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Purcell In The Court And Tavern

Purcell / Pro Cantione Antiqua / Collegeum Aureum
Release Date: 08/16/2011 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1143   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  David ThomasIan PartridgeKevin [Countertenor Vocal] SmithJames Lewington,   ... 
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An impassioned and boisterous collection of song from Purcell, showcasing his talents for both official, courtly music and the less "polite" songs of the tavern.

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Texts included, as they should be, of course. But some will, I fear, not approve, in spite of the deletion of a four letter word in My Lady's coachman John; and really there is worse in As Roger last night and Tom the taylor. Still, even puritans will enjoy this record. It is an anthology of the less polite secular music of the seventeenth century. It reminds us that the madrigal cult was only one side of the coin. While Morley, Weelkes and Wilbye were carolling their pastoral ditties concerned with the (in fact) upper class love
Read more making of Thyrsis and Cloris, Italianate young shepherds revelling in the double entendre, Tom and Jenny (pun unintended) were enjoying more physical delights. Their music, arranged and sometimes composed by Thomas Ravenscroft, Lawes, Purcell and others, was derived from folk music, with good tunes and happily strong rhythms which could only be harmonised, and certainly not made into delicate contrapuntal structures. Or else the words were set to catches, which are, after all, much easier to learn than the complicated ways of madrigals. The result is usually fun, no more and no less. Though occasionally, as often in folk music, there is a grimmer side, as in The three ravens, which has almost a tragic cast about it; and occasionally there is a parodistic tone, to be seen in When the cock begins to crow where madrigalian symbolism is used to guy the images of the verse. It was in truth, tavern music, sometimes for strictly male company, and its robustness is highly enjoyable.

The singing of the Pro Cantione Antigua makes the most of the fun. It is not so exquisite as it might have been from some groups of male voices, certainly not so cosy. This is just as well, for the jokes need no underlining. The recording was made in a South German castle, which seems appropriate (the Bavarians have their own coarse humour), especially since it is suitably resonant. The only complaint I have is that the sleevenote might have given more information (why on earth was Tom making a Mantua for a Lass of Pleasure?) : but at least, as said, the texts are nearly all there. So, gentlemen, a disc for a stag night. Do enjoy it.

-- Gramophone [2/1975]
reviewing the original LP release of the secular songs, BASF 3081
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Works on This Recording

1.
Oedipus, incidental music: Hear Ye Sullen Powers / Music For A While / Come Away, Do Not Stay by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Thomas (), Ian Partridge (), Kevin [Countertenor Vocal] Smith (),
James Lewington (), James Griffett ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1692; England 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
I gave her cakes and I gave her ale, Z 256 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  James Lewington (), Ian Thompson (), James Griffett ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1690; England 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3.
Tis wine was made to rule the day, Z 546 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  James Griffett ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Work(s): He That Drinks Is Immortal / Tom The Taylor / Sir Walter Enjoying His Damsel by Henry Purcell
Performer:  James Lewington (), Ian Thompson (), James Griffett ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
Yorkshire Feast Song: So! When The Glitt'ring Queen of Night by Henry Purcell
Performer:  James Griffett ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; England 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Tempest, Z 631 "Enchanted Island": Arise, ye subterranean winds by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Thomas ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Lost is my quiet forever, Z 502 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Thomas (), Ian Partridge ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
8.
When the cock begins to crow, Z D172 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  James Griffett (), Kevin [Countertenor Vocal] Smith (), David Thomas ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9.
Work(s): My Lady's Coachman John / As Roger Last Night by Henry Purcell
Performer:  James Lewington (), Ian Thompson (), James Griffett ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
10.
Hark how the wild musicians sing, Z 542 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Ian Partridge (), Brian Etheridge ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
11.
Not all my torments can your pity move, Z 400 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Paul Esswood ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
12.
Yes, Daphne, in your looks I find (from "The Fairy Queen"), ground & aria, Z. 629/45 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  James Griffett ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
13.
Laudate Ceciliam (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), ode for alto, tenor, bass, 2 violins & continuo, Z. 32 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Ian Partridge (), Kevin [Countertenor Vocal] Smith (), James Lewington (),
David Thomas (), David [Countertenor Vocal] James ()
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683; England 
Date of Recording: 1973/76 
Venue:  Bavaria 
Length: 11 Minutes 21 Secs. 

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