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Ewa Podles, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Patrick Peire - Récital: Airs Célèbres (1990)

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Ewa Podles, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Patrick Peire - Récital: Airs Célèbres (1990)

Ewa Podles, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Patrick Peire - Récital: Airs Célèbres (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 260 Mb | Total time: 59:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Forlane classique | # UCD 16620 | Recorded: 1990

Ewa Podles is a rarity: a true contralto with thrilling high and low notes, not to mention everything in between. Unlike Horne, whose lower register occasionally sounds baritonal, Podles is feminine throughout her estimable range. This recording of 18th-century arias exploits every aspect of this wonderful artist, including firm, beautiful tone and awesome coloratura. All of the selections, from the familiar Purcell and Gluck to the less recognizable arias from Vivaldi, Handel, and Marcello, are sung with brio and/or firm legato. Excellent period accompaniment by Patrick Peire and the Collegium Instrumental de Bruges.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen (1989)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen (1989)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 785 Mb | Total time: 64:48+63:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901308.09 | Recorded: 1989

On the strength of the immense success of Dido & Aeneas and King Arthur, in 1692 Purcell went on to produce The Fairy Queen, based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer-Night’s Dream. The work is, in fact, a ‘semi-opera’, or ‘opera with dialogue’, in which only some of the crucial scenes are provided with music. But this version of A Midsummer-Night’s Dream by the ‘Orpheus Britannicus’ became almost as famous as the play that inspired it, with its love scenes, its supernatural scenes and its innate sense of musical humour investing it with an irresistible savour and enchantment.This title was released for the first time in 1989.

Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna, The New Siberian Singers - Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (2017)

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Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna, The New Siberian Singers - Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (2017)

Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna, The New Siberian Singers - Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 63:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # 376 | Recorded: 2007

With that of Orpheus, the myth of Dido has no doubt been one of the most prolific in epics, drama and, as from the 17th century, in musical theatre. Teodor Currentzis, a young rising star on the international scene (let's just mention his success in 2008 at Opéra Bastille), took hold of this musical monument to offer us a version where, for once, drama prevails.

Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 1700, Vittorio Ghielmi, Il Suonar Parlante - The Passion of Musick (2014)

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Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 1700, Vittorio Ghielmi, Il Suonar Parlante - The Passion of Musick (2014)

Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 1700, Vittorio Ghielmi, Il Suonar Parlante - The Passion of Musick (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 340 Mb | Total time: 70:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 888 43089762 | Recorded: 2014

"The Passion of Musick" heißt eine Fantasie des schottischen Soldaten und Komponisten Tobias Hume, die der neuesten CD der Blockflötistin und mehrfachen Echo Klassik-Preisträgerin Dorothee Oberlinger ihren Namen gab. Mit ihrem Ensemble 1700, dem Ausnahmegambisten Vittorio Ghielmi und seinem Gambenquartett »Il Suonar Parlante« gewährt Oberlinger Einblicke in die vielfältige »Private musick«, die in den unruhigen Zeiten im England des 17. Jahrhundert in eleganten Salons, aber auch in Pubs und Gasthäusern erblühte. Auf der Suche nach dem vielfältigen und farbenreichen kammermusikalischen Repertoire dieser Zeit folgen die Musiker dabei auch der Fährte, die die traditionelle, keltisch geprägte Musik im barocken Kunststil Englands, Schottlands und Irlands hinterlassen hat und zeichnen ein vielfältiges Bild der Musizierpraxis der Zeit mit Werken von unter anderem Tobias Hume, Henry Purcell, Nicola Matteis, Orlando Gibbons und Matthew Locke.

Olivier Baumont - Henry Purcell: Harpsichord Suites (1995) Reissue 2009

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Olivier Baumont - Henry Purcell: Harpsichord Suites (1995) Reissue 2009

Olivier Baumont - Henry Purcell: Harpsichord Suites (1995) Reissue 2009
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 371 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: WCJ/Erato | # 2564 68655-6 | Time: 01:03:50

For all the celebrations to mark the tercentenary of Purcell’s death last year (1995), his keyboard music has remained very much in the shadow of his works for the theatre and Church; yet the simplicity and grace of these more intimate pieces make them immediately appealing. Several of them are, in fact, transcriptions of earlier vocal works, and therein lies the key to their interpretation. Of the two performers, Olivier Baumont is the more flamboyant, invariably choosing faster tempi than Sophie Yates, and playing with fluidity, panache and humour. But Yates’s guileless approach really captures the music’s ingenuousness, even if she occasionally sounds a little too strait-laced. Her harpsichord (a copy by Andrew Garlich of an instrument made in 1681 by Jean-Antoine Vaudry, now in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum) could hardly be better suited to the music, with its sweet, warm sound, beautifully reproduced by the Chandos engineers, who don’t make the all too frequent mistake of recording the instrument too close. Baumont’s harpsichord has a sharper tang, and he also uses a virginals for the Grounds and individual lessons. Both artists have much to offer, and the final choice will depend on whether you prefer your Purcell plain (Yates) or piquant (Baumont).

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players: An English Coronation, 1902-1953 (2019)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players: An English Coronation, 1902-1953 (2019)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players: An English Coronation, 1902-1953 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 662 Mb | Total time: 159:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD 569 | Recorded: 2018

The four coronations of the twentieth century were enormous and extravagant. Replete with festive pageantry, these ceremonies were joyful celebrations of British music, employing tremendous forces. Choirs from across London and beyond were marshalled to provide a chorus of over 400 voices; a full-size symphony orchestra was squeezed into Westminster Abbey, whilst bands of fanfare trumpeters led the pomp and celebration.

Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis - Henry Purcell: King Arthur (2018)

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Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis - Henry Purcell: King Arthur (2018)

Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis - Henry Purcell: King Arthur (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 484 Mb | Total time: 97:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 430 | Recorded: 2018

Henry Purcell's King Arthur, or The British Worthy, occupies the small genre of English semi-operas, i.e., stage works in which the most of the main characters speak dialogue, but songs, choruses, and incidental music provide commentary on the action. This 2018 performance by Lionel Meunier and the period ensemble Vox Luminis presents King Arthur without speaking parts, so the music is continuous and complete on two CDs, and displays the variety of musical forms and effects Purcell employed to make John Dryden's somewhat confusing play – a mixture of Norse and British mythology – come to life.

Sophie Yates - Henry Purcell: Harpsichord (1995)

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Sophie Yates - Henry Purcell: Harpsichord (1995)

Sophie Yates - Henry Purcell: Harpsichord (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 425 Mb | Total time: 69:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0587 | Recorded: 1994

Yates’s guileless approach really captures the music’s ingenuousness, even if she occasionally sounds a little too strait-laced. Her harpsichord (a copy by Andrew Garlich of an instrument made in 1681 by Jean-Antoine Vaudry, now in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum) could hardly be better suited to the music, with its sweet, warm sound, beautifully reproduced by the Chandos engineers, who don’t make the all too frequent mistake of recording the instrument too close.

Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1994)

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Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1994)

Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:32 | 243 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Decca | Catalog: 436 992-2

Christopher Hogwood has found himself a dream cast here, with even the smallest roles taken by big names. There are a couple of surprises along the way, such as the underage First Sailor (sung by a slightly quavery treble) and the cross-dressing Sorceress, here taken by a bass. Still David Thomas cackles and machinates with the best of them, so don't let that put you off.

Karina Gauvin, Francis Colpron, Les Boreades de Montreal - Purcell (2006)

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Karina Gauvin, Francis Colpron, Les Boreades de Montreal - Purcell (2006)

Karina Gauvin, Francis Colpron, Les Boréades de Montréal - Purcell (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 63:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ATMA Classique | # ACD2 2398 | Recorded: 2006

This collection puts some of the best Purcell on display–and it couldn't have a more musical or vocally accomplished advocate than Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin. Her voice is pretty for sure, but it also has richness and substance, not to mention a most endearing vibrato that adds an earnestness and enlivening tension to everything she sings.

William Christie, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet - The Enchanted Island (2012)

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William Christie, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet - The Enchanted Island  (2012)

William Christie, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet - The Enchanted Island (2012)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 6.24+6.09 Gb (2xDVD9) | 180 min
Classical | Virgin Classics | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol

"A Showcase for and a love letter to a century of amazing music" is how the creator of The Enchanted Island, Jeremy Sams, described this spectacular operatic pasticcio of music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell and others. Premiered at the Metropolitan in New York on New Year's Eve 2011, it stars Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Danielle de Niese and Placido Domingo, and is conducted by William Christie.

Jay Bernfeld, Rinat Shaham, Fuoco e cenere - Fantasy in Blue Purcell & Gershwin (2001)

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Jay Bernfeld, Rinat Shaham, Fuoco e cenere - Fantasy in Blue Purcell & Gershwin (2001)

Jay Bernfeld, Rinat Shaham, Fuoco e cenere - Fantasy in Blue Purcell & Gershwin (2001)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 279 MB | 57:07
Genre: Classical | Label: ATMA Classique

Did the world need to hear Gershwin played by a viol consort, with an occasional recorder tootling along? If so, then why not Purcell accompanied by a jazz piano? The idea of combining the two composers in one performance is an attractive one, and the mix of vocal and instrumental pieces by each composer here is intelligently grouped. Arranger and leader Jay Bernfeld offers several parallels. Both composers were, in the broadest sense, urban sensations and musical-theater composers with bigger things on their minds; both managed to complete one towering opera before dying young. He might have added more items to his list: the ground basses of Purcell's time are elaborated by their melody lines in a manner akin to, if not precisely comparable to, the structure of Gershwin's songs.

David Daniels, Martin Katz - Serenade (2000)

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David Daniels, Martin Katz - Serenade (2000)

David Daniels, Martin Katz - Serenade: Beethoven, Schubert, Caldara, Gluck, Cesti, Lotti, Gounod, Williams, Poulenc, Purcell (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 70:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 45400 2 8 | Recorded: 1999

It's a truism by now that countertenors have made a notable comeback in our time, but David Daniels isn't about to rest on his laurels. As if his recent successes weren't enough to set him apart, on this recital album Daniels forays beyond the countertenor's stereotypical domain of the baroque to interpret lieder of Beethoven and Schubert, as well as French mélodies and Vaughan Williams. A stunningly beautiful disc.

Jérôme Lejeune: Réforme et Contre-Réforme - Reformation & Counter-Reformation [8CDs] (2011)

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Jérôme Lejeune: Réforme et Contre-Réforme - Reformation & Counter-Reformation  [8CDs] (2011)

Jérôme Lejeune: Réforme et Contre-Réforme - Reformation & Counter-Reformation [8CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,69 Gb | Total time: 10:22:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 101

Following on from and designed along the same lines as the Guide to Period Instruments, this boxed set includes an exhaustive introductory text as well as a great quantity of music excerpts on the set’s eight CDs. These extracts have been taken from the extensive repertoire recorded by Ricercar over many years, with excerpts from recordings kindly provided by our colleagues from Harmonia Mundi, Gimell, Accent, Alpha and Sony supplementing our programme where necessary. The Lutheran repertoire of the Renaissance has remained for all intents and purposes unrecorded up until now; the tracks illustrating this repertoire together with other excerpts have been recorded specially for this compilation by Vox Luminis.

Joyce DiDonato, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - In War & Peace (2016)

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Joyce DiDonato, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - In War & Peace (2016)

Joyce DiDonato, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - In War & Peace (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 376 Mb | Total time: 79:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0190295928469 | Recorded: 2016

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has gained a strong following with novel, even fearless programs, flawlessly executed. The stimulus for In War & Peace was extramusical: DiDonato temporarily shelved a different project in the wake of the terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. The concept is ambitious: the booklet includes quotes about finding peace from figures as varied as Patrick Stewart, Riccardo Muti, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and an inmate at New York's Sing Sing prison. Does it directly connect with DiDonato's program of Baroque arias? Listeners will have to decide for themselves, but the good news is that the program stands on its own.