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Purcell - Theatre Music / Hogwood, Et Al


Release Date: 10/12/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000321502   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Joy RobertsChristopher KeyteMartyn HillPeter Bamber,   ... 
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient MusicTaverner Choir
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Most of the music Purcell wrote for the theatre is relatively little heard and much of the music comes up with striking freshness in these performances using authentic instruments. As well as the charming dances and more ambitious overtures, we are offered more extended scena with soloists and chorus of which the nine excerpts from Theodosius are a particular entertaining example."

-- Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition] Review of L'Oiseau-Lyre 425-893.

This enchanting record consists of songs and duets from Restoration plays, almost all of them on various aspects of love. The variety is remarkable. Conventional love duets a few (one from Pausanias, ''My dearest, my fairest'', is for soprano and
Read more tenor), but in ''No, resistance is but vain'' the two sopranos are both impassioned and funny on an age-old problem. In ''Celemere, pray tell me'' a brother and sister in their early teens innocently wonder why their mother won't let them share the same bed any longer. (In this Emma Kirkby sings both 'He' and 'She', which seems wrong.) Some of the solo songs with words intended for a man are given to a soprano, for instance the one that accepts adultery, ''Though you make no return to my passion'', but this reversal of sexes seems to have been quite usual in songs in Purcell's day.

The two sopranos have nearly all the jam sound celestial when high up in thirds, (''Love, thou are best of human joys''), and Judith Nelson is irresistible in ''Whilst I with grief''—apparently sung in both Dryden's The Spanish Friar and by Mrs Bracegirdle in Don Quixote II—and in the famous song about kissing, ''Sweeter than roses''. In fact this record is full of the loveliest songs most beautifully sung and very well recorded. An amusing curiosity is a quarreling quartet from a bawdy play, The Canterbury Guests, in which two housewives indulge in a scurrilous slanging match until parted by their husbands. What a comic opera Purcell might have written! This quartet is far indeed ahead of its time. Recommended.

-- Gramophone [9/1985] Review of L'Oiseau-Lyre 414-174
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Works on This Recording

1.
Abdelazer, Z 570 "Moor's Revenge" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Joy Roberts (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
2.
Distressed Innocence, Z 577 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; England 
3.
Married Beau, Z 603 "Curious Impertinent" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Joy Roberts (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
Language: English 
4.
Gordian Knot Unty'd, Z 597 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
5.
Bonduca, Z 574 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Christopher Keyte (Bass), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Peter Bamber (Tenor),
Alan Byers (Tenor), Judith Nelson (Soprano), Prudence Lloyd (Soprano),
Elisabeth Lane (Soprano), James Bowman (Countertenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Taverner Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
6.
Circe, Z 575 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Elisabeth Lane (Soprano), James Bowman (Countertenor), Christopher Keyte (Bass),
Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Taverner Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1690; England 
Language: English 
7.
Virtuous Wife, Z 611 "Good Luck at Last" by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1694; England 
8.
Old Bachelor, Z 607 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Christopher Keyte (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Language: English 
9.
Don Quixote, Z 578 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Judith Nelson (Soprano), James Bowman (Countertenor),
David Thomas (Bass), Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694-1695; England 
Language: English 
10.
Amphitryon, Z 572 "Two Sosias" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano), Christopher Keyte (Bass), Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; England 
Language: English 
11.
Double Dealer, Z 592 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Language: English 
12.
Rival Sisters, Z 609 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Martyn Hill (Tenor), Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
Language: English 
13.
Tyrannic Love, Z 613 "Royal Martyr" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass), Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
Language: English 
14.
Theodosius, Z 606 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano), James Bowman (Countertenor), Emma Kirkby (Soprano),
David Thomas (Bass), Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Language: English 
15.
Overture for Strings in G minor, Z 772 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
16.
Libertine, Z 600 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano), David Thomas (Bass), James Bowman (Countertenor),
Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Language: English 
17.
Oedipus, Z 583 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass), James Bowman (Countertenor), Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Language: English 
18.
A Fool's Preferment, Z 571 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; England 
Language: English 
19.
At the close of the ev'ning, Z 599 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass), Michael George (Bass), Geoffrey Shaw (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Language: English 
20.
Why, my Daphne, why complaining?, Z 525 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1691; England 
Language: English 
21.
Wive's Excuse, Z 612 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Language: English 
22.
Cleomenes, the Spartan Hero, Z 576: No, no, poor suff'ring heart by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Language: English 
23.
Regulus, Z 586: Ah me! to many deaths by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Language: English 
24.
Marriage-hater Match'd, Z 602 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Language: English 
25.
Overture for Strings in D minor, Z 771 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
26.
Love Triumphant, Z 582: How happy's the husband by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
Language: English 
27.
Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, Z 587: There's not a swain by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Language: English 
28.
Female Vertuosos, Z 596: Love, thou art best by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Language: English 
29.
Epsom Wells, Z 579: Leave these useless arts by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Language: English 
30.
Maid's Last Prayer, Z 601 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Language: English 
31.
Aureng-Zebe, Z 573: I see she flies me by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Language: English 
32.
Canterbury Guests, Z 591: Good neighbour why? by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Judith Nelson (Soprano), Julian Pike (Tenor),
David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
Language: English 
33.
Fatal Marriage, Z 595 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
Language: English 
34.
Spanish Friar, Z 610: Whilst I with grief by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694-1695; England 
Language: English 
35.
Mock Marriage, Z 605 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
36.
Oroonoko, Z 584: Celemene, pray tell me by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
37.
Pavan for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo no 1 in A major, Z 748 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
38.
Pavan for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo no 2 in A minor, Z 749 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
39.
Pavan for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo no 3 in B flat major, Z 750 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
40.
Pavan for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo no 4 in G minor, Z 751 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
41.
Pavan for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in G minor, Z 752 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
42.
Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
43.
Richmond Heiress, Z 608: Behold the man by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano), David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Language: English 
44.
Henry the Second, Z 580: In vain 'gainst love I strove by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Language: English 
45.
Massacre of Paris, Z 604: Thy genius, lo by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano), David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; England 
Language: English 
46.
History of King Richard II, Z 581: Retir'd from any mortal's sight by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1681; England 
Language: English 
47.
Sir Barnaby Whigg, Z 589: Blow, blow, Boreas, blow by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1681; England 
Language: English 
48.
English Lawyer, Z 594: My wife has a tongue by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alan Byers (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Peter Bamber (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1685; England 
Language: English 
49.
Indian Emperor, Z 598: I look'd, and saw within by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Language: English 
50.
Sir Anthony Love, Z 588 "Rambling Lady" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano), Christopher Keyte (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; England 
Language: English 
51.
Sophonisba, Z 590: Beneath a poplar's shadow by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1685; England 
Language: English 
52.
Sweeter than roses, Z 585 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: By 1696; England 
Language: English 
53.
Pausanias, Z 585: My dearest, my fairest by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Judith Nelson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
54.
Trio Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Z 780 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
55.
Suite for Strings in G major, Z 770: no 1, Overture by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1681; England 

Featured Sound Samples

Double Dealer: Hornpipe
Old Bachelor: March

Sound Samples

Abdelazer: Overture
Abdelazer: Rondeau - Air - Air - Minuet
Abdelazer, Z.570: Air - Jig - Hornpipe - Air
Abdelazer: Song: Lucinda is bewitching fair
Distressed Innocence: Overture
Distressed Innocence: Air - Slow Air - Air - Hornpipe or Jig
Distressed Innocence: Rondeau - Air - Minuet
The Married Beau: Overture
The Married Beau: Slow Air - Hornpipe
The Married Beau: Air - Hornpipe - Jig
The Married Beau, Z.603: Trumpet Air - March - Hornpipe On A Ground
The Married Beau: Song: See where repenting Celia lies
The Gordian Knot Untied: Overture
The Gordian Knot Untied: Air - Rondeau Minuet - Air - Jig
The Gordian Knot Untied: Chaconne - Air - Minuet
Sir Anthony Love or the Rambling Lady (1690), Z588: Overture
Sir Anthony Love or the Rambling Lady (1690), Z588: Pursuing Beauty
Sir Anthony Love or the Rambling Lady (1690), Z588: No more, Sir, no more
Sir Anthony Love or the Rambling Lady (1690), Z588: In vain Clemene
Sir Anthony Love or the Rambling Lady (1690), Z588: Ground
Bonduca: Overture
Bonduca: Air - Hornpipe - Air
Bonduca: Hornpipe - Air - Minuet
Bonduca: Jack thou'rt a toper
Bonduca: Hear us, great Rugwith
Bonduca: Hear, ye Gods of Britain
Bonduca: Sing, sing, ye Druids
Bonduca: Divine Andante, president of war
Bonduca: To arms
Bonduca: Britons strike home
Bonduca: O lead me to some peaceful gloom
Circe: We must assemble by a sacrifice
Circe: Their necessary aid you use
Circe: Come every demon
Circe: Lovers who to their first embraces go
Circe: Magicians' Dance . . . Pluto, arise!
The Virtuous Wife: Overture
The Virtuous Wife: Song tune - Slow Air - Air
The Virtuous Wife: Preludio - Hornpipe - Minuet - Minuet (1st Act Tune)
The Old Bachelor: Overture
The Old Bachelor: Hornpipe
The Old Bachelor: Thus to a ripe consenting maid
The Old Bachelor: Slow Air - Hornpipe
The Old Bachelor: As Amoret and Thyrsis
The Old Bachelor, Z.607: Rondeau - Menuet - Boree - March - Jig

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