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PURCELL, H.: Theatre Music, Vol. 1 (Aradia Ensemble, Mallon)


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PURCELL, H.: Theatre Music, Vol. 1 (Aradia Ensemble, Mallon)

Written mostly during the last five years of his life, Purcell’s Theatre Music is a rich and varied collection of some of the composer’s finest melodic inspirations. They include solemn overtures, cheerful and sad songs, as well as delightful dances, either incorporated into the action of the play or performed as preludes and interludes. This first volume of the series includes many gems such as the erotic musical diversion in Amphitryon which takes the form of a Pastoral Dialogue betwixt Thyrsis and Iris, the amorous shepherd begging for, and finally being granted, his heart’s desire; and the series of dances in The Gordian Knot Unty’d, the most delightful of which are the Rondeau, Minuett and the final Chacone.

Purcell, Henry
Dryden, John, lyricist(s)

  Amphitryon, Z. 572, "The 2 Sosias"
1.   I. Overture 00:03:05
2.   II. Saraband 00:01:55
3.   III. Hornpipe 00:02:06
4.   Celia, That I Once Was Blest (Soprano) 00:02:57
5.   IV. Scotch Tune 00:01:39
6.   For Iris I Sigh (Soprano) 00:02:34
7.   V. Air 00:01:33
8.   VI. Minuet 00:01:50
9.   A Pastoral Dialogue Betwixt Thrsis and Iris (Bass, Soprano) 00:05:15
10.   VII. Hornpipe 00:01:07
11.   VIII. Borree 00:01:18

Purcell, Henry

  Sir Barnay Whigg, Z. 589: Blow, Boreas, Blow
12.   Sir Barnay Whigg, Z. 589: Blow, Boreas, Blow 00:03:49
  The Gordion Knot Unty'd, Z. 597
13.   Overture 00:03:44
14.   Second Music: Air 00:01:30
15.   Second Music II: Minuet 00:02:11
16.   First Act Tune: Air 00:01:29
17.   Second Act Tune: Rondo Minuet 00:01:42
18.   Third Act Tune: Air 00:01:59
19.   Fourth Act Tune: Jig 00:01:28
20.   Chaconne 00:02:57
  Circe, Z. 575
21.   We Must Assemble By a Sacrifice (Bass, Chorus) 00:01:39
22.   Their Necessary Aid You Use (Tenor, Bass, Chorus) 00:02:48
23.   Come Every Demon (Tenor, Chorus) 00:03:12
24.   Magicians' Dance 00:01:34
25.   Pluto, Arise! (Bass) 00:01:17
26.   Lovers Who To Their First Embraces Go (Soprano, Alto, Chorus) 00:02:55

Total Playing Time: 00:59:33

Purcell, Henry

Dryden, John

Mallon, Kevin

Aradia Ensemble

Aronoff, Neil; Bower, Nicole; Duyn, Brian; Jeffrey, Andrea; Kettrick, Michelle; Mahon, Peter; McArthur, Roz; Tomkins, Giles

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.570149

Barcode: 0747313014972

Physical Release: 03/2008

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