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Jill Feldman, Nigel North, Sarah Cunningham & Davitt Moroney - Purcell: Ayres & Songs from Orpheus Britannicus (2017)

Jill Feldman, Nigel North, Sarah Cunningham & Davitt Moroney - Purcell: Ayres & Songs from Orpheus Britannicus
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 139:46 min | 575 MB
Label: Arcana | Tracks: 38 | Rls.date: 2017

It is an important moment in the life of a singer when she is able to confront the standard repertory. After years spent studying theatre and music in Shakespeare's England under the guidance of musicologist Philip Brett, Jill Feldman recorded two programmes of Henry Purcell's music in 1992, reissued here as a double CD. Many of the Ayres and Songs from Orpheus Britannicus are connected to the English theatrical tradition. In the earliest piece on this CD, From Silent Shades , and the latest, From Rosy Bow'rs , we hear one theatrical tradition placing the voice of truth in the mouth of a madman.
Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra & Gyorgy Vashegyi - Mondonville: Grands Motets (2016)

Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra & Gyorgy Vashegyi - Mondonville: Grands Motets
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 95:48 min | 493 MB
Label: Glossa | Tracks: 30 | Rls.date: 2016

Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville continued and developed the French tradition of the grand motet set in place by Lully and Lalande, and four of these motets have now been recorded for Glossa by György Vashegyi with a quintet of masterly soloists, the Orfeo Orchestra and the Purcell Choir. Vashegyi, who is fast making his name in French repertoire, has chosen the music of this underrated composer to follow up his Glossa recording of Rameaus Les Fêtes de Polymnie.
William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (1995)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 51:54 | 254 MB
Genre: Classicalm, Opera | Label: Erato disques | Catalog: 4509-98477-2

Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is one of the very few 17th-century works to have entered the operatic "canon" and developed a modern performance tradition before the late 20th century's early-music revival. For listeners who had grown fond of this opera in its "traditional" form, the period-instrument recordings of recent years have provided some odd surprises: an all-female cast (excepting Aeneas); a baritone Sorceress; singing in a style closer to a Restoration playhouse than Covent Garden.
VA - Purcell, Locke, Blow & Gibbons (Wigmore Hall Live) (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

VA - Purcell, Locke, Blow & Gibbons (Wigmore Hall Live) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:52 minutes | 1.24 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Renowned period ensemble The English Concert and Harry Bicket are joined by two singers at the height of their powers, bright-voiced soprano Rosemary Joshua and the graceful mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, as they delve into the musical world in which Henry Purcell was immersed.
Emerson String Quartet - Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/44]

Emerson String Quartet - Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 73:33 minutes | 671 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Emerson String Quartet releases Chaconnes and Fantasias – Music of Britten and Purcell.
Le Poème Harmonique, Les Cris de Paris & Vincent Dumestre - Son of England (Music by Jeremiah Clarke & Purcell) (2017)

Le Poème Harmonique, Les Cris de Paris & Vincent Dumestre - Son of England (Music by Jeremiah Clarke & Purcell)
Classical, Baroque Era | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 55:33 min | 246 MB
Label: Alpha | Tracks: 21 | Rls.date: 2017

Henry Purcell died on 21 November 1695 at the age of thirty- six. The music he had written for the funeral of Queen Mary only eight months earlier was performed again for his burial service. Soon afterwards, several composers paid tribute to Purcell by writing odes in his memory.

Purcell - Dido & Aeneas (Rene Jacobs) [2003]  Music

Posted by Aregak at April 18, 2017
Purcell - Dido & Aeneas (Rene Jacobs) [2003]

Purcell - Dido & Aeneas (Rene Jacobs) [2003]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 244.30 MB
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HMX 2901683

Henry Purcell's oft-recorded opera, "Dido and Aeneas", is in fact the only one he ever composed, and renowned Baroque specialist René Jacobs turns out to be an ideal interpreter of this seminal 17th-century musical allegory. Not even an hour in length, the opera is an ideal introduction to this period of classical music, as Purcell melds a tragic love story with Shakespearean-level theatricality and surprising comedy elements. This 2006 reissue of a 1998 performance doesn't have quite the dramatic vibrancy of Emmanuelle Haïm's 2004 six-instrument ensemble, but it compensates with scope and polish…

The Purcell Quartet - J.S. Bach: Trio Sonatas (2000) (Repost)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at March 5, 2017
The Purcell Quartet - J.S. Bach: Trio Sonatas (2000) (Repost)

The Purcell Quartet - J.S. Bach: Trio Sonatas (2000)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 01:12:37 | 389 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chaconne | Catalog: Chan 0654

Rarely do we feel the presence of Bach so vividly on a recording as we do here with this set of Trio Sonata arrangements, performed by violins, viola da gamba, and harpsichord. What a perfect combination, thanks to Richard Boothby's settings and to the wonderfully synergistic interaction among these very experienced early music players–violinists Catherine Mackintosh (in her best recorded performance in a while) and Catherine Weiss, gambist Boothby, and harpsichordist Robert Woolley.
The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Purcell: The Indian Queen (2015)

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Purcell: The Indian Queen (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 72:25 | 346 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Coro | Catalog: COR16129

The Indian Queen was one of Henry Purcell's final works and may in fact have been left unfinished at his death. Defining the state of the text is complicated by the fact that the work is a so-called semi-opera, a defunct form that mixed spoken dialogue, singing, and dance; the function of the surviving music isn't always totally clear. For those reasons, the work hasn't often been recorded. Many of the individual numbers are splendid examples of Purcell's style, with his sparkling ensemble dances and exuberantly rhythmic major-key tunes that seem to shake off dour minor introductory sections.
Henry Purcell - Funeral Music For Queen Mary, Sacred Music, Dioclesian, Songs (Michael Chance, Choir Of Clare College) [2001]

Henry Purcell - Funeral Music For Queen Mary, Sacred Music, Dioclesian, Songs
(Michael Chance, Choir Of Clare College, Cambridge) [2001]

EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 522 MB
Classical | Label: C Majeur / NCRV ‎/ Columns Classics | Catalog Number: 290170 | TT: 2:07;41

Compilations are highly useful in understanding the works of the inexhaustibly tuneful British composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695). He had a few big hits, like the Funeral Music for Queen Mary (which is included here) and the opera Dido and Aeneas (which isn't). But much of his best music is scattered around in small bits, residing within genres that are rather odd from today's perspective. Purcell spent much of his short adult life as a theater composer, and his incidental music, for example, is filled with perfect miniatures…