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Purcell: The Fairy Queen / d'Herin, Les Nouveaux Caracteres


Release Date: 09/01/2017 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 922702  
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Guillaume AndrieuxSamuel BodenJulien PicardHjördis Thébault,   ... 
Conductor:  Sébastien D'Hérin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Nouveaux Caractères
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With The Fairy Queen, Sébastien d’Hérin and Les Nouveaux Caractères set down on record their musical vision of one of Henry Purcell’s most compelling dramatic works. The 1692/1693 work dates from around half a century before two other Baroque scores which Les Nouveaux Caractères has tackled recently and received significant critical approval: Leclair’s Scylla et Glaucus and Rameau’s Les Surprises de l’Amour (the latter, like The Fairy Queen, appearing on Glossa). Being a semi-opera, the music of The Fairy Queen doesn’t need to follow a narrative methodically from start to finish and, indeed, what we get is essentially a series of self- contained masques. Purcell channels the spirit of William Shakespeare’s A Read more Midsummer Night’s Dream rather than using the text of that comedy; many characters appear across the work but yet Purcell’s music is of great coherence. Not unlike Purcell himself, Sébastien d’Hérin has opted not to use a formal chorus but to have a long- established team of musical partners singing the choral parts as well as the solo roles. Among the modern-day singers are to be found Anders Dahlin, Samuel Boden, Caitlin Hulcup (who sings “An Epithalamium”), Virginie Pochon, Guillaume Andrieux, Hjördis Thébault and Caroline Mutel (to whom is entrusted “The Plaint”). Alongside the typical instruments of the string, wind and continuo departments of d’Hérin’s orchestra are to be found a serpent, a cornett and a regal. In the booklet essay, the conductor himself explains how this new production of The Fairy Queen has taken shape over a period of ten years. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Fairy Queen, Z 629 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Guillaume Andrieux (Baritone), Samuel Boden (Tenor), Julien Picard (Tenor),
Hjördis Thébault (Soprano), Christophe Baska (Countertenor), Caroline Mutel (Soprano),
Virginie Pochon (Soprano), Caitlin Hulcup (Mezzo Soprano), Anders J. Dahlin (Tenor),
Kevin Greenlaw (Baritone), Ronan Nédélec (Baritone), Frédéric Caton (Bass)
Conductor:  Sébastien D'Hérin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Nouveaux Caractères
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 

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