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Purcell: Fairy Queen / Kok, Kenny, Randle, Rice

Purcell / Kenny / Randle / Rice / Van Allan
Release Date: 01/27/2015 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 100201  
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Simon RiceYvonne KennyRichard Van AllanThomas Randle,   ... 
Conductor:  Nicholas Kok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera OrchestraEnglish National Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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David Pountney's enchanting and colourful production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen launched in 1995 by the English National Opera was received with great enthusiasm by both the public and musical press. Under the musical direction of Nicholas Kok, the English National Orchestra played a baroque music which was as crystal clear as it was expressively infectious. Next to outstanding performers of the dancing roles such as Puck (Simon Rice) and the Indian boy (Arthur Pita), an entire armada of excellent singers was summoned up such as one seldom experiences together on the baroque opera stage. These included Yvonne Kenny as Titania, Thomas
Read more Randle as Oberon and Richard Van Allan as King Theseus. Jonathan Best, with his comic portrayal of the drunken poet, was loved by the audience and praised highly by the press, while other singers like Michael Chance, Mary Hegarthy, Janis Kelly, Marc Le Brocq and Christopher Ross all contributed their talents to produce an unusual musical theatre experience.

"It's exhilarating, funny, romantic, sexy ... the sense of a big company at full stretch thoroughly enjoying itself, is enormously invigorating" - The Times.
Running Time: 133 minutes
Format: NTSC, 16:9, PCM Stereo
Color: Color
Language: English Subtitles: German, French, Spanish

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Works on This Recording

Fairy Queen, Z 629 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Simon Rice (Voice), Yvonne Kenny (Soprano), Richard Van Allan (Bass),
Thomas Randle (Tenor), Arthur Pita (Voice)
Conductor:  Nicholas Kok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera Orchestra,  English National Opera Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 

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