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Purcell: King Arthur, 1691 / McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort


Release Date: 10/25/2019 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 589  
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jeremy BuddAshley RichesAnna DennisCarolyn Sampson,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



The great patriotic opera of the 17th century, recorded here in a lively new performing edition after two decades in the Gabrieli’s touring repertoire. Notoriously difficult to present on recording or in concert, this version presented by Gabrieli was created to allow an obvious musical narrative, despite Purcell’s music often being completely dislocated from much of the original theatre context. Gabrieli have been performing the music from King Arthur for nearly a quarter of a century, evolving their interpretation over time. With the score having to be pieced together using separate versions (due to Purcell’s originals being lost), and with Gabrieli’s evolved
Read more interpretation of the music, the end product of this recording is truly unique. Their next release on Signum will be with the semi-opera by Purcell, Fairy Queen, in April next year, which is an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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REVIEW:

The eight soloists with two additional singers form an excellent chorus that is adept in every context. Throughout the opera McCreesh’s speeds are relaxed rather than driven – no bad thing, to my mind, and it results in Dryden’s wonderful poetry being acted with personable clarity, and the lucidity of musical gestures ensures that affection and intimacy are the hallmarks of a performance that conveys a humane smile.

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Works on This Recording

1.
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jeremy Budd (Boy Soprano), Ashley Riches (Bass), Anna Dennis (Soprano),
Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
2.
Amphitryon, Z 572 "Two Sosias": Suite by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jeremy Budd (Boy Soprano), Ashley Riches (Bass), Anna Dennis (Soprano),
Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), James Way (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; England 

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