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Music Of Albert, Prince Of Saxe, Coburg & Gotha / Burgess, Purcell Consort Of Voices

Purcell Consort Of Voices
Release Date: 04/05/2011 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4802092   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Prince Albert
Performer:  Ian PartridgePauline StevensGeoffrey ShawSusan Longfield,   ... 
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PRINCE ALBERT Songs Purcell Consort of Voices; Jennifer Partridge (pn) DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 2092 (50:43 Text and Translation)


The 16 songs on this disc are attractive, pleasant works—very impressive from the pen of a dilettante but not particularly memorable when considered as serious works of art. Albert, Prince of Saxe, Coburg and Gotha, was the Prince Consort of Queen Victoria. Once he played that latter role, he had little time for composing music, so most of these songs Read more were written before he was 21. That knowledge will probably lower your expectations to the point where this disc becomes a pleasant surprise.


Albert had a genuine ability to compose that reflects the texts (many of the poems are by his brother Ernst) and that falls naturally on the ear and lies well for the voice. The word “pretty” keeps coming to mind, both as a compliment and a description of the limitations of the music. The piano parts are pure accompaniment, with little to add to the vocal line.


The performances, recorded in 1968 and 1969, are excellent. A few of the songs are for the vocal ensemble, some are duets or trios, but the majority are solo songs. Tenor Ian Partridge is probably the standout member of the Purcell Consort, but all of the singers are attractive and sympathetic. The notes are very good, and it was wise for Decca to include texts and translations, as we are not likely to find the words easily elsewhere.


If you have a taste for songs on the lighter, less complex side, tuneful and well sung, this disc can be recommended. The sound is well balanced, though some of the climaxes of the full ensemble are a bit congested.


FANFARE: Henry Fogel
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Works on This Recording

1. Ständchen by Prince Albert
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
2. Trauerlied by Prince Albert
Performer:  Pauline Stevens (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
3. Gruss aus der Ferne by Prince Albert
Performer:  Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
4. Klage der Liebe by Prince Albert
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
5. Der Ungeliebte by Prince Albert
Performer:  Susan Longfield (Soprano)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
6. Nichts Schöneres by Prince Albert
Performer:  Christopher Keyte (Bass)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
7. Lebewohl by Prince Albert
Performer:  Pauline Stevens (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
8. Reiterlied by Prince Albert
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
9. Liebe hat uns nun verient by Prince Albert
Performer:  Christopher Keyte (Bass), Susan Longfield (Soprano)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
10. Die Winterreise by Prince Albert
Performer:  Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Ian Partridge (Tenor), Christopher Keyte (Bass)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
11. Einsamkeit by Prince Albert
Performer:  Pauline Stevens (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
12. Die letzen Worte eines Barden by Prince Albert
Performer:  Christopher Keyte (Bass)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
13. Schmerz der Liebe by Prince Albert
Performer:  Pauline Stevens (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
14. Abendruhe by Prince Albert
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
15. Vereinigung by Prince Albert
Performer:  Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices
16. Invocazione all'Armonia by Prince Albert
Conductor:  Grayston Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Consort of Voices

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