Purcell: Theatre Music, Vol 1 / Mallon, Aradia Ensemble

Release Date: 3/25/2008
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8570149
Composer: Henry Purcell
Conductor: Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Written mostly during the last five years of his life, Purcell’s Theatre Music is a rich and varied collection of some of the composer’s finest melodic inspirations. They include solemn overtures, cheerful and sad songs, as well as delightful dances, either incorporated into the action of the play or performed as preludes and interludes. This first volume of the series includes many gems such as the erotic musical diversion in Amphitryon which takes the form of a Pastoral Dialogue betwixt Thyrsis and Iris, the amorous shepherd begging for, and finally being granted, his heart’s desire; and the series of dances in The Gordian Knot Unty’d, the most delightful of which are the Rondeau, Minuett and the final Chacone.
Works on This Recording
1. Amphitryon, Z 572 "Two Sosias" by Henry Purcell
Performer: Michelle Kettrick (Soprano), Andrea Jeffrey (Soprano), Nicole Bower (Soprano), Giles Tomkins (Bass)
Conductor: Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque
Written: 1690 ; England
2. Circe, Z 575 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Neil Aronoff (Bass), Roz Mcarthur (Alto), Peter Mahon (Countertenor), Nicole Bower (Soprano), Giles Tomkins (Bass), Brian Duyn (Tenor)
Conductor: Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque
Written: ?1690 ; England
3. Sir Barnaby Whigg, Z 589: Blow, blow, Boreas, blow by Henry Purcell
Performer: Giles Tomkins (Bass), Brian Duyn (Tenor)
Conductor: Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque
Written: 1681 ; England
4. Gordian Knot Unty'd, Z 597 by Henry Purcell
Conductor: Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque
Written: 1691 ; England
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