Purcell: Tyrannic Love / Louis-Noel Bestion de Camboulas, Ensemble Les Surprises

Release Date: 1/22/2021
Label: Alpha
Catalog Number: ALPHA663
Performer: Eugénie Lefebvre, Étienne Bazola
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 60 Minutes

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Until the late 1680s, Henry Purcell composed almost exclusively for the royal court. But when the monarchy decided to reduce its expenditure on music in 1690, he joined the United Company, a London theatre company, and devoted himself to composing for its productions. These took varied forms, with operas such as King Arthur (1691), The Fairy Queen (1692) and The Indian Queen (1695) but also spoken plays with music, such as The Virtuous Wife (1695). It is excerpts from these works that are presented in Tyrannic Love. Compositions by Purcell’s colleagues or followers John Blow, John Eccles, Jeremiah Clarke and Daniel Purcell complete the programme. This recording marks the beginning of the collaboration between Alpha and the ensemble Les Surprises, founded in 2010, which takes its name from Les Surprises de l’Amour by Rameau, the group’s emblematic composer. Under the artistic direction of Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, who is also an organist and harpsichordist, the ensemble presents innovative interpretations and explores the rich orchestral sonorities made possible by the use of Baroque instruments.

 

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Usually to be found exploring the less familiar names of the French Baroque, the period group have crossed the Channel for this exhilarating, no-holds barred romp through vocal and instrumental music by Purcell, Blow, Eccles and Jeremiah Clarke. The theme is love, but there’s nothing coy or sugary about either music or performances that embrace extremes of emotion and expression. There’s delight after delight here, both in repertoire – which includes plenty of lesser-known treasures – and performances. 

 

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Works on This Recording
1. King Arthur, Z. 628: Act II: Hornpipe by Henry Purcell
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
2. The Comical History of Don Quixote, Z. 578: I Burn, I burn, my Brain consumes to Ashes by John Eccles
Performer: Eugénie Lefebvre (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1694 ;
3. Poor Celadon, he sighs in vain (Loving Above Himself) by John Blow
Performer: Étienne Bazola (Baritone)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
4. The Prophetess, Z. 627, "The History of Dioclesian": Dance of the Furies by Henry Purcell
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1690 ;
5. Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, Z. 587: There's not a swain on the plain by Henry Purcell
Performer: Eugénie Lefebvre (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
6. Hornpipe by Henry Purcell
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
7. The Fairy Queen, Z. 629* by Henry Purcell
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1692 ;
8. The Indian Queen, Z. 630 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Étienne Bazola (Baritone), Eugénie Lefebvre (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1695 ;
9. Venus and Adonis: Saraband for the Graces by John Blow
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Period: Baroque
Written: ?1681 ; England
10. A Fool's Preferment, Z. 571: No. 2. There's nothing so fatal as women by Henry Purcell
Performer: Étienne Bazola (Baritone)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1688 ;
11. The Virtuous Wife, Z. 611, "Good Luck at Last" by Henry Purcell
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1694 ;
12. The Comical History of Don Quixote, Z. 578: Sleep, poor youth by John Eccles
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1694 ;
13. Of old when heroes thought it base, Z. 333, "Yorkshire Feast Song": So when the glitt'ring Queen of Night by Henry Purcell
Performer: Eugénie Lefebvre (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1690 ;
14. This poet sings the Trojan wars, Z. 423, "Anacreon's Defeat" by Henry Purcell
Performer: Étienne Bazola (Baritone)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1687 ;
15. Song on the Assumption: Ground in D Minor by Jeremiah Clarke
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
16. Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z. 585: My dearest, my fairest by Henry Purcell
Performer: Eugénie Lefebvre (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1695 ;
17. Tyrannic Love, Z. 613, "The Royal Martyr": Hark! My Damilcar! by Henry Purcell
Performer: Eugénie Lefebvre (Soprano)
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
Written: 1694 ;
18. King Arthur, Z. 628, "The British Worthy": Chaconne by Henry Purcell
Conductor: Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Les Surprises
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