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Purcell: Music For A While / Alfred Deller, Deller Consort


Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 50249   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alfred DellerWilliam ChristieWieland KuijkenRoderick Skeaping,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is one of the gems of the Harmonia Mundi back-catalogue. Even at the age of 67 and recorded within three months of his death Deller preserves his special purity almost completely unimpaired. Only at the end of some demanding phrases is there the slightest hint of crumbling. What remains is his exemplary purity of stratospheric tone. He makes play with a delightful affected tremble in If Music be the Food of Love and his bird-like attack in miniature on quite high notes is memorable in Not all my torments. A sepulchral cortege is evoked through O lead me to some peaceful gloom with its evocative shrill trumpets. Equally stygian is the instrumental tissue for O Solitude while Deller's voice courses high above. The instrumental ensemble Read more comprises various permutations of clavecin, baroque violin, organ and bass viol. The notes include a useful chronology of Deller's life and there are essays by David Vickers, Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Paul Elliott and Bernard Coutaz. A rich context indeed.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Don Quixote, Z 578: From rosie bow'rs by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694-1695; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Oh, oh, let me weep "The Plaint" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Roderick Skeaping (Violin), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
William Christie (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3.
Indian Queen, Z 630: I attempt from Love's sickness to fly by Henry Purcell
Performer:  William Christie (Harpsichord), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Thrice happy lovers "An Epithalamium" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), William Christie (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5.
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628: Fairest Isle by Henry Purcell
Performer:  William Christie (Harpsichord), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Sweeter than roses, Z 585 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  William Christie (Harpsichord), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: By 1696; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
7.
Prophetess, Z 627: Since from my dear Astrea's sight by Henry Purcell
Performer:  William Christie (Harpsichord), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; England 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
8.
If music be the food of love, Z 379 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  William Christie (Harpsichord), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692-1695; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9.
Not all my torments can your pity move, Z 400 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  William Christie (Harpsichord), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
10.
Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z 193 "Evening Hymn on a Ground" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  William Christie (Harpsichord), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
11.
O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jane Ryan (Bass Viola da gamba), Robert Elliott (Organ), William Christie (Harpsichord),
Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1687; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
12.
History of King Richard II, Z 581: Retir'd from any mortal's sight by Henry Purcell
Performer:  William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1681; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
13.
Oedipus, Z 583: Music for a while by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), William Christie (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
14.
Bonduca, Z 574: O lead me to some peaceful gloom by Henry Purcell
Performer:  William Christie (Harpsichord), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 

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Oedipus: Music for a While

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