Purcell: Music for a while (Remastered) Deller Consort

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Deller Consort

Composer: Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

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  • Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695):
  • 1The Plaint, Z. 629/4007:34
  • 2If music be the food of love, Z. 37902:27
  • 3The Indian Queen: I attempt from love's sickness02:03
  • 4Fairest Isle, Z. 628/3802:49
  • 5Sweeter Than Roses, Z. 585/103:23
  • 6Not All My Torments Can Your Pity Move, Z. 40002:01
  • 7The Fairy Queen, Z. 629/39: Thrice Happy Lovers02:57
  • 8An Evening Hymn, Z. 19305:08
  • 9From Rosy Bow'rs, Z. 57807:16
  • 10O Lead Me to Some Peaceful Gloom, Z. 57402:58
  • 11Retired from Any Mortal's Sight, Z. 58102:56
  • 12Music for a While, Z. 58304:05
  • 13Since from My Dear Astrea's Sight, Z. 62704:00
  • Total Runtime49:37

Info for Purcell: Music for a while (Remastered)

Alfred Deller tirelessly promoted his core repertoire of Elizabethan lute songs and Purcell throughout his carrer. This recital anthology was recorded at Provence only three months before Deller’s death at Bologna on 16 July 1979. Some of the most familiar songs here, such as ‘Fairest Isle’, were originally conceived as operatic music for soprano voice, but one cannot imagine that Purcell would have minded Deller taking the music out of context, adapting if desirable, and making it his own.

"This is one of the gems of the Harmonia Mundi back-catalogue. Even at the age of 67 and recorded within three months of his death Deller preserves his special purity almost completely unimpaired. Only at the end of some demanding phrases is there the slightest hint of crumbling. What remains is his exemplary purity of stratospheric tone. He makes play with a delightful affected tremble in If Music be the Food of Love and his bird-like attack in miniature on quite high notes is memorable in Not all my torments. A sepulchral cortege is evoked through O lead me to some peaceful gloom with its evocative shrill trumpets. Equally stygian is the instrumental tissue for O Solitude while Deller's voice courses high above. The instrumental ensemble comprises various permutations of clavecin, baroque violin, organ and bass viol. The notes include a useful chronology of Deller's life and there are essays by David Vickers, Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Paul Elliott and Bernard Coutaz. A rich context indeed." (Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International)

Alfred Deller, countertenor
Roderick Skeaping, violin
William Christie, harpsichord
Wieland Kuijken, bass viola da gamba

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