Purcell - King Arthur 1691 - Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh - 2019 (FLAC, 24BIT – 192KHZ)

Purcell – King Arthur 1691 – Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh – 2019 (FLAC, 24BIT – 192KHZ)

Composer: Henry Purcell
Orchestra: Gabrieli Consort
Conductor: Paul McCreesh
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
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Number of channels: 2.0
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Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh / Purcell – King Arthur 1691 (2019)

Henry Purcell (1659-95)

King Arthur, Z628 1:34:48

01. Aire (from Amphitryon, Z. 572) 1:03
02. Minuet (from Amphitryon, Z. 572) 1:04
03. Hornpipe (from Amphitryon, Z. 572) 1:09
04. Scotch Tune (from Amphitryon, Z. 572) 0:57
05. Overture 1:48
06. Aire 1:36

ACT 1

07. Verse & Chorus – Woden, First to Thee / We Have Sacrific’d (Chorus) 2:33
08. Verse & Chorus – The White Horse Neigh’d Aloud / To Woden Thanks We Render (Chorus) 1:16
09. Verse & Chorus – The Lot Is Cast / Brave Souls (Chorus) 2:42
10. Song & Chorus – I Call You All to Woden’s Hall (Chorus) 2:02
11. Prelude, Song & Chorus – Come If You Dare, Our Trumpets Sound (Chorus) 3:18

ACT 2

12. Prelude – Aire 0:41
13. Song & Chorus – Hither This Way (Philadel) 2:11
14. Song – Let Not a Moonborn Elf Mislead Ye (Grimbald) 1:17
15. Chorus – Hither This Way (Chorus) 0:37
16. Verse & Chorus – Come Follow Me (Chorus) 2:11
17. Prelude, Song & Chorus – How Blest Are Shepherds (Shepherd) 5:24
18. Prelude & Song – Shepherd, Shepherd, Leave Decoying (Two Shepherdesses) 1:56
19. Chorus & Dance – Come, Shepherds, Lead up a Lively Measure (Chorus) 0:59
20. Second Act Tune – Rondeau (From Distress’d Innocency, Z. 577) 0:53

ACT 3

21. Prelude & Verse – What Ho, Thou Genius of This Isle! (Cupid) 1:20
22. Prelude & Song – What Power Art Thou (Cold Genius) 2:18
23. Song – Thou Doting Fool, Forbear (Cupid) 0:49
24. Song – Great Love, I Know Thee Now (Cold Genius) 0:59
25. Verse – No Part of My Dominion Shall Be Waste (Cupid) 0:55
26. Chorus & Dance – See, See, We Assemble (Chorus) 2:31
27. Prelude, Song & Chorus – ’Tis I That Have Warm’d Ye / ’Tis Love That Has Warm’d Us (Cupid) 2:48
28. Song – Sound a Parley (Cupid & Cold Genius) 2:28
29. Chorus – ’Tis Love That Has Warm’d Us (Chorus) 1:46
30. Third Act Tune – Aire 1:12

ACT 4

31. Soft Music – Aire (from Bonduca, Z. 574) 2:55
32. Song – Two Daughters of This Aged Stream Are We (Two Sirens) 3:12
33. Passacaglia – How Happy the Lover / For Love Every Creature (Chorus) 5:06
34. Song by Mr. Howe – You Say, ’Tis Love Creates the Pain (He & She) 5:09

ACT 5

35. Fourth Act Tune – Hornpipe 0:53
36. Prelude – Rondeau (From The Old Bachelor, Z. 607) 0:41
37. Prelude & Song – Ye Blust’Ring Brethren / Serene and Calm (Aeolus) 3:04
38. Soft Tune 2:04
39. Prelude, Song & Chorus – Round Thy Coasts (Nereid) 2:22
40. Song – For Folded Flocks (Three Shepherds) 0:51
41. Song & Dance – Your Hay It Is Mow’d (Comus & Peasants) 2:37
42. Prelude & Song – Fairest Isle (Venus) 3:36
43. Tune for Trumpets (after Dioclesian, Z. 627) 0:41
44. New Song & Chorus for Britannia & St George – Sound Heroes, Your Brazen Trumpets Sound! / Let All Rehearse (Fame) 5:37
45. Grand Dance – Chaconne 3:17

Anna Dennis, Mhairi Lawson, Rowan Pierce, Carolyn Sampson (sopranos), Jeremy Budd (high tenor), James Way (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)

As one of the finest pianists of his era and an improviser of genius, Ludwig van Beethoven’s preferred vehicle for musical exploration was the piano. His earliest composition, from 1782, was a set of piano variations and he continued to compose for solo piano until the last years of his life. His interest in the concerto form diminished as his deafness forced him to retire from performing. Nonetheless, with his five piano concertos composed between 1788 and 1809, Beethoven not only achieved a brilliant conclusion to the Classical piano concerto, but also established a new model for the Romantic era: a sort of symphony with obbligato piano which remained a reference point well into the beginning of the twentieth.

Ronald Brautigam has already recorded these seminal works with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, in acclaimed performances released between 2008 and 2010. Since then he has also released all of Beethoven’s solo piano music on the fortepiano to universal praise. When Brautigam now returns to the concertos, it is in the company of conductor Michael Alexander Willens and Die Kölner Akademie playing on period instruments. The same team has previously partnered him in an 11-disc survey of Mozart’s piano concertos and it is plain to hear that all involved clearly relish the opportunity to congratulate Beethoven on the eve of his 250th anniversary.

BBC Music Magazine

Choruses are more vibrant, dance rhythms more percussive and solos more delicate than in any previous recording. Above all, McCreesh and his artists make us hear Purcell’s genius for word-setting…But the chief delight of this recording is its consort aesthetic: rather than elbowing forward through virtuosity, the artists exert themselves to work as a collective…another jewel in McCreesh’s crown.

Sunday Times

McCreesh’s Purcell is always worth waiting for. This patriotic 1691 semi-opera…is new to his discography, but is sung and played with his characteristic love of lean textures and youthful voices.

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