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Purcell Songs Realised by Britten

Britten,B. / Blaze,Robin / Clayton,Allan
Release Date: 06/10/2016 
Label:  Champs Hill Records   Catalog #: 106   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Matthew RoseJoseph MiddletonAllan ClaytonRuby [Soprano Vocal] Hughes,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This two-disc anthology includes all of Benjamin Britten's realizations of Henry Purcell's compositions. This outstanding group of vocalists is led here by Joseph Middleton. Middleton writes of this project: "...the result of the Purcell/Britten marriage wedded the greatest British Baroque composer with the 20th Century's finest British song composer in a totally idiosyncratic, vivid and bold way." This album marks the 100th release of Champs Hill Records. This two-disc anthology includes all of Benjamin Britten's realizations of Henry Purcell's compositions. This outstanding group of vocalists is led here by Joseph Middleton. Middleton writes of this project: "...the result of the Purcell/Britten marriage wedded the greatest British Baroque composer with the 20th Century's finest British song composer in a totally idiosyncratic, vivid and bold way." This album marks the 100th release of Champs Hill Records. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Purcell Realizations from Harmonia Sacra, songs (3) for voice & piano by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Matthew Rose (), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Length: 23 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2.
Purcell Realizations from Harmonia Sacra: Divine Hymns (2) and Alleluia, for soprano (or tenor) & pi by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Joseph Middleton (Piano), Allan Clayton ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1959 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK 
Length: 10 Minutes 7 Secs. 
3.
Purcell Realizations from Harmonia Sacra: Divine Hymns (3), for voice & piano by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ruby [Soprano Vocal] Hughes (), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1945 
Length: 12 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4.
The Queen's Epicedium, for soprano or tenor & piano (Purcell Realization) by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Joseph Middleton (Piano), Allan Clayton ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1944 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5.
Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus: Songs (7), for voice & piano by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Joseph Middleton (Piano), Matthew Rose ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1945 
Length: 14 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Let the dreadful engines of eternal will, song for baritone or tenor & continuo (Purcell Realization by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Matthew Rose (), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1971 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus: Duets (6), for 2 voices & piano by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ruby [Soprano Vocal] Hughes (), Matthew Rose (), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: circa 1954 
Length: 17 Minutes 20 Secs. 
8.
Purcell Realizations: A Miscellany of Songs (5), for voices & piano by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benedict [Baritone Vocal] Nelson (), Allan Clayton (), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1971 
Length: 17 Minutes 28 Secs. 
9.
Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus: Songs (6), for voice & piano by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robin [Countertenor Vocal] Blaze (), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1948 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK 
Length: 16 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10.
Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus: Songs (5), for voice & piano by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Matthew Rose (), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1959 
Length: 10 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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