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Purcell: Serenading Songs & Grounds

Purcell / Ensemble La Fenice / Tubery
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Ars Produktion   Catalog #: 38525   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jan Van ElsackerCéline ScheenStephan MacleodPaulin Bündgen,   ... 
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PURCELL Hark, how the wild musicians sing. Soft notes and gently raised. Sonata VI in 3 parts. Fairest isle, gentle murmurs. A new Irish tune. Hornpipes. Ground upon Gamut. All people that on earth. How pleasant is this flowery plain. Three treble parts upon a ground. A new ground. Music for a while. No stars again shall hurt you Jean Tubéry, cond; Ens La Fenice; Celine Scheen, Hana Blažíková (s); Paulin Bügen (ct); Jan Van Elsacker (t); Stephan MacLeod (bs); David van Bouwel (org) Read more ARS 38 525 (54:49)


This disc contains segments of three concerts given in 2008 and 2009 by La Fenice, a group founded by leader Jean Tubéry, who also plays here both flute and cornett. (The latter is a wooden instrument that looks like a snake and that uses a tiny cup-like mouthpiece. It ends up sounding like a soft voice, but was often used for virtuoso passages.) The award winning group is in residence in Auxerre, Bourgogne. They have produced here a varied program of Purcell, with songs and instrumental pieces, with the latter often, as in the Sonata VI, demonstrating the sweet cornett of its leader. The disc opens with the sprightly song Hark how the wild musicians sing, a complicated piece celebrating spring as well as music: “Look how the field, clad in a flower dress,/ Seem to forget their wintry nakedness.” Hardly wild, the performance is distinguished by its sweetness and its gentle virtuosity. It is good, though, that the texts are included: Whether because of the recording venues or the accents of the multi-national singers, the lyrics are hard to understand by themselves. The instrumentation is varied: Five of the numbers feature so-called “chest organ” or pipe organ. It’s the organ that plays the lead in the delightful Irish Hornpipe, and, with a harsher tone, that solos on the Hornpipes that follow. The organ enters into a conversation with soprano Hana Blažíková on All people that on earth. The singers are distinguished: One would have to look far to find a more lovely version of Fairest isle than Blažíková produces. The disc, then, features everything from songs for ensemble and a quartet of vocalists to organ solos, all played stylishly and with what in the Renaissance might have been called sweet abandon.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Hark how the wild musicians sing, Z 542 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jan Van Elsacker (), Céline Scheen (), Stephan Macleod (),
Paulin Bündgen ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Soft notes and gently raised, Z 510 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Stephan Macleod (), Paulin Bündgen (), Céline Scheen (),
Jan Van Elsacker ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1685; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo: no 6 in C minor, Z 795 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Stephan Macleod (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Paulin Bündgen ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628: Fairest Isle by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Stephan Macleod (),
Paulin Bündgen ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5.
A New Irish Tune for Harpsichord in G major, Z 646 "Lilliburleo" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Stephan Macleod (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Paulin Bündgen ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
6.
King Arthur, Z. 628: Hornpipes by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jan Van Elsacker (), Paulin Bündgen (), Stephan Macleod ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
7.
Ground in Gamut for Harpsichord in G major, Z 645 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Paulin Bündgen (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Stephan Macleod ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
8.
Voluntary for Organ in A major on Psalm 100, Z 721 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Paulin Bündgen (),
Stephan Macleod ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
How pleasant is this flowery plain, Z 543 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jan Van Elsacker (), Paulin Bündgen (), Stephan Macleod (),
Céline Scheen ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1688; England 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 
10.
Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Paulin Bündgen (), Stephan Macleod (), Jan Van Elsacker ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
11.
A New Ground for Harpsichord in E minor, Z T682 "Welcome to all the pleasures" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Stephan Macleod (), Paulin Bündgen (), Jan Van Elsacker ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
12.
Oedipus, Z 583: Music for a while by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Céline Scheen (), Paulin Bündgen (), Jan Van Elsacker (),
Stephan Macleod ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
13.
No stars again shall hurt you (from "The Tempest"), soprano & bass duet with chorus, Z. 631/17 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Paulin Bündgen (), Céline Scheen (), Jan Van Elsacker (),
Stephan Macleod ()
Conductor:  Jean Tubery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble la Fenice (France)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1695; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Hark, how the wild musicians sing, Z. 542
Soft notes and gently rais'd accent, Z. 510
Sonata a 3 No. 6 in C Major, Z. 795
King Arthur, Z. 628, "The British Worthy": Act V: Fairest Isle, all isles excelling
The Second Part of Musick's Hand-maid: A New Irish Tune in G Major, Z. 646, "Lilliburlero"
King Arthur, Z. 628: Hornpipe
Ground in Gamut in G Major, Z. 645
Voluntary on the Old Hundredth, Z. 721 (attrib. to J. Blow)
How pleasant is this flow'ry plain, Z. 543: How pleasant is this flow'ry plain, Z. 543
3 Parts upon a Ground in F Major, Z. 731
A New Ground in E Minor, Z. T682 (arr. for chamber ensemble)
Oedipus, King of Thebes, Z. 583: Music for a While shall all your cares beguile
The Tempest, Z. 631, "The Enchanted Island": Act V: No stars again shall hurt you

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