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CO 6005

Purcell - The Fairy Queen

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

The Symphony of Harmony and Invention


Harry Christophers


Ann Murray


Ian Partridge


John Mark Ainsley


Michael George


Lorna Anderson


Richard Suart


Simon Berridge


Philip Daggett


Gillian Fisher


Michael Chance


Richard Suart

Blindfolded Poet

The Sixteen



Producer:

Mark Brown



Engineer:

Anthony Howell



Record Label
Coro Records

Genre:

Choir


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 131:50
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  CD 1  
 

HENRY PURCELL

 

First Musick

 


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1 Prelude 1:49
2 Hornpipe 0:54
 

Second Musick

 
3 Air 0:52
4 Rondeau 1:36
5 Overture 1:25
 

Act One

 
6 Duet 2:55
 Ann Murray
 Michael George
7 Scene of the Drunken Poet 6:12
 Richard Suart Blindfolded Poet
  Gillian Fisher, Lorna Anderson - Fairies  
8 First Act Tune: Jig 1:13
 

Act Two

 
9 Tenor Solo 2:03
 John Mark Ainsley
10 Prelude 4:16
11 Chorus 0:29
12 Soprano Solo 2:06
 Lorna Anderson
13 Night 4:38
 Gillian Fisher
14 Mystery 1:11
 Ann Murray
15 Secrecy 2:25
 Michael Chance
16 Sleep 4:03
 Michael George
17 Dance for the Followers of Night 1:15
18 Second Act Tune: Air 1:15
 

Act Three

 
19 Soprano Solo 4:26
 Ann Murray
20 Symphony While The Swans Come Forward 1:48
21 Dance for the Fairies 0:52
22 Dance for the Green Men 1:39
23 Soprano Solo 5:24
 Ann Murray
24 Dialogue between Coridon and Mopsa 3:49
 Michael George
 Michael Chance
25 Dance for the Haymakers 0:54
26 A Nymph 3:08
 Gillian Fisher
27 Duet 2:39
 John Mark Ainsley
 Michael George
28 Third Act Tune: Hornpipe 1:00
   
  CD 2  
 

Act Four

 


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1 Symphony 6:16
2 An Attendant 2:01
 Gillian Fisher
3 Duet 1:24
 Simon Berridge
 Philip Daggett
4 Entry of Phoebus 0:35
5 Phoebus 2:42
 Ian Partridge
6 Chorus 1:55
7 Spring 2:18
 Lorna Anderson
8 Summer 1:43
 Michael Chance
9 Autumn 2:21
 Ian Partridge
10 Winter 2:25
 Michael George
11 Chorus 1:01
12 Fourth Act Tune: Air 1:05
 

Act Five

 
13 Prelude 1:09
14 Juno 2:47
 Gillian Fisher
15 The Plaint 7:06
 Ann Murray
16 Entry Dance 1:16
17 Symphony 1:15
18 A Chinese Man 4:34
 John Mark Ainsley
19 A Chinese Woman 1:29
 Ann Murray
20 A Chinese Man 2:17
 John Mark Ainsley
21 Monkey's Dance 0:47
22 A Chinese Woman 2:08
 Gillian Fisher
23 A Chinese Woman 2:43
 Lorna Anderson
24 Two Chinese Women 2:33
 Gillian Fisher
 Lorna Anderson
25 Prelude 0:31
26 Hymen 4:11
 Richard Suart
27 Two Chinese Woman and Hymen 1:01
28 Chaconne 2:43
29 Chorus 1:18


The Sixteen’s acclaimed baroque orchestra, makes its first appearance on a CORO disc. The Fairy Queen, one of Purcell’s grandest creations, is a fantastic blend of magic, mystery, passion and tomfoolery - both profoundly moving and entertaining in turn. The Sixteen’s superb recording features soloists Ann Murray, Lorna Anderson, Gillian Fisher, Michael Chance and Richard Suart.Based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen was composed in 1691/2 and remains without doubt one of his greatest works adding his magic, wit and sensuality to that of the play.One of the greatest of England’s composers, Purcell flourished in the years that followed the Restoration of Charles II to the throne, his unique talents celebrated and admired in the atmosphere of artistic creativity and courtly opulence of the time.

"A performance like this shows dimensions of Purcell’s genius that are all too rarely heard on disc."


Gramophone

"A superb lyric display of Purcell’s high genius."

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