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

Release Date: 4/24/2012
Label: Carus
Catalog Number: CV83371
Performer: Dorothee Mields
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

CD
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$18.99
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 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
Works on This Recording
1. Tis women makes us love, Z 281 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1685 ; England
2. Bedlam Boys by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
3. Then mad, very mad let us be by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
4. Fantazia by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
5. I'll sail upn the Dog-star by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
6. Jack, thou'rt a Toper by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
7. The Triumphing Dance by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
8. A Forsaken Lover's Complaint by Robert Johnson
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
9. O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
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)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque
Written: ?1685 ; England
11. Oh the sweet delights of love by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
12. Dance of the Bacchanals by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
13. Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1680 ; England
14. Sing, sing ye druids by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
15. Oft she visits this lov'd mountain by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
16. Full Fathom Five by Robert Johnson
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque
Written: 1611 ; England
17. Rondeau by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
18. Beggar's Opera: Grim king of the ghosts by John Gay
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
19. From silent shades, Z 370 "Bess of Bedlam" by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1683 ; England
20. The Tempest: Curtain Tune by Matthew Locke
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque
Written: 1674 ; England
21. The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1693 ; England
22. The Cruel Mother by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
23. Once, twice, thrice, I Julia tried, Z 265 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque
24. William and Margret by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
25. Willow Song by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
26. Timon of Athens, Z 632: Charon the peaceful shade invites by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
27. There were three ravens by Thomas Ravenscroft
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Period: Renaissance
28. Ground in C minor by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque
29. Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer: Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque
Written: 1689 ; England
30. Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: With drooping wings ye Cupids come by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lautten Compagney
Period: Baroque
Written: 1689 ; England
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