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Carolyn Sampson Sings Purcell, Corbetta, Draghi, Simpson, more "Come All Ye Songsters" / Carolyn Sampson, soprano; Jonathan Mason, cello; Elizabeth Kenny, lute; Laurence Cummings, harpsichord

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen Z629
>Purcell, Henry : Suite for Harpsichord no 5 in C major, Z 666
>Purcell, Henry : Timon of Athens Z632
>Purcell, Henry : Fly swift, ye hours, song, Z. 369
>Purcell, Henry : History of King Richard II, Z 581
>Draghi, Giovanni Battista : The Italian Ground
>Purcell, Henry : Don Quixote, Z 578
>Anonymous : Minuet
>Corbetta, Francesco : La Guitarre Royalle
>Purcell, Henry : Aureng-Zebe Z573
>Purcell, Henry : What a sad fate is mine, a song on a Ground, Z. 428
>Purcell, Henry : Pious Celinda goes to pray'rs, Z. 410
>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions on a Ground in D minor (from The Division-Viol)
>Purcell, Henry : Hail, bright Cecilia Z328
>Purcell, Henry : Abdelazar, or the Moor's Revenge Z570
>Word, Spoken : Spoken introduction
>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen Z630
>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur Z628/38
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Notes & Reviews:

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on March 17, 2015.

Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed notable success worldwide in repertoire ranging from early Baroque to the present day. She is in high demand by leading opera companies around the world, and regularly makes recital appearances too. Following the success of her first release 'Not Just Dowland'; we are now delighted to present her second release on the Wigmore Hall Live label. She is joined by some of Britain's most exciting exponents of historical performance - lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, harpsichordist Laurence Cummings, and viol player Jonathan Manson.

The leading ensemble examines the colorful world of Purcell songs. Unlike his European counterparts, Purcell was unused to the traditionally operatic terms and was unconstrained by them. Ignorance was certainly bliss in this case; for him 'Song' was a performers' medium. Though the course of this recital, recorded live at Wigmore Hall, we hear the musicians discovering and revealing the meaning of the texts, as they bring to life the works with sensitivity and charm.

The Guardian, 26th June 2016
Versatile and ever engaging, soprano Carolyn Sampson shines in this showcase of contrasting Purcell songs...As an encore, Sampson sings Fairest Isle, unhurried, with lovely ornament and pure tone.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (03/17/2015).



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>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen Z629 :: Come all ye songsters
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen Z629 :: Sing while we trip it
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen Z629 :: A dance of fairies
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen Z629 :: Ye gentle spirits of the air
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Suite for Harpsichord no 5 in C major, Z 666
  • Performer: Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1696
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Timon of Athens Z632 :: The cares of lovers
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Fly swift, ye hours, song, Z. 369
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1692
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : History of King Richard II, Z 581
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1693
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Draghi, Giovanni Battista : The Italian Ground
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Don Quixote, Z 578
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1695.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen Z629 :: Let the dreadful Engines of Eternal Will
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen Z629 :: Mystery
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Anonymous : Minuet
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord)
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Corbetta, Francesco : La Guitarre Royalle :: Passacaille
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1674
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Aureng-Zebe Z573 :: I see she flies me
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1692
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : What a sad fate is mine, a song on a Ground, Z. 428
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Pious Celinda goes to pray'rs, Z. 410
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions on a Ground in D minor (from The Division-Viol)
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Hail, bright Cecilia Z328 :: Divisions on a Ground
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1692
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Abdelazar, or the Moor's Revenge Z570 :: 'Tis Nature's Voice
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : The Fairy Queen Z629 :: Hark! The echoing air
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : Spoken introduction
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : The Indian Queen Z630 :: I attempt from love's sickness to fly
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : Spoken introduction
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur Z628/38 :: Fairest isle
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Bass Viola da gamba); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1691
  • Studio/Live: Live