Purcell: King Arthur, 1691 Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players
- Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695): King Arthur, Z. 628: Aire (from Amphitryon, Z. 572):
- 1King Arthur, Z. 628: Aire (from Amphitryon, Z. 572)01:04
- 2King Arthur, Z. 628: Minuet (from Amphitryon, Z. 572)01:05
- 3King Arthur, Z. 628: Hornpipe (from Amphitryon, Z. 572)01:10
- 4King Arthur, Z. 628: Scotch Tune (from Amphitryon, Z. 572)00:58
- 5King Arthur, Z. 628: Overture01:48
- 6King Arthur, Z. 628: Aire01:36
- King Arthur, Z. 628, Act I:
- 7King Arthur, Z. 628, Act I: Verse & Chorus – Woden, First to Thee / We Have Sacrific’d02:34
- 8King Arthur, Z. 628, Act I: Verse & Chorus – the White Horse Neigh’d Aloud / To Woden Thanks We Render01:17
- 9King Arthur, Z. 628, Act I: Verse & Chorus – the Lot Is Cast / Brave Souls 02:42
- 10King Arthur, Z. 628, Act I: Song & Chorus – I Call You All to Woden’s Hall02:02
- 11King Arthur, Z. 628, Act I: Prelude, Song & Chorus – Come If You Dare, Our Trumpets Sound03:19
- King Arthur, Z. 628, Act II:
- 12King Arthur, Z. 628, Act II: Prelude – Aire00:41
- 13King Arthur, Z. 628, Act II: Song & Chorus – Hither This Way (Philadel)02:12
- 14King Arthur, Z. 628, Act II: Song – Let Not a Moonborn Elf Mislead Ye (Grimbald)01:17
- 15King Arthur, Z. 628, Act II: Chorus – Hither This Way00:37
- 16King Arthur, Z. 628, Act II: Verse & Chorus – Come Follow Me02:12
- 17King Arthur, Z. 628, Act II: Prelude, Song & Chorus – How Blest Are Shepherds (Shepherd)05:24
- 18King Arthur, Z. 628, Act II: Prelude & Song – Shepherd, Shepherd, Leave Decoying (Two Shepherdesses)01:57
- 19King Arthur, Z. 628, Act II: Chorus & Dance – Come, Shepherds, Lead up a Lively Measure01:27
- 20King Arthur, Z. 628, Act II: Second Act Tune – Rondeau (from Distress’d Innocency, Z. 577)00:53
- King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III:
- 21King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III: Prelude & Verse – What Ho, Thou Genius of This Isle! (Cupid)01:20
- 22King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III: Prelude & Song – What Power Art Thou (Cold Genius)02:19
- 23King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III: Song – Thou Doting Fool, Forbear (Cupid)00:50
- 24King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III: Song – Great Love, I Know Thee Now (Cold Genius)00:59
- 25King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III: Verse – No Pt. Of My Dominion Shall Be Waste (Cupid)00:55
- 26King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III: Chorus & Dance – See, See, We Assemble02:32
- 27King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III: Prelude, Song & Chorus – ’Tis I That Have Warm’d Ye / ’Tis Love That Has Warm’d Us (Cupid)02:48
- 28King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III: Song – Sound a Parley (Cupid & Cold Genius)02:29
- 29King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III: Chorus – ’Tis Love That Has Warm’d Us01:47
- 30King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III: Third Act Tune – Aire01:12
- King Arthur, Z. 628, Act IV:
- 31King Arthur, Z. 628, Act IV: Soft Music – Aire (from Bonduca, Z. 574)02:55
- 32King Arthur, Z. 628, Act IV: Song – Two Daughters of This Aged Stream Are We (Two Sirens)03:12
- 33King Arthur, Z. 628, Act IV: Passacaglia – How Happy the Lover / For Love Every Creature05:06
- 34King Arthur, Z. 628, Act IV: Song by Mr. Howe – You Say, ’Tis Love Creates the Pain (He & She)05:09
- 35King Arthur, Z. 628, Act IV: Fourth Act Tune – Hornpipe00:53
- King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V:
- 36King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Prelude – Rondeau (from the Old Bachelor, Z. 607)00:41
- 37King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Prelude & Song – Ye Blust’Ring Brethren / Serene and Calm (Aeolus)03:04
- 38King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Soft Tune02:04
- 39King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Prelude, Song & Chorus – Round Thy Coasts (Nereid)02:22
- 40King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Song – for Folded Flocks (Three Shepherds)02:57
- 41King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Song & Dance – Your Hay It Is Mow’d (Comus & Peasants)02:38
- 42King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Prelude & Song – Fairest Isle (Venus)03:36
- 43King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Tune for Trumpets (after Dioclesian, Z. 627)00:42
- 44King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: New Song & Chorus for Britannia & St George – Sound Heroes, Your Brazen Trumpets Sound! / Let All Rehearse (Fame)05:37
- 45King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Grand Dance – Chaconne03:17
Info for Purcell: King Arthur, 1691
The great patriotic opera of the 17th century, recorded here in a lively new performing edition after two decades in the Gabrieli’s touring repertoire. Notoriously difficult to present on disc or in concert, this version presented by Gabrieli was created to allow an obvious musical narrative, despite Purcell’s music often being completely dislocated from much of the original theatre context.
Gabrieli have been performing the music from King Arthur for nearly a quarter of a century, evolving their interpretation over time. With the score having to be pieced together using separate versions (due to Purcell’s originals being lost), and with Gabrieli’s evolved interpretation of the music, the end product of this recording is truly unique. Their next release on Signum will be with the semi-opera by Purcell, Fairy Queen, in April next year, which is an adaptation of A Midsummer Nights Dream.
Anna Dennis, soprano
Mhairi Lawson, soprano
Rowan Pierce, soprano
Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Jeremy Budd, tenor
James Way, tenor
Ashley Riches, bass-baritone
Roderick Williams, bass-baritone
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Paul McCreesh, conductor
is the founder and Artistic Director of Gabrieli which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians and broadening access to classical music; he works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible.
McCreesh has guest conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including most recently the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival orchestras, and Berlin Konzerthausorchester, whom he returns to this season to conduct Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations with Saint Paul and Basel Chamber Orchestras, conducting choral projects with both orchestras in 2016/17, the latter at Menuhin Festival Gstaad.
From 2013-2016 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon) with whom he conducted a wide range of music from the classical period through to the nineteenth and twentieth century, focusing in particular on symphonic repertoire, oratorio and opera in concert, working closely with the world- renowned Gulbenkian Choir. In 2016/17, McCreesh returns to the orchestra twice to conduct Elgar The Dream of Gerontius and a programme of Satie, Saint-Saëns and Beethoven featuring Gautier Capuçon.
McCreesh has established a strong reputation in the opera house and has conducted productions at the Teatro Real Madrid, Royal Danish Opera, Opera Comique, Vlaamse Opera and at the Verbier Festival. In 2015/16 he conducted Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bergen Opera, and returned to Vlaamse Opera for a production of Idomeneo.
In 2011 McCreesh launched his own record label, Winged Lion, in collaboration with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Signum Classics and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, where he was Artistic Director between 2006 and 2012. To date they have made seven recordings, most recently Handel L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, released in 2015. Other highlights include Britten War Requiem (BBC Music Magazine Award 2014), Mendelssohn Elijah (Diapason d’Or Award 2013), Berlioz’s gargantuan Grande Messe des Morts (BBC Award 2012), and a reworking of his earlier Gabrieli disc, A New Venetian Coronation 1595 (Gramophone Award 2013). The Winged Lion recordings build on his large catalogue of recordings with Deutsche Grammophon, which includes the Gramophone Award-winning Haydn Creation.
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