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Love's Madness - Songs of Henry Purcell / Dorothee Mields, soprano

Audio Samples

>Traditional, English : Tom of Bedlam, folk song
>Purcell, Henry : 'Tis women makes us love, catch for 4 voices, Z. 281
>Purcell, Henry : The Richmond Heiress
>     Then mad, very mad let us be
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731
>Purcell, Henry : A Fool's Preferment
>     I'll sail upon the Dog-star
>Purcell, Henry : Bonduca
>     Jack, thou'rt a Toper. A catch
>     Sing, sing Ye Druids
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas
>     The Triumphing Dance
>     Oft she visits this lov'd mountain
>     Dido's Lament
>     With drooping wings
>Johnson, Robert (II) : A Forsaken Lover's Complaint, song
>Purcell, Henry : The History of Dioclesian
>     Oh the sweet delights of love
>     Dance of the Bacchanals
>     Charon the peaceful shade invites
>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Full fathom five
>Purcell, Henry : Distressed Innocence
>     Rondeau
>Purcell, Henry : Sophonisba, or Hannibal's Overthrow
>     Beneath a poplar's shadow lay me
>Gay, John : Beggar's Opera
>     Grim King of the Ghosts
>Purcell, Henry : From silent shades, Z 370 "Bess of Bedlam"
>Matthew Locke/ Robert Smi : The Tempest
>     Curtain Tune
>Purcell, Henry : Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
>Traditional, English : The cruel mother, folk song ("There was a lady lived in York")
>Purcell, Henry : Once, twice, thrice, I Julia tried, catch for 3 voices, Z. 265
>Traditional : William and Margret, folk song
>Anonymous, English : The Willow Song (a.k.a. "The Willow", "The Poor Soul Sat Sighing", "Willow, Willow")
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : There Were Three Ravens, for voice(s) & ensemble
>Purcell, Henry : Ground for Harpsichord in C minor, Z T681
>Traditional : Ophelia's Mad Song

Album Summary

>Traditional, English : Tom of Bedlam, folk song
>Purcell, Henry : 'Tis women makes us love, catch for 4 voices, Z. 281
>Purcell, Henry : The Richmond Heiress
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731
>Purcell, Henry : A Fool's Preferment
>Purcell, Henry : Bonduca
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas
>Johnson, Robert (II) : A Forsaken Lover's Complaint, song
>Purcell, Henry : The History of Dioclesian
>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Full fathom five
>Purcell, Henry : Distressed Innocence
>Purcell, Henry : Sophonisba, or Hannibal's Overthrow
>Gay, John : Beggar's Opera
>Purcell, Henry : From silent shades, Z 370 "Bess of Bedlam"
>Matthew Locke/ Robert Smi : The Tempest
>Purcell, Henry : Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
>Traditional, English : The cruel mother, folk song ("There was a lady lived in York")
>Purcell, Henry : Once, twice, thrice, I Julia tried, catch for 3 voices, Z. 265
>Traditional : William and Margret, folk song
>Anonymous, English : The Willow Song (a.k.a. "The Willow", "The Poor Soul Sat Sighing", "Willow, Willow")
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : There Were Three Ravens, for voice(s) & ensemble
>Purcell, Henry : Ground for Harpsichord in C minor, Z T681
>Traditional : Ophelia's Mad Song
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

After the successful release of the album 'Love Songs', soprano Dorothee Mields now presents a second album dedicated to the music of Henry Purcell. She is joined by conductor Wolfgang Katschner and the Lautten Compagney. In this sophomore release, Mields performs Purcell favorites which focus on the pain that love can bring.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
I recommend that you pick up this very attractive presentation, as it is the most creative achievement in terms of Elizabethan songs that I've seen in several years. The sound is excellent. One very minor drawback is that the accompaniment sometimes seems too central in relation to the voice.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011).



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Works Details

>Traditional, English : Tom of Bedlam, folk song
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Purcell, Henry : 'Tis women makes us love, catch for 4 voices, Z. 281
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1685

>Purcell, Henry : The Richmond Heiress :: Then mad, very mad let us be
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1693

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : A Fool's Preferment :: I'll sail upon the Dog-star
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1688

>Purcell, Henry : Bonduca :: Jack, thou'rt a Toper. A catch
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas :: The Triumphing Dance
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Johnson, Robert (II) : A Forsaken Lover's Complaint, song
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Purcell, Henry : The History of Dioclesian :: Oh the sweet delights of love
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : The History of Dioclesian :: Dance of the Bacchanals
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
  • Performers: Ulrike Becker (Alto); Dorothee Mields (Soprano); Hans-Werner Apel (Theorbo); Ulrike Paetz (Organ)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Bonduca :: Sing, sing Ye Druids
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas :: Oft she visits this lov'd mountain
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Full fathom five
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1611

>Purcell, Henry : Distressed Innocence :: Rondeau
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Sophonisba, or Hannibal's Overthrow :: Beneath a poplar's shadow lay me
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1685

>Gay, John : Beggar's Opera :: Grim King of the Ghosts
  • Performers: Wolfgang Katschner (Theorbo); Nora Thiele (Percussion); Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1728

>Purcell, Henry : From silent shades, Z 370 "Bess of Bedlam"
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683

>Matthew Locke/ Robert Smi : The Tempest :: Curtain Tune
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1674

>Purcell, Henry : Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1693

>Traditional, English : The cruel mother, folk song ("There was a lady lived in York")
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.

>Purcell, Henry : Once, twice, thrice, I Julia tried, catch for 3 voices, Z. 265
  • Performers: Birgit Schnurpfeil (Violin); Dorothee Mields (Soprano); Anne von Hoff (Violin)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional : William and Margret, folk song
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.

>Anonymous, English : The Willow Song (a.k.a. "The Willow", "The Poor Soul Sat Sighing", "Willow, Willow")
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.

>Purcell, Henry : The History of Dioclesian :: Charon the peaceful shade invites
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Ravenscroft, Thomas : There Were Three Ravens, for voice(s) & ensemble
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1611

>Purcell, Henry : Ground for Harpsichord in C minor, Z T681
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional : Ophelia's Mad Song
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas :: Dido's Lament
  • Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas :: With drooping wings
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
  • Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche Berlin-Dahlem (07/16/2011-07/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689