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Purcell: The Tempest / Gardiner, Monteverdi Orchestra

Release Date: 05/02/1995 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 96555   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Rosemary HardyRoderick EarleCarol HallDavid Thomas,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi ChoirMonteverdi Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Italianate string and vocal writing is certainly arresting, and the chorus and band are marvelous - vivacious, virtuosic and genuinely affecting.

The Tempest may or may not be by Purcell – only Dear pretty Youth definitively is – but the latest research regarding the possibility that some or most of it was written by his pupil John Weldon is as yet inconclusive. The Italianate string and vocal writing is certainly arresting – Corelli never far away – and here the chorus and band are on marvellous form; the articulation is crisp, the dances vivacious and virtuosic and in the final duet and chorus No stars again shall hurt you genuinely affecting. The Indian Queen also enjoys captivatingly fresh
Read more involvement. As with a number of these performances the men are rather more invigorating and evince a wider range of tone colour than do the women but that’s of relatively small account. The Act II What flattering noise is this is guffaw inducing, the chorus shine gloriously in I come to sing and there’s real plangency in Ye twice ten hundred deities – solo singing and accompaniment equally. I admired the oboe playing in the Act III symphony and the boyish toned Rosemary Hardy’s soprano air I attempt from love’s sickness to fly. And then most movingly of all there is the final chorus, While thus we bow, which reminds one of the final scene of Dido and Aeneas in its overwhelmingly stark simplicity. Strongly recommended.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International [reviewing Erato 68281]
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Works on This Recording

Tempest, Z 631 "Enchanted Island" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Rosemary Hardy (Soprano), Roderick Earle (Bass), Carol Hall (Soprano),
David Thomas (Bass), Jennifer Smith (Soprano), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone),
John Elwes (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1695; England 
Length: 57 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 

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