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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.
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.

The King's Consort - Purcell: Twelve Sonatas Of Three Parts (2015)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at April 29, 2017
The King's Consort - Purcell: Twelve Sonatas Of Three Parts (2015)

The King's Consort - Purcell: Twelve Sonatas Of Three Parts (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 76:59 | 426 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Vivat Music Foundation | Catalog: VIVAT 110

Henry Purcell's Twelve Sonatas of Three Parts were issued in 1683, when the composer was 24 and the first wave of Italian trio sonata-like pieces was hitting France and England with earthshaking impact. Purcell followed Italian models with a pair of interlocking violin parts over a continuo, but the results are unmistakably English and hark back to the melancholy consort tradition, with oddly shaped lines and pungent dissonances scattered through the short, four-movement pieces (six or seven minutes in total).
Emerson String Quartet - Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell (2017)

Emerson String Quartet - Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell
Classical, Chamber Music | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 73:33 min | 304 MB
Label: Decca | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

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.
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…

Bowman, Chance - Countertenor Duets & Solos: Purcell, Blow (2014)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at Dec. 19, 2016
Bowman, Chance - Countertenor Duets & Solos: Purcell, Blow (2014)

Bowman, Chance - Countertenor Duets & Solos: Purcell, Blow (2014)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 292 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Helios | Catalog Number: 55447

This recording of duets by the great composers of the Restoration is one of the gems of Hyperion’s catalogue. It features the celebrated countertenors James Bowman and Michael Chance at the peak of their powers, and the combination of their two voices with the sympathetic accompaniment of The King’s Consort creates something uniquely glorious.