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The Judgment of Paris

Daniel Purcell: The Judgment of Paris

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Spiritato

Orchestra

Julian Perkins

Conductor


Ashley Riches

baritone - Mercury

Ciara Hendrick

mezzo-soprano - Juno

Amy Freston

soprano - Pallas

Anna Dennis

soprano - Venus

Samuel Boden

tenor - Paris

Rodolfus Choir

Choral

Venue:

St John's, Smith Square

Venue

Producer:

Adam Binks

Producer

Engineer:

Adam Binks

Engineer

Record Label
Resonus

Genre:

Early Music


Opera

Total Time - 78:30
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DANIEL PURCELL

     
1 

Symphony

5:40
 
     
2 

Mercury: From High Olympus and the Realms Above

4:26
 Ashley Riches baritone - Mercury
     
3 

Paris: Symphony for Hoboys to Paris

2:31
 Samuel Boden tenor - Paris
     
4 

Paris: Wherfore dost thou seek

1:26
 Samuel Boden tenor - Paris
     
5 

Mercury: Symphony for Violins (This Radiant fruit behold)

2:12
 Ashley Riches baritone - Mercury
     
6 

Symphony for Paris

1:46
 
     
7 

Paris: O Ravishing Delight - Help me Hermes

5:33
 Samuel Boden tenor - Paris
     
8 

Mercury: Symphony for Violins (Fear not Mortal)

2:39
 Ashley Riches baritone - Mercury
     
9 

Mercury, Paris & Chorus: Happy thou of Human Race

1:36
 Ashley Riches baritone - Mercury
 Samuel Boden tenor - Paris
     
10 

Symphony for Juno - Saturnia, Wife of Thundering Jove

2:14
 Ciara Hendrick mezzo-soprano - Juno
     
11 

Trumpet Sonata for Pallas

2:45
 Amy Freston soprano - Pallas
     
12 

Pallas: This way Mortal, bend thy Eyes

1:49
 Amy Freston soprano - Pallas
     
13 

Venus: Symphony of Fluts for Venus

4:12
 Anna Dennis soprano - Venus
     
14 

Venus, Pallas & Juno: Hither turn thee gentle Swain

1:09
 Anna Dennis soprano - Venus
 Amy Freston soprano - Pallas
 Ciara Hendrick mezzo-soprano - Juno
     
15 

Symphony of all

1:38
 
     
16 

Paris: Distracted I turn

1:51
 Samuel Boden tenor - Paris
     
17 

Juno: Symphony for Violins for Juno (Let Ambition fire thy Mind)

1:40
 Ciara Hendrick mezzo-soprano - Juno
     
18 

Juno: Let not Toyls of Empire fright

2:17
 Ciara Hendrick mezzo-soprano - Juno
     
19 

Chorus: Let Ambition fire thy Mind

0:49
 
     
20 

Pallas: Awake, awake!

1:51
 Amy Freston soprano - Pallas
     
21 

Trumpet Flourish - Hark! Hark! The Glorious Voice of War

2:32
 Amy Freston soprano - Pallas
     
22 

Trumpet Sonata

2:41
 
     
23 

Pallas: O what Joys does Conquest yield

2:29
 Amy Freston soprano - Pallas
     
24 

Chorus: O how Glorious

0:55
 
     
25 

Venus: Stay lovely Youth, delay thy Choice

3:12
 Anna Dennis soprano - Venus
     
26 

Venus: Far be thee from anxious Care

0:59
 Anna Dennis soprano - Venus
     
27 

Venus & Chorus: One only Joy Manking can know

2:07
 Anna Dennis soprano - Venus
     
28 

Venus: Nature fram'd thee sure for Loving

3:36
 Anna Dennis soprano - Venus
     
29 

Venus: Gentle Shepherd

2:10
 Anna Dennis soprano - Venus
     
30 

Paris: I yield, I yield

5:13
 Samuel Boden tenor - Paris
     
31 

Grand Chorus

2:32
 
     
 Julian Perkins Conductor


In their second album for the Resonus label, the London-based early music group Spiritato present the world premiere recording of Daniel Purcell’s opera The Judgment of Paris.
 
Composed for the Music Prize of 1700-01 to a libretto by William Congreve, Daniel, the younger cousin or brother of Henry Purcell, here demonstrates an endlessly inventive and innovative style in a bold attempt to create a school of all-sung English opera. Used by all of the four entrants to the Music Prize (John Eccles, Gottfried Finger, John Weldon and Daniel Purcell), the libretto tells the tale of a shepherd Paris, who is visited by a messenger of the Gods, Mercury, who gives him the Golden Apple of Discord, which he has to award to the most deserving of three goddesses - Venus (goddess of love), Pallas (godeess of war) or Juno (goddess of marriage).
 
Spiritato are joined here by director and harpsichordist Julian Perkins and the Rodolfus Choir. The roles of the five protagonists are superbly brought to life by Anna Dennis (Venus), Amy Freston (Pallas), Ciara Hendrick (Juno), Samuel Boden (Paris) and Ashley Riches (Mercury).
 

 "... The florid writing is extremely well handled here by a splendid cast, Samuel Boden’s Paris and Ashley Riches’ Mercury in particular, while the opera is directed by Julian Perkins with verve and wit..."  ****

Brian Robins - Early Music Today magazine - June- August 2014


                                       Performance  ****       Recordings ****

"... this is a genial performance that brings to light a surprisingly lovely work, and one that would make the perfect partner to Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in the opera house."

Kate Bolton - BBC Music magazine - June 2014


 "...The stand-out singer is the tenor Samuel Boden, who sings the role of the shepherd Paris. He combines in his performance a beautiful high tenor voice, a fine appreciation of historically informed Baroque style, sensitivity towards the accompanying instruments and a well-developed dramaticflair... Listening to him is simply delightful... The FLAC version, when played on a real hi-fi device or system, is beautifully airy and especially enhances the voices... The booklet includes programme notes that are both informative about the work itself and also situate it within the historical context of late seventeenth-century English opera..."

Christopher Price - International Record Review - May 2014




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