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The early years of Henry Purcell

Sunday 20 July 2008 13:00-14:00 (Radio 3)

Lucie Skeaping traces the schoolboy years of one of England's greatest composers, Henry Purcell, looking at how he came under the influence of several different composers and church musicians, who were to shape his musical future. Purcell's birth coincided with a hugely turbulent time in English political history and while there are no baptismal records, it is likely that he was born in a house just a few hundred yards from Westminster Abbey, the place were he would eventually make much of his career and reputation.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

Purcell: The Fairy Queen - First Act Tune; Jig
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, director
Collins Classics 70132
CD 1 Track 8

Purcell: The Fairy Queen - First Musick Prelude to Act 1
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, director
Collins Classics 70132
CD 1 Track 1

Humfrey: Lord I Have Sinned; O The Sad Day (2 of the 4 devotional songs)
Raymond Johnston (organ) / Christopher Dolby (Tenor)
Priory PRCD 372
Tracks 4, 5

Purcell: Funeral Sentences: In the midst of life; Thou knowest, Lord
Taverner Consort/ Taverner Choir/ Taverner Players
Andrew Parrott, director
EMI CDC 7496352
Tracks 8-9

Blow: Salvator mundi salva nos
Redbyrd/ The Parley of Instruments
Hyperion CDA66658
Track 2

Purcell: Voluntary on the old Hundredth Psalm Tune
Thurston Dart, organ
EMI JMSCD1
Track 11

Christopher Gibbons: 1 of the 3 voluntaries for organ
(verse for ye single organ in D)
Terence Charlston, organ
Deux-Elles DXL1124
Track 41

Purcell: What hope for us remains now he has gone (on death of Locke)
The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge
David Rowland, director
Meridian CDE84363
Track 13

Locke: Act 4: Psyche
New London Consort/ Philip Pickett, director
Catherine Bott / Christopher Robson/ Andrew King/ Paul Agnew/ Michael George/ Simon Grant
L'oiseau-Lyre 444 3362
Tracks 21-23
Segue
Purcell: The Fairy Queen - SLEEP Scene from Act II
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, director
Michael George (Bass)
Collins Classics 70132
CD 1 Track 16

Purcell: My beloved spake
The Choir of the King's Consort & Orchestra
Robert King, Director
James Bowman (counter tenor)
John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Charles Pott/ Michael George (basses)
United Recordings 88002
Track 9




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