Alfred Deller - Portrait of a Legend: Opera & Stage; Sacred Song; Solo Song; Folksong [4 CDs]

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628
>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630
>Purcell, Henry : Olinda in the shades unseen, song, Z. 404
>Purcell, Henry : Thus to a ripe, consenting maid (from "Old Bachelor"), song, Z. 607/10
>Purcell, Henry : How happy's the husband (from "Love Triumphant"), song, Z. 582/1
>Chant, Gregorian : Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae
>Tallis, Thomas : Te lucis ante terminum
>Couperin, François : Lecon de Tenebres 2, for treble voice & continuo
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Jubilate Domino, omnis terra, BuxWV 64
>Purcell, Henry : In guilty night, Z 134
>Gibbons, Orlando : Great King of Gods
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ave verum corpus, for 5 voices (doubtful)
>Grandi, Alessandro : Il secondo libro de motetti
>Anonymous : The Wind and the Rain
>Morley, Thomas : First Booke of Ayres
>Morley, Thomas : O mistress mine, where are you roaming
>Anonymous, English : The Willow Song (a.k.a. "The Willow", "The Poor Soul Sat Sighing", "Willow, Willow")
>Anonymous : Calleno custure me
>Anonymous, English : Miserere My Maker, for voice & lute
>Campion, Thomas : I care not for these ladies
>Bartlet, John : Of All the Birds That I Do Know
>Rosseter, Philip : What Then Is Love But Mourning
>Blow, John : The self-banish'd (A Minuet)
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Glory of the Arcadian groves
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Fine knacks for ladies, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Purcell, Henry : Don Quixote, Z 578
>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
>Caccini, Giulio : Pien d'amoroso affetto
>Saracini, Claudio : Pallidetto qual viola
>Caccini, Giulio : Amarilli mia bella, for voice & continuo (from Le nuove musiche)
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Infirmata, vulnerata, motet for alto, 2 violins & continuo
>Traditional, English : The Three Ravens, folk song
>Traditional, American : Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, folk song
>Morley, Thomas : Sweet nimphe, come to thy lover, madrigal for 2 voices
>Morley, Thomas : I goe before, my darling, madrigal for 2 voices
>Traditional, English : The Oak and the Ash (North Country Maid), folk song
>Traditional, American : Barbara Allen (Tennessee)
>Traditional, English : Lord Rendall, folk song
>Traditional, American : The Water Is Wide (after O Waly, Waly)
>Traditional, English : The Tailor and the Mouse, folk song
>Traditional, English : Down by the Salley Gardens, folk song
>Traditional, British Isles : I Will Give My Love an Apple, folk song
>Morley, Thomas : Miraculous love's wounding, madrigal for 2 voices
>Jones, Robert (II) : Sweet Kate
>Traditional, English : Bushes and briars, folk song
>Traditional, English : The Foggy, Foggy Dew, folk song
>Traditional, Irish : She Moved through the Fair, folk song
>Anonymous : Evening Prayer
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

An inspired and always deeply moving artist, Alfred Deller was not only one of the greatest countertenors of all time but also an exceptional musician in every sense of the word. This set contains three discs of carefully chosen selections from his finest recordings, arranged thematically and including tracks never before released on CD. "Alfred Deller's singing is beguiling and timeless." - Gramophone

Born in 1912 in Margate, Kent, the legendary countertenor Alfred Deller recorded for harmonia mundi from 1967 until his death in July 1979. The discs contained in this specially-priced collection, many of them bestsellers (Music for a While, O Solitude), caught the public's imagination and influenced several generations of musicians. The great Nicolaus Harnoncourt proclaimed, "We had never heard a male alto before, and now this! A magnificent sound, handled with refinement, effortless, light, ideal for our old instruments; exceptionally individual and used with great expressiveness. To accompany him was sheer pleasure." Unavailable for many years, the set is offered again here at an even more attractive price.



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>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Act 2. Come all ye songsters of the sky
  • Performer: Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Deller Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Act 2. Prelude
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Stour Music Festival Orchestra
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Act 2. May the God of Wit inspire / While Echo
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); John Buttrey (Tenor); Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Stour Music Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Act 3. Dialogue
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Norman Platt (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Deller Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Act 4. Symphony
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Stour Music Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Act 5. Thus, thus the gloomy world
  • Performer: Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Deller Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Act 5. Thus happy and free
  • Performer: Jean Knibbs (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Stour Music Festival Chorus
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Act 5. Yes, Xansi, in your looks I find
  • Performer: Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Stour Music Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Act 5. Monkey's Dance
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Deller Consort
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628 :: Act 1. Scene 2. I call ye all
  • Performers: Jane Ryan (Viola da gamba); Robert Elliott (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: King's Musick
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628 :: Act 5. Scene 2. Fairest Isle
  • Performers: William Christie (Harpsichord); Wieland Kuijken
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630 :: Act 1. Wake, Quivera, wake
  • Performers: Jane Ryan (Viola da gamba); Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Robert Elliott (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: King's Musick
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630 :: Act 3. Trumpet Overture
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: King's Musick
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630 :: Act 3. Ah, how happy are we / We the spirits of the air
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Jean Knibbs (Soprano); William Christie (Harpsichord); Honor Sheppard (Soprano); Wieland Kuijken; Paul Elliot (Voice)
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Deller Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630 :: Act 3. I attempt from Love's sickness
  • Performers: William Christie (Harpsichord); Wieland Kuijken
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Olinda in the shades unseen, song, Z. 404
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Robert Elliott (Harpsichord); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Thus to a ripe, consenting maid (from "Old Bachelor"), song, Z. 607/10
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Robert Elliott (Harpsichord); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Purcell, Henry : How happy's the husband (from "Love Triumphant"), song, Z. 582/1
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Robert Elliott (Harpsichord); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1693

>Chant, Gregorian : Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae
  • Performer: Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Deller Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : Te lucis ante terminum
  • Performer: Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Deller Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Leçon de Ténèbres 2, for treble voice & continuo
  • Performers: Raphael Perulli (Violin); Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Michel Chapuis (Organ)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1712

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Jubilate Domino, omnis terra, BuxWV 64
  • Performers: Raphael Perulli (Violin); Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Michel Chapuis (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1690

>Purcell, Henry : In guilty night, Z 134
  • Performers: A.R. Shuttleworth (Cello); Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Honor Sheppard (Soprano); Robert Elliott (Organ); Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1692

>Gibbons, Orlando : Great King of Gods
  • Performer: Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: Deller Consort
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ave verum corpus, for 5 voices (doubtful)
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Robert Elliott (Organ)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Grandi, Alessandro : Il secondo libro de motetti
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Robert Elliott (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous : The Wind and the Rain
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.

>Morley, Thomas : First Booke of Ayres
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Morley, Thomas : O mistress mine, where are you roaming
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Anonymous, English : The Willow Song (a.k.a. "The Willow", "The Poor Soul Sat Sighing", "Willow, Willow")
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.

>Anonymous : Calleno custure me
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.

>Anonymous, English : Miserere My Maker, for voice & lute
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Campion, Thomas : I care not for these ladies
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1601

>Bartlet, John : Of All the Birds That I Do Know
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1606

>Rosseter, Philip : What Then Is Love But Mourning
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1601

>Blow, John : The self-banish'd (A Minuet)
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Robert Elliott (Organ); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>Clarke, Jeremiah : Glory of the Arcadian groves
  • Performers: David Munrow (Recorder); Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Richard Lee (Recorder); Robert Elliott (Harpsichord); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Fine knacks for ladies, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1600

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); William Christie (Harpsichord); Wieland Kuijken
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1692-1775

>Purcell, Henry : Don Quixote, Z 578
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); William Christie (Harpsichord); Wieland Kuijken
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
  • Performers: Jane Ryan (Viola da gamba); Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Robert Elliott (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Caccini, Giulio : Pien d'amoroso affetto
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Saracini, Claudio : Pallidetto qual viola
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Caccini, Giulio : Amarilli mia bella, for voice & continuo (from Le nuove musiche)
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1601

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Infirmata, vulnerata, motet for alto, 2 violins & continuo
  • Performers: Clarence Myerscough (Violin); Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Robert Elliott (Harpsichord); Irvine Arditti (Violin); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 10/16/1702

>Traditional, English : The Three Ravens, folk song
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1611

>Traditional, American : Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, folk song
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.

>Morley, Thomas : Sweet nimphe, come to thy lover, madrigal for 2 voices
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Mark Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1595

>Morley, Thomas : I goe before, my darling, madrigal for 2 voices
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Mark Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1595

>Traditional, English : The Oak and the Ash (North Country Maid), folk song
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.

>Traditional, American : Barbara Allen (Tennessee)
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Written: 1937

>Traditional, English : Lord Rendall, folk song
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, American : The Water Is Wide (after O Waly, Waly)
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.

>Traditional, English : The Tailor and the Mouse, folk song
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, English : Down by the Salley Gardens, folk song
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1889

>Traditional, British Isles : I Will Give My Love an Apple, folk song
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.

>Morley, Thomas : Miraculous love's wounding, madrigal for 2 voices
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Mark Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1595

>Jones, Robert (II) : Sweet Kate
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Mark Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, English : Bushes and briars, folk song
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.

>Traditional, English : The Foggy, Foggy Dew, folk song
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Written: by 1815

>Traditional, Irish : She Moved through the Fair, folk song
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1700

>Anonymous : Evening Prayer
  • Performers: Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Desmond Dupré (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.