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Purcell: Love’s Madness / Dorothee Mields, Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney Berlin

Purcell / Lautten Compagney Berlin / Katschner
Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83371   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry PurcellRobert JohnsonJohn GayMatthew Locke,   ... 
Performer:  Dorothee Mields
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

You really won’t be disappointed with these stylish, polished, engaging performances.

In the old days—that is, the 1980s and ‘90s—this is a recording that would have been done by the Baltimore Consort, with soprano Custer LaRue; but they would have left out the boring stuff, all those endlessly plodding “grounds”, or the excessively torturous (as opposed to the reasonably tortuous) six-and-one-half-minute Expostulation of the Blessed Virgin, in favor of livelier, more virtuosic, or just more light-hearted or even humorous material.

Mields is certainly a wonderful singer—indeed, this is some of the best work she’s done—and the instrumentalists are first-rate. But I don’t buy the legitimacy of the
Read more programmatic device that supposedly unifies the chosen repertoire: a “journey into the extremities of the life of the soul, caused by feelings of love.” The word “mad” pops up frequently in the liner notes, supposedly a theme that links all of the music, by Purcell and a few contemporaries—but you’ll be hard pressed to hear and feel this connection as you listen.

That’s not to say that the program isn’t composed of some fine and well-chosen songs—and Mields has admirable command of the material; yet her final, gorgeously sung Dido’s Lament lacks a true emotional connection with the character’s situation, eliminating that oft-recorded, beloved aria as a reason to own the disc. But there are plenty more reasons among the 31 tracks—and if you’re a fan of this period and place (latter 17th-century England), and of songs such as “Sing, sing Ye Druids” and “The Three Ravens”, you really won’t be disappointed with these stylish, polished, engaging performances.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tis women makes us love, Z 281 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1685; England 
2.
Bedlam Boys by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
3.
Then mad, very mad let us be by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
4.
Fantazia by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
5.
I'll sail upn the Dog-star by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
6.
Jack, thou'rt a Toper by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
7.
The Triumphing Dance by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
8.
A Forsaken Lover's Complaint by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
9.
O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1687; England 
10.
Sophonisba, Z 590: Beneath a poplar's shadow by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1685; England 
11.
Oh the sweet delights of love by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
12.
Dance of the Bacchanals by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
13.
Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
14.
Sing, sing ye druids by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
15.
Oft she visits this lov'd mountain by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
16.
Full Fathom Five by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1611; England 
17.
Rondeau by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
18.
Beggar's Opera: Grim king of the ghosts by John Gay
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
19.
From silent shades, Z 370 "Bess of Bedlam" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; England 
20.
The Tempest: Curtain Tune by Matthew Locke
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1674; England 
21.
The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1693; England 
22.
The Cruel Mother by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
23.
Once, twice, thrice, I Julia tried, Z 265 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
24.
William and Margret by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
25.
Willow Song by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
26.
Timon of Athens, Z 632: Charon the peaceful shade invites by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
27.
There were three ravens by Thomas Ravenscroft
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
28.
Ground in C minor by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
29.
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
30.
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: With drooping wings ye Cupids come by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 

Sound Samples

Bedlam Boys [17th Century]
'Tis women makes us love
The Richmond Heiress, or A Woman Once in the Right, Z. 608: Then mad, very mad let us be
3 Parts upon a Ground in F major, Z. 731
A Fool's Preferment, Z. 571: No. 6. I'll sail upon the Dog-star
Bonduca, Z. 574, "The British Heroine": No. 10. Jack, thou'rt a toper
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626: Act I: The Triumphing Dance
A Forsaken Lover's Complaint
The Prophetess, Z. 627, "The History of Dioclesian": Act V: Masque: Oh, the sweet delights of love!
The Prophetess, Z. 627, "The History of Dioclesian": Act V: Masque: Dance of Bacchanals
O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z. 406
Fantasia a 5 in F major, Z. 745, "Upon 1 Note": Fantasia a 5 in F, Z. 745, "Upon 1 Note"
Bonduca, Z. 574, "The British Heroine": No. 13. Sing, sing, ye Druids
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626: Act II: Oft she visits this lone mountain
Full fathom five
Distress'd Innocence, Z. 577: VI. Rondeau
Sophonisba, Z. 590: Beneath a poplar's shadow
The Beggar's Opera: Act I: Grim King of the Ghosts
From silent shades, and the Elysian groves, Z. 370, "Bess of Bedlam"
The Tempest Suite: Curtain tune
Tell me, some pitying angel, Z. 196, "The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
The Cruel Mother [18th Century]
Once, twice, thrice, I Julia tried, Z. 265
William and Margret [17th Century]
The Willow Song: [16th Century]
The Prophetess, Z. 627, "The History of Dioclesian": Act II: Song: Charon the peaceful Shade invites
There were 3 Ravens
Ground in C minor, Z. D221
Ophelia's Mad Song [16th Century]
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626: Act III: When I am laid in earth, "Dido's Lament"
Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626: Act III: With drooping Wings, ye cupids come

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