Henry Purcell
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1659-09-10
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Born in London in 1659, Henry Purcell was the son of a musician in the retinue of Charles II, and it was royal service that was largely to be his world as well. By the time he was 10 he ...

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Henry Purcell, Mark Bennett & Purcell Quartet
Sonata for trumpet and strings, Z850
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Sonata for trumpet and strings, Z850 Sonata for trumpet and strings, Z850 Sonata for trumpet and strings, Z850 Sonata for trumpet and strings, Z850
Henry Purcell, Adrian Partington, Worcester Cathedral Choir & Donald Hunt
They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships Z.57
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They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships Z.57 They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships Z.57 They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships Z.57 They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships Z.57
Henry Purcell & Fretwork
Fantazia VI, in 4 parts
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Fantazia VI, in 4 parts Fantazia VI, in 4 parts Fantazia VI, in 4 parts Fantazia VI, in 4 parts
Henry Purcell & London Baroque
Chacony in G minor
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Chacony in G minor Chacony in G minor Chacony in G minor Chacony in G minor
Henry Purcell, Richard Egarr & Iestyn Davies
Come ye sons of art away - birthday song for Queen Mary Z.323
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Come ye sons of art away - birthday song for Queen Mary Z.323 Come ye sons of art away - birthday song for Queen Mary Z.323 Come ye sons of art away - birthday song for Queen Mary Z.323 Come ye sons of art away - birthday song for Queen Mary Z.323
Henry Purcell, Temple Choir And Players, Greg Morris & James Vivian
Te Deum And Jubilate In D Major Z.232 For Ssaatb Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra
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Te Deum And Jubilate In D Major Z.232 For Ssaatb Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra Te Deum And Jubilate In D Major Z.232 For Ssaatb Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra Te Deum And Jubilate In D Major Z.232 For Ssaatb Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra Te Deum And Jubilate In D Major Z.232 For Ssaatb Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra
Henry Purcell, Sarah Connolly, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Steven Devine
Dido and Aeneas (Thy hand, Belinda - When I am laid - With drooping wings)
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Dido and Aeneas (Thy hand, Belinda - When I am laid - With drooping wings) Dido and Aeneas (Thy hand, Belinda - When I am laid - With drooping wings) Dido and Aeneas (Thy hand, Belinda - When I am laid - With drooping wings) Dido and Aeneas (Thy hand, Belinda - When I am laid - With drooping wings)
John Tomlinson & Henry Purcell
Wondrous machine! Ode for St Cecilia’s Day
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Wondrous machine! Ode for St Cecilia’s Day Wondrous machine! Ode for St Cecilia’s Day Wondrous machine! Ode for St Cecilia’s Day Wondrous machine! Ode for St Cecilia’s Day
Henry Purcell & Andreas Staier
Lesson In C Major [no.2 Of 12 Lessons From "Musick's Handmaid"]
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Lesson In C Major [no.2 Of 12 Lessons From "Musick's Handmaid"] Lesson In C Major [no.2 Of 12 Lessons From "Musick's Handmaid"] Lesson In C Major [no.2 Of 12 Lessons From "Musick's Handmaid"] Lesson In C Major [no.2 Of 12 Lessons From "Musick's Handmaid"]
Henry Purcell & Andreas Staier
Suite No. 5 In C Major, Z.666
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Suite No. 5 In C Major, Z.666 Suite No. 5 In C Major, Z.666 Suite No. 5 In C Major, Z.666 Suite No. 5 In C Major, Z.666
Henry Purcell, Joseph Middleton & Carolyn Sampson
Sweeter than Roses (Pausanias, The Betrayer Of His Country Z.585)
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Sweeter than Roses (Pausanias, The Betrayer Of His Country Z.585) Sweeter than Roses (Pausanias, The Betrayer Of His Country Z.585) Sweeter than Roses (Pausanias, The Betrayer Of His Country Z.585) Sweeter than Roses (Pausanias, The Betrayer Of His Country Z.585)
Henry Purcell, Véronique Gens, Les Arts Florissants & William Christie
King Arthur (Fairest isle)
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King Arthur (Fairest isle) King Arthur (Fairest isle) King Arthur (Fairest isle) King Arthur (Fairest isle)
Henry Purcell
King Arthur (How blest are shepherds)
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King Arthur (How blest are shepherds) King Arthur (How blest are shepherds) King Arthur (How blest are shepherds) King Arthur (How blest are shepherds)
Henry Purcell & Retrospect Trio
10 Sonatas in four parts: No.2 in E flat
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10 Sonatas in four parts: No.2 in E flat 10 Sonatas in four parts: No.2 in E flat 10 Sonatas in four parts: No.2 in E flat 10 Sonatas in four parts: No.2 in E flat
Purcell (Lynne Dawson - soprano, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by René Jacobs)
Dido and Aeneas - When I am laid in earth
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Dido and Aeneas - When I am laid in earth Dido and Aeneas - When I am laid in earth Dido and Aeneas - When I am laid in earth Dido and Aeneas - When I am laid in earth
Henry Purcell, Dame Janet Baker, Anthony Lewis & English Chamber Orchestra
When I am laid in Earth (Dido and Aeneas)
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When I am laid in Earth (Dido and Aeneas) When I am laid in Earth (Dido and Aeneas) When I am laid in Earth (Dido and Aeneas) When I am laid in Earth (Dido and Aeneas)
Anthony Rooley, Richard Campbell, Catherine Mackintosh, Henry Purcell, Christopher Hogwood & Emma Kirkby
Urge me no more
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Urge me no more Urge me no more Urge me no more Urge me no more
Henry Purcell, Simone Kermes, Musica Aeterna Orchestra & Teodor Currentzis
When I am laid in earth - Dido And Aeneas
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When I am laid in earth - Dido And Aeneas When I am laid in earth - Dido And Aeneas When I am laid in earth - Dido And Aeneas When I am laid in earth - Dido And Aeneas
Les Ambassadeurs, Henry Purcell & Alexis Kossenko
Sonata - 1683 no. 2 in B flat major Z.791 for 2 violins and continuo
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Sonata - 1683 no. 2 in B flat major Z.791 for 2 violins and continuo Sonata - 1683 no. 2 in B flat major Z.791 for 2 violins and continuo Sonata - 1683 no. 2 in B flat major Z.791 for 2 violins and continuo Sonata - 1683 no. 2 in B flat major Z.791 for 2 violins and continuo
Henry Purcell & Rosemary Standley
Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z. 193, "An Evening Hymn on a Ground"
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Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z. 193, "An Evening Hymn on a Ground" Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z. 193, "An Evening Hymn on a Ground" Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z. 193, "An Evening Hymn on a Ground" Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z. 193, "An Evening Hymn on a Ground"
Henry Purcell, Christian Curnyn, Catherine Martin, Emilie Renard & Jonathan Byers
Dido and Aeneas - opera in 3 acts Z.626
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Dido and Aeneas - opera in 3 acts Z.626 Dido and Aeneas - opera in 3 acts Z.626 Dido and Aeneas - opera in 3 acts Z.626 Dido and Aeneas - opera in 3 acts Z.626
Henry Purcell, Simon Posford, Michael Solomon Williams, Timothy Murphy, Raffaele Pe, Platinum Consort, Zoe Brown, Nick Ashby, Emma Walshe, Oliver Jones & Scott Inglis-Kidger
Hear my prayer, O Lord (Z.15)
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Hear my prayer, O Lord (Z.15) Hear my prayer, O Lord (Z.15) Hear my prayer, O Lord (Z.15) Hear my prayer, O Lord (Z.15)

Hear my prayer, O Lord (Z.15)

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Simon Posford
Michael Solomon Williams
Timothy Murphy
Raffaele Pe
Zoe Brown
Nick Ashby
Emma Walshe
Oliver Jones
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Platinum Consort
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Scott Inglis-Kidger
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Henry Purcell, Axel Wolf & Jan Kobow
If music be the food of love, Z.379C
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If music be the food of love, Z.379C If music be the food of love, Z.379C If music be the food of love, Z.379C If music be the food of love, Z.379C
Henry Purcell & Axel Wolf
Chaconne, from King Arthur (Act 5 Scene 2)
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Chaconne, from King Arthur (Act 5 Scene 2) Chaconne, from King Arthur (Act 5 Scene 2) Chaconne, from King Arthur (Act 5 Scene 2) Chaconne, from King Arthur (Act 5 Scene 2)
Johann Caspar Seyfert, Henry Purcell, Axel Wolf & Jan Kobow
Amor vincit omnia (Seyfert); Oh Solitude (Purcell)
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Amor vincit omnia (Seyfert); Oh Solitude (Purcell) Amor vincit omnia (Seyfert); Oh Solitude (Purcell) Amor vincit omnia (Seyfert); Oh Solitude (Purcell) Amor vincit omnia (Seyfert); Oh Solitude (Purcell)
Henry Purcell, Monica Sinclair, St. Anthony Singers & English Chamber Orchestra, Cb Anthony Lewis
Wayward sisters...But ere we this perform.
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Wayward sisters...But ere we this perform. Wayward sisters...But ere we this perform. Wayward sisters...But ere we this perform. Wayward sisters...But ere we this perform.
Purcell & London Baroque
Sonata no.6 in G minor Z.807
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Sonata no.6 in G minor Z.807 Sonata no.6 in G minor Z.807 Sonata no.6 in G minor Z.807 Sonata no.6 in G minor Z.807
Psophos Quartet & Henry Purcell
Chacony a 4 for strings (Z.730) in G minor
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Chacony a 4 for strings (Z.730) in G minor Chacony a 4 for strings (Z.730) in G minor Chacony a 4 for strings (Z.730) in G minor Chacony a 4 for strings (Z.730) in G minor
William Christie, Wieland Kuijken, Henry Purcell & Alfred Deller
Oedipus: Music for a While
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Oedipus: Music for a While Oedipus: Music for a While Oedipus: Music for a While Oedipus: Music for a While
Francis Grier, Henry Purcell, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford & Simon Preston
Evening Service in G minor Z.231
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Evening Service in G minor Z.231 Evening Service in G minor Z.231 Evening Service in G minor Z.231 Evening Service in G minor Z.231
Henry Purcell, Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations
The Fairy Queen - Act IV Symphony
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The Fairy Queen - Act IV Symphony The Fairy Queen - Act IV Symphony The Fairy Queen - Act IV Symphony The Fairy Queen - Act IV Symphony
Henry Purcell & The Sixteen
Second Music: Air
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Second Music: Air Second Music: Air Second Music: Air Second Music: Air
Henry Purcell, English Baroque Soloists & Sir John Eliot Gardiner
The Indian Queen - Overture
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The Indian Queen - Overture The Indian Queen - Overture The Indian Queen - Overture The Indian Queen - Overture
Henry Purcell & The King's Consort/Robert King
Welcome to all the Pleasures (Ode for St Cecilia's Day)
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Welcome to all the Pleasures (Ode for St Cecilia's Day) Welcome to all the Pleasures (Ode for St Cecilia's Day) Welcome to all the Pleasures (Ode for St Cecilia's Day) Welcome to all the Pleasures (Ode for St Cecilia's Day)
Henry Purcell, Musica Antiqua Köln & Reinhard Goebel
Chacony a 4 for strings (Z.730) in G minor
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Chacony a 4 for strings (Z.730) in G minor Chacony a 4 for strings (Z.730) in G minor Chacony a 4 for strings (Z.730) in G minor Chacony a 4 for strings (Z.730) in G minor
Henry Purcell & Sax Ecosse
Fantazia 6
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Fantazia 6 Fantazia 6 Fantazia 6 Fantazia 6
Anthony Rooley, Henry Purcell & Emma Kirkby
Sweeter than Roses
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Sweeter than Roses Sweeter than Roses Sweeter than Roses Sweeter than Roses
Paul Elliott, Michael George, Henry Purcell, Lynne Dawson, Gillian Fisher, Rogers Covey-Crump, Stephen Varcoe, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Timon of Athens, the man-hater - incidental music (Z.632)
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Timon of Athens, the man-hater - incidental music (Z.632) Timon of Athens, the man-hater - incidental music (Z.632) Timon of Athens, the man-hater - incidental music (Z.632) Timon of Athens, the man-hater - incidental music (Z.632)
Henry Purcell, Baroque Brass of London & David Hill
The Queen's Funeral March
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The Queen's Funeral March The Queen's Funeral March The Queen's Funeral March The Queen's Funeral March
Henry Purcell, Anthony Lewis, English Chamber Orchestra & Dido: Janet Baker
Dido & Aeneas: 'Thy hand Belinda... When I am laid in earth'
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Dido & Aeneas: 'Thy hand Belinda... When I am laid in earth' Dido & Aeneas: 'Thy hand Belinda... When I am laid in earth' Dido & Aeneas: 'Thy hand Belinda... When I am laid in earth' Dido & Aeneas: 'Thy hand Belinda... When I am laid in earth'
Henry Purcell, Monteverdi Orchestra, Equale Brass Ensemble & Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Funeral Music for Queen Mary - drum recessional
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Funeral Music for Queen Mary - drum recessional Funeral Music for Queen Mary - drum recessional Funeral Music for Queen Mary - drum recessional Funeral Music for Queen Mary - drum recessional
Tamar Halperin, Henry Purcell & Andreas Scholl
Sarabande from Suite no. 2 in G minor Z.661; Man is for a woman made
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Sarabande from Suite no. 2 in G minor Z.661; Man is for a woman made Sarabande from Suite no. 2 in G minor Z.661; Man is for a woman made Sarabande from Suite no. 2 in G minor Z.661; Man is for a woman made Sarabande from Suite no. 2 in G minor Z.661; Man is for a woman made
Tamar Halperin, Tamar Halperin, Henry Purcell, Robert Johnson & Andreas Scholl
Interlude (Halperin); 3 songs by Purcell and Johnson
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Interlude (Halperin); 3 songs by Purcell and Johnson Interlude (Halperin); 3 songs by Purcell and Johnson Interlude (Halperin); 3 songs by Purcell and Johnson Interlude (Halperin); 3 songs by Purcell and Johnson
Henry Purcell, Richard Egarr & Catherine Bott
Music for a while (Oedipus - incidental music to Act 3 Z.583: no.2)
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Music for a while (Oedipus - incidental music to Act 3 Z.583: no.2) Music for a while (Oedipus - incidental music to Act 3 Z.583: no.2) Music for a while (Oedipus - incidental music to Act 3 Z.583: no.2) Music for a while (Oedipus - incidental music to Act 3 Z.583: no.2)
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Biography

Born in London in 1659, Henry Purcell was the son of a musician in the retinue of Charles II, and it was royal service that was largely to be his world as well. By the time he was 10 he was a chorister at the Chapel Royal, and in 1673, when his voice broke, he became for a while an unpaid assistant to the keeper of the king’s instruments.

His first formal royal appointment came in 1677, when he was created composer-in-ordinary for the violins (in succession to Matthew Locke), and in 1682 he was appointed as one of the organists at the Chapel Royal. In between, he had also become organist of Westminster Abbey (in succession to his teacher and friend, John Blow).

The last years of Charles’s reign were when Purcell composed the bulk of his outstanding output of English church music, culminating in the superb anthems he supplied for the coronation of Charles’s successor, James II, in 1685. His court connections were also responsible for the numerous odes he composed for royal occasions such as birthdays and homecomings, an unpromising genre that he managed to raise to unwonted heights.

The 1680s also saw him beginning to write for the theatre, contributing songs and instrumental pieces to plays by such distinguished Restoration dramatists as Dryden, Congreve and D’Urfey. But it was in 1690 that his theatrical career really took off with the success of Dioclesian, his first venture into the peculiarly English genre of the time, known today as ‘semi-opera’, in which music is mixed with speech. This was followed over the next few years by three works – King Arthur (with words by Dryden); The Fairy Queen (loosely based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream); and The Indian Queen (words again by Dryden) – all written in a similar style.

It is not clear for what purpose Purcell wrote his only through-composed opera, Dido and Aeneas; its first known performance was by pupils at a girls’ boarding school in Chelsea in 1689, but it may have been first produced as a court entertainment some years earlier.

Purcell occupies a central position in British music. More than 300 years after his death he is still arguably the country’s greatest composer, and his music continues to provide successors with both inspiration and a point of cultural identification. Apparent in his church music, stage works and solo songs alike are an exquisite talent for English word-setting, a gift for attractive melody and a capacity for searing expressiveness that have attracted commendation from his own time to ours; he was acclaimed in his own day as ‘the English Orpheus’ and Holst, Vaughan Williams, Britten and Tippett were among his greatest 20th-century admirers. His untimely death at the age of 36 left Britain without a native composer of genius until the arrival of Elgar two centuries later.

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