Purcell Quartet

Biography

Active: 1983 - ; London, England
The Purcell Quartet has become recognized as one of the leading chamber groups in the realm of Baroque music performance. As its name suggests, the group has devoted much effort to championing the chamber works of Henry Purcell, playing and recording whole chunks of his output: the complete three- and four-part sonatas and complete pavans. But the group's vast repertory also includes works by J.S. Bach, Corelli, Handel, Vivaldi, Schütz, and many Read more other Baroque composers. In addition -- and what makes the Purcell players unique -- they have staged operas, such as Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea and have presented large choral works in concert by Bach, including cantatas and masses. They have also made over 40 recordings, mostly for the Chandos label.

The Purcell Quartet was founded in London in 1983, but did not give its debut concert until February 14, the following year, at London's St. John's, Smith Square. The group's members then were Robert Woolley (keyboard), Catherine Mackintosh (violin), Elizabeth Wallfisch (second violin), and Richard Boothby (cello; viola da gamba). Only one change in personnel has taken place over the years: violinist Catherine Weiss replaced Wallfisch.

The group had immediate success following its triumphant 1984 debut concert, and within three years turned out six recordings for the Hyperion label, each devoted to a different Baroque composer: Vivaldi, Corelli, Alessandro Scarlatti, C.P.E. Bach, Geminiani, and Marais. In 1987 the ensemble began recording for Chandos Records and has produced more than 40 CD titles for that British label.

By the early '90s, the Purcell Quartet was in great demand, both at home and abroad. Numerous concert tours took the quartet not only throughout the U.K., but across Europe, the U.S., South America, and parts of the Middle East. In 1998 the group traveled to Japan to stage performances of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea. Three years later it returned for another important tour, this one featuring a highly successful staging of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo starring Mark Padmore. Other leading vocalists have typically appeared at the Purcell Quartet's opera and concert productions over the years, including Emma Kirkby, Nancy Argenta, Michael Chance, and Peter Harvey.

The Purcell Quartet marked its 20th anniversary in an acclaimed February 2004 concert at Wigmore Hall. The ensemble has remained very active in the recording studio, and among its recordings is the 2006 Chandos CD of Couperin's Les Nations, Vol. 2. Read less

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Active: 1983 - ; London, England
The Purcell Quartet has become recognized as one of the leading chamber groups in the realm of Baroque music performance. As its name suggests, the group has devoted much effort to championing the chamber works of Henry Purcell, playing and recording whole chunks of his output: the complete three- and four-part sonatas and complete pavans. But the group's vast repertory also includes works by J.S. Bach, Corelli, Handel, Vivaldi, Schütz, and many Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Ad pedes: Sonata
I. Ad pedes: Ecce super montes pedes
I. Ad pedes: Salve mundi salutare
I. Ad pedes: Ecce super montes pedes
I. Ad pedes: Salve mundi salutare
II. Ad genua: Sonata in tremulo
II. Ad genua: Ad ubera portabimini
II. Ad genua: Salve Jesu, rex sanctorum
II. Ad genua: Ad ubera portabimini
III. Ad manus: Sonata
III. Ad manus: Quid sunt plagae
III. Ad manus: Salve Jesu, pastor bone
III. Ad manus: Quid sunt plagae
IV. Ad latus: Sonata
IV. Ad latus: Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea
IV. Ad latus: Salve latus salvatoris
IV. Ad latus: Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea
V. Ad pectus: Sonata
V. Ad pectus: Sicut modo geniti infantes rationabiles
V. Ad pectus: Salve, salus mea, Deus
V. Ad pectus: Sicut modo geniti infantes rationabiles
VI. Ad cor: Sonata
VI. Ad cor: Vulnerasti cor meum
VI. Ad cor: Summi regis cor, aveto
VI. Ad cor: Vulnerasti cor meum
VII. Ad faciem: Sonata
VII. Ad faciem: Illustra faciem tuam
VII. Ad faciem: Salve, caput cruentatum
VII. Ad faciem: Amen
Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten (Chorus)
Recitative: Wer mich liebet, der wird meine Wort (Bass)
Aria: Heiligste Dreieinigkeit (Bass)
Aria: O Seelenparadies (Tenor)
Aria: Komm, lass mich nicht (Duet: Soprano, Alto)
Von Gott kommt mir ein Freudenschein (Chorus)
Erschallet, ihr Lieder, Erklinget, ihr Saiten! (Chorus)
Sonata
Himmelskonig, sei willkommen (Chorus)
Recitative: Siehe, ich komme (Bass)
Aria: Starkes Lieben (Bass)
Aria: Leget euch dem Heiland unter (Alto)
Aria: Jesus, lass durch Wohl und Weh (Tenor)
Chorale: Jesu, deine Passion (Chorus)
So lasset uns gehen in Salem der Freuden (Chorus)
Sinfonia
Ich hatte viel Bekummernis (Chorus)
Aria: Seufzer, Tranen, Kummer, Not (Soprano)
Recitative: Wie hast du dich, mein Gott (Tenor)
Aria: Bache von gesalznen Zahren (Tenor)
Was betrubst du dich, meine Seele (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Recitative: Ach Jesu, meine Ruh (Soprano, Bass)
Duet: Komm, mein Jesu, und erquicke (Soprano, Bass)
Sei nun wieder zufrieden, meine Seele (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Aria: Erfreue dich Seele, erfreue dich, Herze (Tenor)
Das Lamm, das erwurget ist (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
I. Grave: Staccato
II. Allegro
III. Andante: Dolce
IV. Minuetto - Non troppo allegro: Altro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Sarabanda: Largo
IV. Allegro assai
I. Grave: Staccato
II. Allegro
III. Andante: Dolce
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Grave: Staccato
II. Allegro
III. Largo: Dolce
IV. Allegro assai
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Gratioso - Altro - Gratioso
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo [Cantabile]
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Aria: Allegro ma poco
IV. Sarabanda: Largo
V. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Andante ma non troppo
IV. Presto
I. Andante
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Grazioso
IV. Giga: Allegro ma non troppo
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Gavotta: Grazioso, un poco andante
IV. Vivace
I. Sonata: Grave - Allegro
II. Allemanda
III. Courante
IV. Sarabanda
V. Gavotte
VI. Gigue
VI. Sonatina: Allegro
I. Intrada
II. Balletto
III. Sarabanda
IV. Balletto
V. Sarabanda
VI. Balletto
I. Gagliarda: Allegro
II. Sarabanda
III. Aria
III. Ciacona
V. Sonatina
I. Sonata
II. Allemanda
III. Courante
IV. Balletto
V. Sarabanda
VI. Gigue: Presto
VII. Sonatina: Adagio
I. Intrada: Allegro
II. Balletto
III. Trezza
IV. Gigue
V. Gavotte: Alla breve
VI. Gigue
VII. Retirada
I. Sonata
II. Aria
III. Canario: Presto
IV. Amener
V. Trezza
VI. Ciacona
VII. Sonatina: Adagio - Presto
Sinfonia
Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (Chorus)
Recitative: Wir mussen durch viel Trubsal (Alto)
Aria: Kreuz und Krone sind verbunden (Alto)
Aria: Ich folge Christo nach (Bass)
Aria: Sei getreu, alle Pein (Tenor)
Chorale: Was Gott tut
Sinfonia
Recitativo: Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee von Himmel fallt (Bass)
Recitativo: Mein Gott, hier wird mein Herze sein (Soprano, Tenor, Bass)
Aria: Mein Seelenschatz ist Gottes Wort (Soprano)
Choral: Ich bitt, o Herr, aus Herzens Grund
Overture - Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Chorus)
Recitative: Der Heiland ist gekommen (Tenor)
Aria: Komm, Jesu, komm zu deiner Kirche (Tenor)
Recitative: Siehe, ich stehe vor der Tur (Bass)
Aria: Offne dich, mein ganzes Herze (Soprano)
Amen! Komm, du schone Freudenkrone (Chorus)
Aria: Komm, du susse Todesstunde (Alto)
Recitative: Welt, deine Lust ist Last (Tenor)
Aria: Mein Verlangen (Tenor)
Recitative: Der Schluss ist schon gemacht (Alto)
Wenn es meines Gottes Wille (Chorus)
Chorale: Der Leib zwar in der Erden
Nichts soll und scheiden von der Liebe Gottes
Wie sollte wohl heissen das zeitliche Leiden
Auch ist kein erschaffnes Vermogen zu nennen
Denn Gott hat die Liebe so hoch ja getrieben
Sonata
Dixit Dominus Domino meo
Juravit Dominus
Dominus a dextris tuis confregit in die irae suae reges
... conquassabit capita in terra multorum
Gloria patri et filio et spiritui sancto
Sonata
An filius non est Dei
Quin immo Jesus est meus
Tu nectar es verissimum
Longe sapor dulcissime
Amen
[Sonata]
Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele
Der dir alle deine Sunde vergibet
Der deinen Mut frohlich macht
Alleluia
Sinfonia
Herr, nun lasst du deinen Diener im Friede fahren
...denn meine Augen haben deinen Heiland gesehen
...ein Licht zu releuchten die Heiden
Sinfonia
Versus 1: Christ lag in Todes Banden (Chorus)
Versus 2: Duet: Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt (Soprano, Alto)
Versus 3: Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn (Tenor)
Versus 4: Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg (Chorus)
Versus 5: Hie ist das rechte Osterlamm (Bass)
Versus 6: Duet: So feiren wir das hohe Fest (Soprano, Tenor)
Versus 7: Chorale: Wir essen und leben wohl (Chorus)
Sinfonia: Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir (Chorus)
Sinfonia: Herr, hore meine Stimme (Chorus)
Aria: So du willt, Herr, Sunde zurechnen (Bass, Soprano)
Ich harr des Hern (Chorus)
Aria: Meine Seele wartet auf den Herrn (Tenor)
Israel, hoffe auf den Herrn (Chorus)
Sonatina: Molto adagio
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit. (Chorus)
Aria: Ach, Herr, lehre uns bedenken (Tenor)
Aria: Bestelle dein Haus (Bass)
Es ist der alte Bund (Chorus)
Aria: In deine Hande befehl ich meinen Geist - (Alto)
Aria: Heute wirst du mit mir im Paradies sein (Bass, Chorus)
Glorie, Lob, Ehr und Herrlichkeit. (Chorus)
Sinfonia
Der Herr denket an uns und segnet uns (Chorus)
Aria: Er segnet, die den Herrn furchten (Soprano)
Duet: Der Herr segne euch je mehr und mehr (Tenor, Bass)
Ihr seid die Gesegneten des Herrn (Chorus)
I. Largo molto -
II. Allegro ma poco
Aria: In furore iustissimae irae
Recitative: Miserationum Pater piissime - Aria: Tunc meus fletus
Alleluia
I. Allegro
II. Grave -
III. Allegro
I. Adagio -
II. Allegro -
III. Adagio -
IV. [Allegro molto moderato]
Laudate pueri, Dominum
Sit nomen Domini benedictum
A solis ortu usque ad occasum
Excelsus super omnes gentes Dominus
Suscitans a terra inopem
Ut collocet eum cum principibus populi sui
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui sancto
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui sancto
Amen
I. Adagio molto -
II. Allegro ma poco
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Vivace
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Vivace
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
IV. Presto
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Adagio - Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Grave
III. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro - Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Largo e puntato
III. Grave
IV. Allegro
I. Preludio: Adagio
II. Allemanda: Largo
III. Corrente: Allegro
IV. Gavotta: Allegro
I. Allemanda: Adagio
II. Corrente: Allegro
III. Giga: Allegro
I. Preludio: Adagio
II. Allemanda: Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allemanda: Presto
I. Preludio: Adagio
II. Allemanda: Presto
III. Grave - Adagio
IV. Giga: Allegro
I. Preludio: Adagio
II. Allemanda: Allegro
III. Sarabande: Adagio
IV. Tempo di gavotta: Allegro
I. Allemanda: Largo
II. Corrente: Allegro
III. Giga: Allegro
I. Preludio: Adagio
II. Allemanda: Allegro
III. Corrente: Allegro
IV. Giga: Allegro
I. Preludio: Adagio
II. Allemanda: Largo
III. Sarabanda: Adagio
IV. Tempo di gavotta: Allegro
I. Allemanda: Largo
II. Tempo di sarabanda: Largo
III. Giga: Allegro
I. Preludio: Adagio
II. Allemanda: Allegro
III. Sarabanda: Largo
IV. Corrente: Allegro
I. Preludio: Adagio
II. Allemanda: Presto
III. Giga: Allegro
Sonate da camera a 3 in G major, Op. 2, No. 12
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Vivace
IV. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Vivace
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Vivace
III. Adagio
IV. Presto
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Vivace
II. Grave
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Vivace
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Vivace
II. Allegro - Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Grave
II. Presto
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Grave - Allegro - Adagio
II. Vivace
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
V. Allegro
I. Preludio: Largo
II. Corrente: Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allemanda: Presto
I. Preludio: Grave
II. Allemanda: Allegro
III. Grave
IV. Corrente: Vivace
I. Preludio: Largo
II. Corrente: Allegro
III. Sarabande
IV. Tempo di gavotta: Allegro
I. Preludio: Grave
II. Corrente: Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Giga: Allegro
I. Preludio: Adagio
II. Allemanda
III. Corrente: Vivace
IV. Gavotta: Allegro
I. Preludio: Adagio
II. Allemanda: Allegro
III. Giga: Allegro
I. Preludio: Grave
II. Corrente: Vivace
III. Grave - Sarabanda: Vivace
IV. Giga
I. Preludio. Grave
II. Allemanda: Vivace
III. Sarabanda: Allegro
I. Preludio: Largo
II. Corrente: Allegro
III. Grave
IV. Tempo di gavotta: Allegro
I. Preludio: Adagio - Allegro
II. Grave
III. Tempo di gavotta: Presto
I. Preludio: Largo
II. Corrente: Allegro
III. Allemanda: Allegro
I. Preludio: Largo
II. Allemanda: Presto
III. Giga: Allegro
[Sonata]
Ich habe Lust abzuscheiden
Spann aus, spann aus, ach frommer Gott
Dann was ist doch die schnode Welt
Wie einer, welcher auf dem Meer
So spann doch aus, ach frommer Gott
Sonata
Salve, Jesu, Patris, gnate, unigenite
O vis amoris tui, Jesu, maxima!
Cur fasciis te involvis laceris, Jesule
Cur alges, qui fulmina dira vibras
O suavis, o grandis amor, o fortis amor
Jesu, opstupesco, in quem amorem tui colliquesco
Jesu dulcis memoria
Nil canitur suavius
Jesu, spes poenitentibus
Jesu, dulcedo cordium
Nec lingua valet dicere
Jesu, rex admirabilis
Mane nobiscum, Domine
Amor Jesu dulcissimus
Jesu dulcis memoria
Sonata
Mein Herz ist bereit, Gott, dass ich singe und lobe
Wache auf, meine Ehre, wache auf, Psalter und Harfe
Herr, ich will dir danken unter den Volkern
... denn deine Gute ist so weit der Himmel ist
Erhebe dich, Gott, uber den Himmel
Cantate Domino canticum novum
Cantate Domino, et benedicite nomini ejus
... in omnium populis mirabilia ejus
... quoniam magnus Dominus et laudabilis nimis
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto
Sonata
Ich halte es dafur
Was qualet mein Herz
Was angstet main Herz
Ach war ich bei dir
Du gibest mir Ruh
Drum lass ich der Welt
Sonata
Jesu, meine Freude
Unter deinem Schirmen
Trotz dem alten Drachen
Weg mit allen Schatzen
Gute Nacht, o Wesen
Weicht, ihr Trauergeister
I. Gravement - II. Gayement - III. Gravement - IV. Gayement - V. Gravement - VI. Vivement - VII. Air: Gracieusement - VIII. Gayement
IX. Allemande: Sans lenteur
X. Courante I: Noblement
XI. Courante II: Un peu plus vite
XII. Sarabande: Gravement
XIII. Gigue: Gayement
XIV. Chaconne ou Passacaille: Moderement - Vif et marque
XV. Gavotte
XVI. Menuet
I. Pointe-coule
II. Badinage
III. Lentement, et patetiquement
IV. Air: Gracieusement, et legerement
I. [Gravement] -
II. [Gayment] -
III. Air: Tendrement - [Gravement] -
IV. Legerement - V. [-]


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