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Victorious Love - Purcell / Sampson, Cummings, Kenny, et al

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Pausanias, Z 585
>Purcell, Henry : The fatal hour comes on apace, Z 421
>Purcell, Henry : When first Amintas sued for a kiss, Z 430
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630
>Purcell, Henry : Mock Marriage, Z 605
>Purcell, Henry : From silent shades, Z 370 "Bess of Bedlam"
>Purcell, Henry : Oedipus, Z 583
>Purcell, Henry : If music be the food of love, Z 379
>Purcell, Henry : Of old, when heroes thought it base, Z 333
>Purcell, Henry : Oh! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z 402
>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628
>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
>Purcell, Henry : Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
>Purcell, Henry : Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z 193 "Evening Hymn on a Ground"
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Notes & Reviews:

Import Hybrid-SACD pressing.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2007 ****
Carolyn Sampson's luminescent soprano, with its easeful enunciation, seemingly instinctive ornamentation, and total lack of self-consciousness captures the bittersweet 'affects' of 'Sweeter than Roses', relishes the shifting tones of voice in the long nocturnal, 'From silent shades', and glows against a single theorbo accompaniment in the great 'Evening Hymn'. The instrumental palette, though limited, is exquisitely tuned to Sampson's voice and to the character of each piece.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2007
It is immediately obvious from the first few songs that this disc is truly special. Carolyn Sampson's singing is deliciously enjoyable for its sweet tuning, flawless intonation, impeccable stylishness, shapely phrasing of melodic lines and textural awareness.

American Record Guide
Her tone is extraordinarily beautiful: natural, warm and unforced, with almost superhuman vocal athleticism.



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Pausanias, Z 585 :: Sweeter than roses
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : The fatal hour comes on apace, Z 421
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : When first Amintas sued for a kiss, Z 430
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1687
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Oh, oh, let me weep "The Plaint"
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Sarah Sexton (Violin); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1692
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630 :: They tell us that your mighty powers
  • Performers: Sarah Sexton (Violin); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Jane Rogers (Viola); Andrea Morris (Violin); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1695
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Mock Marriage, Z 605 :: Man is for the woman made
  • Performers: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : From silent shades, Z 370 "Bess of Bedlam"
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1683
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Oedipus, Z 583 :: Music for a while
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1692
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Now the night is chas'd away
  • Performers: Sarah Sexton (Violin); Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Andrea Morris (Violin); Jane Rogers (Viola)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1692
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : If music be the food of love, Z 379
  • Performers: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1692-1695
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: Thrice happy lovers "An Epithalamium"
  • Performers: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1692
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Of old, when heroes thought it base, Z 333 :: Bashful Thames
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Andrea Morris (Violin); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Sarah Sexton (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1690
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Indian Queen, Z 630 :: I attempt from Love's sickness to fly
  • Performers: Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1695
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Oh! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z 402
  • Performers: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628 :: Fairest Isle
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Sarah Sexton (Violin); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Jane Rogers (Viola); Andrea Morris (Violin); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
  • Performers: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1687
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: If love's a sweet passion
  • Performers: Sarah Sexton (Violin); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Andrea Morris (Violin); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord); Jane Rogers (Viola); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1692
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
  • Performers: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Anne-Marie Lasla (Viol); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1693
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z 193 "Evening Hymn on a Ground"
  • Performers: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1688
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio