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dtwilbanks

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The Purcell Thread
« on: September 18, 2007, 06:51:44 AM »
List your favorite Purcell recordings here, please. Thanks.

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2007, 07:00:47 AM »
Tried 'The Fairy Queen' yet? You're in for a treat. ;)

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2007, 07:02:18 AM »
Tried 'The Fairy Queen' yet? You're in for a treat. ;)

Which recording, sir?

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2007, 07:04:06 AM »
http://tinyurl.com/3cs9nj

This is a very low-priced two-CD box, one of the best values for the dollar in my collection. I used to hunt around for Baroque music by composers other than the infamous Big Three of that era, and Purcell seemed to be near the 4th most named. Amazingly, our local (pathetic) library had two of his complete operas, King Arthur and The Fairy Queen, which I checked out and listened to.

Some of the songs on these CDs are terrific. I got it for Nancy Argenta's voice alone, but ended up finding a few favourites here. The musicians are drawn from one of the most underrated orchestras, Ensemble Sonnerie, and sound superb. I was really surprised by how great this box is, especially taking price into consideration.

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2007, 07:04:14 AM »
Which recording, sir?

I have Naxos (got it cheap in a charity shop), though I understand that Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have done a version well worth hearing.

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2007, 07:49:20 AM »
A thread on Purcell is an excellent idea.

This is a very obvious suggestion, but since nobody had mentioned it sofar...  8)



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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2007, 08:28:26 AM »
King Arthur with Pinnock on Archiv and The Fairy Queen with Christie on HM.

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2007, 08:34:05 AM »
A thread on Purcell is an excellent idea.

I completely agree.

And I applaud dt's magnanimous efforts to educate the greater GMG public on this topic ..........

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2007, 08:45:46 AM »
This is a very nice disc, well-priced.

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2007, 09:42:46 AM »


So the conductor was convicted for a crime, but he has quite a way with Purcell's music.
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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2007, 09:45:36 AM »
So the conductor was convicted for a crime, but he has quite a way with Purcell's music.

Yep, it's certainly not going to make me dump my excellent Complete Sacred Music box on Hyperion - which I will continue to recommend.
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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2007, 11:41:28 AM »
Oh, c'mon. This is it? :) Surely there are more Purcell enthusiasts than this.

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2007, 11:50:49 AM »
This is all I have:



My favorite work is the masque "The Fairy Queen". Still looking for another worthwhile recording, perhaps more recent than the one I own (recorded in 1970).
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Re: The Purcell Thread
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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2007, 06:31:22 PM »
Just added these to my Purcell collection:







Will listen tomorrow at work. :)

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2007, 07:27:31 PM »
Will listen tomorrow at work. :)

It goes without saying that we await your appraisal .........

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2007, 12:23:09 AM »


Purcell's most sustained and consummate invention? Perhaps. I vaguely remember someone - possibly Harrison Birtwistle (possibly not) - choosing these pieces on R3's Private Passions and describing them as in some ways being precursors of the late Beethoven Quartets. That same rarefied feeling, absolute perfection from first to last, contrapuntally and harmonically intriguing, but suffused with profound and personal sentiment. And all made to fit snugly on one CD.... bliss, especially in these performances.

Hey, look - the Amazon UK reviewer makes the same Beethoven comparison. So it must be true:

Quote from: someone at Amazon UK

The problem with viol consort composers is that they come in two categories: Purcell and everyone else, however distinguished. Purcell wrote these pieces as the fashion for playing viol consorts was coming to an end and, in a sense, they are a summation of what went before. The music is Purcell at his most intellectual and chromatic; and in its own way it is as satisfying as the late Beethoven string quartets - though in miniature. Fretwork play it beautifully, with an unerring knack of choosing exactly the right tempo and (most important) immaculate intonation. If you like modern string music but don't know Purcell, buy it. Purcell fans will already have bought it.

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2007, 05:19:22 AM »


Purcell's most sustained and consummate invention? Perhaps. I vaguely remember someone - possibly Harrison Birtwistle (possibly not) - choosing these pieces on R3's Private Passions and describing them as in some ways being precursors of the late Beethoven Quartets. That same rarefied feeling, absolute perfection from first to last, contrapuntally and harmonically intriguing, but suffused with profound and personal sentiment. And all made to fit snugly on one CD.... bliss, especially in these performances.

Hey, look - the Amazon UK reviewer makes the same Beethoven comparison. So it must be true:


Sold! Thanks.

D Minor, I'm no reviewer, so I don't trust myself to "appraise" anything. However I can tell you if I like them, which I probably will. It's Purcell! :)


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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #18 on: September 19, 2007, 05:41:56 AM »
dt, I'm glad this new thread is actually about something!
A thread on Purcell is an excellent idea.

This is a very obvious suggestion, but since nobody had mentioned it sofar...  8)



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And not to forget the Chandos Chaconne recording with Emma Kirby, also a gem.

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Re: The Purcell Thread
« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2007, 05:59:44 AM »


Dido & Aeneas:  Dame Janet Baker, ECO, Anthony Lewis

I generally prefer my early music HIP.  However, a performance like this blows away my reservations.

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