Performers: Ruby Hughes (Soprano); Joseph Middleton (Piano); Matthew Rose (Bass)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (02/27/2013/02/28/2013); Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (06/17/2014/06/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1954