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Shakespeare and Music in the Time of Henry Purcell

Saturday 21 July 2007 13:00-14:00 (Radio 3)

Actor Simon Russell Beale explores the world of the Restoration theatre, sharing his insights into the plots and characters in musical settings of Shakespeare's plays by Purcell and his contemporaries. Music includes examples from Richard II, Timon of Athens, The Tempest and The Fairy Queen.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

Richard II

Retir'd from mortal's sight
Catherine Bott, soprano
Mark Levy, bass viol
Richard Egarr, harpsichord
L'Oiseau-Lyre 443 699-2
Track 3



Timon of Athens 

Overture and Curtain Tune
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner
Erato 4509965562 CD 1
Tracks 1&12



The Tempest

David Thomas / Roderick Earle, basses
Carol Hall, mezzo
Rosemary Hardy / Jennifer Smith, sopranos
Stephen Varcoe, baritone
John Elwes, tenor
Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra
John Eliot Gardiner, director
Erato 4509 965552

Air: "Dear pretty youth" (Dorinda)

From Masque of Devils:
Duet & Chorus: "Where dies the black fiend" - (1st & 2nd devil)
Air: "Arise, ye subterranean winds" - (1st devil)

3 songs sung by Ariel:
Song and chorus: "Comme unto theses yellow sands"
Song and chorus: "Full fathom five"
Air: "Kind fortune smiles"

Recit & air: "Aeolus, you must appear" - (Neptune)
Recit & air: "Your awfurl voice I hear" - (Aeolus)
Duet & Chorus: "No stars again shall hurt you" (Amphitrite & Neptune)



The Fairy Queen
Gillian Fisher / Lorna Anderson, sopranos
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Richard Stuart, bass
The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra
Harry Christophers, director
Collins Classics 70132

Night
Mystery
Secrecy
Sleep
CD 1 tracks 13 - 16 incl.

See, see I obey
They shall be as happy as they're fair
CD 2 tracks 26 & 29




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