Cover Purcell: Tyrannic Love

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Label: Alpha

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Ensemble Les Surprises, Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas

Composer: Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

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  • Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695):
  • 1Purcell: King Arthur, Z. 628: Hornpipe (Second Act Tune)01:15
  • John Eccles (1668 - 1735):
  • 2Eccles: The Comical History of Don Quixote, Pt. II: "I Burn, My Brain Consumes to Ashes"03:21
  • John Blow (1649 - 1708):
  • 3Blow: Amphion Anglicus: "Poor Celadon, He Sighs in Vain" (Loving Above Himself)04:40
  • Henry Purcell:
  • 4Purcell: The Prophetess, or the History of Dioclesian, Z. 627: Dance of the Furies03:11
  • 5Purcell: Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, Z. 587: "There's Not a Swain on the Plain"01:25
  • 6Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: Hornpipe00:52
  • 7Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: Dance for the Fairies00:53
  • 8Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: Dance for the Green Men01:28
  • 9Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z. 630: "Ye Twice Ten-Hundred Deities"04:24
  • 10Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z. 630: Symphony01:17
  • 11Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z. 630: "Seek Not to Know"02:41
  • John Blow:
  • 12Blow: Venus and Adonis: Saraband for the Graces01:27
  • Henry Purcell:
  • 13Purcell: A Fool's Preferment, or the Three Dukes of Dunstable, Z. 571: "There's Nothing so Fatal as Women"01:04
  • 14Purcell: The Virtuous Wife, Z. 611: Overture02:38
  • John Eccles:
  • 15Eccles: The Comical History of Don Quixote, Pt. I: "Sleep, Poor Youth" (The Dirge)07:15
  • Henry Purcell:
  • 16Purcell: The Virtuous Wife, Z. 611: Slow Air02:16
  • 17Purcell: The Virtuous Wife, Z. 611: Air00:34
  • 18Purcell: The Yorkshire Feast Song, Z. 333: "So When the Glitt'ring Queen of Night" from "Of Old When Heroes Thought It Base"03:48
  • 19Purcell: Anacreon's Defeat, Z. 423: "This Poet Sings the Trojan Wars"03:46
  • Jeremiah Clarke (1674 -1707):
  • 20Clarke: Song on the Assumption: Ground in D Minor02:18
  • Daniel Purcell (1664 - 1717):
  • 21Purcell: Pausanias, the Betrayer of his Country, Z. 585: "My Dearest, My Fairest"02:35
  • Henry Purcell:
  • 22Purcell: Tyrannic Love, or the Royal Martyr, Z. 613: "Hark! My Damilcar"04:24
  • 23Purcell: King Arthur, Z. 628: Chaconne03:14
  • Total Runtime01:00:46

Info for Purcell: Tyrannic Love

Until the late 1680s, Henry Purcell composed almost exclusively for the royal court. But when the monarchy decided to reduce its expenditure on music in 1690, he joined the United Company, a London theatre company, and devoted himself to composing for its productions. These took varied forms, with operas such as King Arthur (1691), The Fairy Queen (1692) and The Indian Queen (1695) but also spoken plays with music, such as The Virtuous Wife (1695). It is excerpts from these works that are presented in Tyrannic Love. Compositions by Purcell’s colleagues or followers John Blow, John Eccles, Jeremiah Clarke and Daniel Purcell complete the programme. This recording marks the beginning of the collaboration between Alpha and the ensemble Les Surprises, founded in 2010, which takes its name from Les Surprises de l’Amour by Rameau, the group’s emblematic composer. Under the artistic direction of Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, who is also an organist and harpsichordist, the ensemble presents innovative interpretations and explores the rich orchestral sonorities made possible by the use of Baroque instruments.

Ensemble Les Surprises
Louis-Noel Bestion de Camboulas, organ, artistic director
Eugénie Lefebvre, soprano
Etienne Bazola, baritone

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