Voice of Purcell / Deller

Release Date: 11/8/2019
Catalog Number: MOB093870
Composer: Henry Purcell
Conductor: Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble: Deller Choir, King's Musick, Deller Consort...
Number of Discs: 7

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CD
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$32.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
The year 1979 saw the death of one of the leading players in the ‘Baroque’ revolution, undoubtedly the most famous countertenor of the Twentieth Century. Alfred Deller had even achieved the supreme tour de force of convincing us that, three centuries earlier, Purcell had composed his songs specifically for him.

With Alfred Deller the public of the 1960s and 1970s discovered not only an absolutely inimitable timbre but also the delights of a repertory that had been slumbering in libraries until then.

Forty years after his death, thanks to the meticulous process of remastering harmonia mundi have carried out on the original tapes, Alfred Deller’s art seems more alive than ever.

Compiles ‘The Fairy Queen’, ‘King Arthur’, ‘O Solitude’, ‘Music For A While’, ‘The Indian Queen’ and ‘Timoeon Of Athens’.

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REVIEW:

In the semioperas, particularly King Arthur and The Indian Queen, Deller’s role is principally that of conductor rather than singer. The Fairy Queen, recorded with the modern instruments of the Stour Music Orchestra and an over-large chorus, does now sound somewhat dated. Yet Deller’s deep feeling for and understanding of the essence of Purcellian style is never far away, giving much of the music an irresistible rhythmic buoyancy.

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Works on This Recording
1. Fairy Queen, Z 629 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Jean Knibbs (Soprano), John Buttrey (Tenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Mark Deller (Countertenor), Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Bass), Norman Platt (Bass), Christina Clarke (Soprano), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Conductor: Alfred Deller
Period: Baroque
Written: 1692 ; England
2. King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Rosemary Hardy (Soprano), Jean Knibbs (Soprano), Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Nigel Beavan (Bass), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Mark Deller (Countertenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Conductor: Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble: Deller Consort, Deller Choir, King's Musick
Period: Baroque
Written: 1691 ; England
3. Timon of Athens, Z 632: Masque by Henry Purcell
Performer: Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Jean Knibbs (Soprano), Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Paul Elliott (Tenor)
Conductor: Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble: Deller Consort, King's Musick
Period: Baroque
Written: 1694 ; England
4. Don Quixote, Z 578: From rosie bow'rs by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1694-1695 ; England
5. Fairy Queen, Z 629: Oh, oh, let me weep "The Plaint" by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Roderick Skeaping (Violin), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1692 ; England
6. Indian Queen, Z 630: I attempt from Love's sickness to fly by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1695 ; England
7. Fairy Queen, Z 629: Thrice happy lovers "An Epithalamium" by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1692 ; England
8. King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628: Fairest Isle by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1691 ; England
9. Sweeter than roses, Z 585 by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: By 1696 ; England
10. Prophetess, Z 627: Since from my dear Astrea's sight by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1690 ; England
11. If music be the food of love, Z 379 by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1692-1695 ; England
12. Not all my torments can your pity move, Z 400 by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque
13. Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z 193 "Evening Hymn on a Ground" by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1688 ; England
14. O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406 by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Jane Ryan (Bass Viola da gamba), Robert Elliott (Organ), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1687 ; England
15. History of King Richard II, Z 581: Retir'd from any mortal's sight by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1681 ; England
16. Oedipus, Z 583: Music for a while by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: ?1692 ; England
17. Bonduca, Z 574: O lead me to some peaceful gloom by Henry Purcell
Performer: William Christie (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1695 ; England
18. O Lord God of hosts, Z 37 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1680-1682 ; England
19. O give thanks unto the Lord, Z 33 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1693 ; England
20. My song shall be alway, Z 31 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: ?1690 ; England
21. Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z 15 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Alfred Deller (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1680-1682 ; England
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