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Purcell: Timon Of Athens, Dioclesian / Gardiner, Et Al


Release Date: 05/02/1995 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 96556   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Gillian FisherRogers Covey-CrumpPaul ElliottMichael George,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque SoloistsMonteverdi Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"For rarity value alone, John Eliot Gardiner's new recording of the music from Timon of Athens and Dioclesian is to be warmly welcomed; and it is important also for being one of the very few records of Purcell's dramatic music to pay serious attention to the performing conventions of the composer's own day. In particular the sprightly orchestral playing is full of delights, and many of the individual act-overtures and dances are sharply characterized. The Monteverdi Choir, too, are in full-blooded form, and there is a strong team of soloists. To that extent, this two-CD set must be reckoned a most desirable package."

-- Gramophone [5/1989]
"For rarity value alone, John Eliot Gardiner's new recording of the music from Timon of Athens and Dioclesian is to be warmly welcomed; and it is important also for being one of the very few records of Purcell's dramatic music to pay serious attention to the performing conventions of the composer's own day. In particular the sprightly orchestral playing is full of delights, and many of the individual act-overtures and dances are sharply characterized. The Monteverdi Choir, too, are in full-blooded form, and there is a strong team of soloists. To that extent, this two-CD set must be reckoned a most desirable package."

-- Gramophone [5/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1. Timon of Athens, Z 632 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Gillian Fisher (Soprano), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor),
Michael George (Bass), Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Stephen Varcoe (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1987 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London 
Length: 20 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2. The Prophetess, Z 627 "The History of Dioclesian" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Gillian Fisher (Soprano), Paul Elliott (Tenor),
Michael George (Bass), Stephen Varcoe (Bass), Lynne Dawson (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1690; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1987 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London 
Length: 91 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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