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Purcell: Songs / Michael Chance, Florilegium


Release Date: 03/09/2010 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93937   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PURCELL Songs: 1 Strike the Viol; The Queen’s Expedition; Here the Deities Approve; O solitude; Sweeter than roses; Music for a while; If music be the food of love; In the black dismal dungeon; An Evening Hymn. Dioclesian: 2 First music; Overture; First Act Tune; Dance of the Furies; Second Act Tune; Two in once upon a ground; The Chair Dance; Third Act Tune; Butterfly Dance; Country Dance; Read more Dance of the Bacchanals; Still I’m wishing; Canaries; 2 Dances. Timon of Athens: 3 Curtain Tune Michael Chance (ct); Richard Boothby (vdg); Maggie Cole (hpd); Nigel North (lt, thb); 1 Florilegium 2,3 BRILLIANT 93937 (72:50)


I am unsure about the provenance of the music on this disc, which, though pleasing, combines two different sessions by two different groups. (The notes are uninformative; more mysteriously, the Brilliant Classics Web site doesn’t, if I have read it correctly, list this disc.) But the music is the thing, and the music here is beautifully stylish and well recorded, both the songs sung by countertenor Michael Chance, a known quantity since he began recording in 1980, and the theater music by Florilegium, a group of 10 accomplished musicians. Chance is an expressive singer and Nigel North an effective accompanist, as we hear especially in the most intimate songs, such as If music be the food of love. (North also plays on the Purcell song collection by Nancy Argenta.) There are a surprising number of alternatives to this collection, including performances by Alfred Deller, Emma Kirkby, Ian Partridge, and James Bowman who has done all the secular songs on three CDs. What this disc offers, besides the budget price, is a fine collection of songs with an equally fine collection of theater music, the lively “Country Dance” with its melody carried by two recorders as well as a “Bacchanal,” and several other imitative pieces. This is all light music, exquisitely tuneful and even boisterous in a courtly manner, and it has rarely been better played.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323: Strike the Viol, touch... by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; London, England 
2.
Incassum, Lesbia, rogas, Z 383 "Queen's Epicedium" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1695; England 
3.
Here the deities approve by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
4.
O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1687; England 
5.
Sweeter than roses, Z 585 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: By 1696; England 
6.
Oedipus, Z 583: Music for a while by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
7.
If music be the food of love, Z 379 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692-1695; England 
8.
In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z 190 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; England 
9.
Evening Hymn by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
10.
Chaconne for Harpsichord in G minor, Z T680 "Timon of Athens" by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
11.
Prophetess, Z 627: Suite by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; England 
12.
Timon of Athens, Z 632: Curtain tune by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Purcell with grandiose performance June 9, 2012 By S Cohenroellvaneyck (SOUTH WENTWORTHVILLE, NSW) See All My Reviews "This CD contains two styles, the first 7 tracks are close to a devout, the following 17 are close to gay playful living. This reminds of music by T Campion and J Dowland with beautiful singing and brilliant passes of the lute and accompaniments. The soprano voice has a melting quality and the texts are surprising and humorous.
Play this CD and one can select the music to achieve the desired mood of the soul. Grandiose."
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