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Alfred Deller - Portrait Of A Legend


Release Date: 06/08/2004 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 290261   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henry PurcellAnonymousThomas TallisFrançois Couperin,   ... 
Performer:  John ButtreyChristina ClarkeAlfred DellerMark Deller,   ... 
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller ConsortStour Music Festival OrchestraStour Music Festival Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

During the last 10 years of his life Alfred Deller made approximately 50 recordings for Harmonia Mundi, and here, 25 years after his death in 1979, the label celebrates and commemorates the work of this uniquely gifted and influential artist. By all accounts of his colleagues (several tributes are included in this set's liner notes)--and evidenced by nearly every note he sang--Deller was a master of expression, of breath control, of the most gentle phrasing and subtle shadings of pitch, always in service of the text and in devotion to the beauty of the musical line. Anyone who closely listens and compares his singing to that of his contemporaries and successors comes away with the conviction that no one has been able to do with a song--even Read more the simplest, most basic folksong--what Deller did. And although his voice has a bit of an edge and has a more penetrating, less-mellifluous cast than today's top countertenors, it also has a consistently clear, bell-like tone that's dead-center and impeccably tuned, and capable of the most minute variations in color and dynamics. It's simply a joy--and often a surprise--to hear.

Although this four-disc set is intended as a cornucopia of highlights, several tracks stand out--for me, the simpler the better. That means the solo songs and folksongs, including "The water is wide", "Down by the sally gardens", and "I will give my love an apple", the a cappella "The Wind and the Rain" (from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night), "It was a lover and his lass", and the incomparably masterful "Miserere my Maker", an absolutely astonishing display of vocal artistry and drama. Deller also shines in the Purcell theatre pieces, especially "Fairest Isle" from King Arthur.


If you've never heard Deller, this collection will provide reason enough to appreciate his singular achievement and stature in the history of vocal music and period-performance. You also may wish to investigate his other, earlier recordings on Vanguard, where you'll discover, in comparison to these selections from late in his career, the remarkable consistency of interpretation and of vocal quality and technical facility. Although it's not among Harmonia Mundi's recordings, I always will be convinced that Deller's rendition of "Annie Laurie" (Vanguard) is the most perfectly executed song performance ever captured on disc. Such a performer deserves everyone's attention and respect. Here's your chance.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Come all ye songsters of the sky by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Buttrey (Tenor), Christina Clarke (Soprano), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Mark Deller (Countertenor), Maurice Bevan (Bass), Norman Platt (Bass),
Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Jean Knibbs (Soprano), Honor Sheppard (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Stour Music Festival Orchestra,  Stour Music Festival Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
2.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Prelude by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Stour Music Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
3.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: May the God of Wit by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Buttrey (Tenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Jean Knibbs (Soprano),
Mark Deller (Countertenor), Norman Platt (Bass), Christina Clarke (Soprano),
Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Maurice Bevan (Bass), Neil Jenkins (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Stour Music Festival Orchestra,  Stour Music Festival Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
4.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Now the maids and the men by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Buttrey (Tenor), Christina Clarke (Soprano), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Norman Platt (Bass), Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Mark Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Bass), Jean Knibbs (Soprano), Honor Sheppard (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Stour Music Festival Orchestra,  Stour Music Festival Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
5.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Sinfonia to Act 4 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Stour Music Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
6.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Thus, thus the gloomy world by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Bass), John Buttrey (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Jean Knibbs (Soprano), Neil Jenkins (Tenor),
Mark Deller (Countertenor), Christina Clarke (Soprano), Norman Platt (Bass)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Stour Music Festival Orchestra,  Stour Music Festival Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
7.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Thus happy and free by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Buttrey (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Bass), Neil Jenkins (Tenor),
Norman Platt (Bass), Mark Deller (Countertenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Christina Clarke (Soprano), Jean Knibbs (Soprano), Honor Sheppard (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Stour Music Festival Orchestra,  Stour Music Festival Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
8.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Yes, Xansi by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Bass), Mark Deller (Countertenor),
Norman Platt (Bass), Christina Clarke (Soprano), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Jean Knibbs (Soprano), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), John Buttrey (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Stour Music Festival Orchestra,  Stour Music Festival Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
9.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Monkeys' Dance by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Stour Music Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
10.
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628: Act I, Scene 2 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Jane Ryan (Bass Viola da gamba), Robert Elliott (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Musick
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Language: English 
11.
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628: Fairest Isle by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), William Christie (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Language: English 
12.
Indian Queen, Z 630: Wake, Quivera by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Jane Ryan (Bass Viola da gamba), Robert Elliott (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Choir,  King's Musick
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
13.
Indian Queen, Z 630: Act 3 Trumpet Overture by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Stour Music Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
14.
Indian Queen, Z 630: Ah! how happy we are by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Jane Ryan (Bass Viola da gamba), Robert Elliott (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Choir,  King's Musick
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
15.
Indian Queen, Z 630: I attempt from Love's sickness to fly by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), William Christie (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
16.
Olinda in the shades unseen, Z 404 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), William Christie (Harpsichord), Desmond Dupré (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Language: English 
17.
Old Bachelor, Z 607: Thus to a ripe, consenting maid by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Bass Viola da gamba), William Christie (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Language: English 
18.
O how happy's he, Z 403 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), William Christie (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; England 
Language: English 
19.
Leçons de ténèbres: Lamentatione Jeremiae Prophetae by Anonymous
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Medieval 
20.
Te lucis ante terminum by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
21.
Leçons de tenébres: Douzième leçon by François Couperin
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Michel Chapuis (Organ), Raphaël Perulli (Bass Viola da gamba),
Philip Todd (Tenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Notes: Composition written: France (1713 - 1717). 
22.
Jubilate Domino, omnis terra, BuxWV 64 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Philip Todd (Tenor), Michel Chapuis (Organ),
Raphaël Perulli (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1672; Lübeck, Germany 
23.
In guilty night, Z 134 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Robert Elliott (Organ), Honor Sheppard (Soprano),
Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Anne Shuttleworth (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Language: English 
24.
Great King of Gods by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Jaye Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Language: English 
25.
Ave verum corpus by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Robert Elliott (Organ), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
26.
Il primo libro de motetti: Cantabo Domino by Alessandro Grandi
Performer:  Robert Elliott (Organ), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: 20th Century 
27.
The wind and the rain by Anonymous
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
28.
First Booke of Ayres: It was a lover and his lasse by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Language: English 
29.
O mistress mine, where are you roaming by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Language: English 
30.
Willow Song by Anonymous
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Language: English 
31.
Caleno custure me by Anonymous
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Language: English 
32.
Miserere my maker by Anonymous
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Language: English 
33.
(21) Ayres: I care not for these ladies by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Written: pub 1601 
Language: English 
34.
Of all the birds that I do know by John Bartlett
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1606; England 
Language: English 
35.
What then is love but mourning? by Philip Rosseter
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Language: English 
36.
It is not that I love you less "The Self-banish'd" by John Blow
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Robert Elliott (Organ), Desmond Dupré (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1700; England 
Language: English 
37.
The Glory of the Arcadian groves by Jeremiah Clarke
Performer:  Richard Lee (Recorder), David Munrow (Recorder), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Robert Elliott (Harpsichord), Desmond Dupré (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Language: English 
38.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 12, Fine knacks for ladies by John Dowland
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Guitar), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Language: English 
39.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 2, Flow, my teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Language: English 
40.
If music be the food of love, Z 379 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), William Christie (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692-1695; England 
Language: English 
41.
Don Quixote, Z 578: From rosie bow'rs by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), William Christie (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694-1695; England 
Language: English 
42.
O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jane Ryan (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Robert Elliott (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1687; England 
Language: English 
43.
Pien d'amoroso affetto by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1614; Italy 
Language: Italian 
44.
Pallidetto qual viola by Claudio Saracini
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Language: Italian 
45.
Le nuove musiche: Amarilli mia bella by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
Language: Italian 
46.
Infirmata vulnerata by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Bass Viola da gamba), Robert Elliott (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1702; Italy 
Language: Latin 
47.
The three ravens by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute), Desmond Dupré (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
48.
Black is the color of my true love's hair by Traditional
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Guitar), Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
49.
Sweet nymph by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Mark Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Guitar),
Desmond Dupré (Lute)
50.
I go before my darling by Traditional
Performer:  Mark Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Guitar), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Desmond Dupré (Lute)
51.
The oak and the ash by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute), Desmond Dupré (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
52.
Barbara Allen by Traditional
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Guitar), Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Written: England 
53.
Lord Rendall by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute), Desmond Dupré (Guitar)
54.
Water is wide by Traditional
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Guitar), Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
55.
The tailor and the mouse by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Guitar), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
56.
Down by the Salley Gardens by Traditional
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Guitar), Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Written: Ireland 
57.
I will give my love an apple by Traditional
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Guitar), Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
58.
Miraculous love's wounding by Traditional
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Guitar), Desmond Dupré (Lute), Mark Deller (Countertenor),
Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
59.
Sweet Kate by Robert Jones
Performer:  Mark Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Desmond Dupré (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; England 
60.
Bushes and Briars by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute), Desmond Dupré (Guitar)
61.
The foggy, foggy dew by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Guitar), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Written: England 
62.
She moved through the fair by Traditional
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Lute), Desmond Dupré (Guitar), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Written: Ireland 
63.
Evening prayer by Traditional
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Guitar), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute)

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