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Settings of Poets and Texts

Catherine Bott is joined by author Jonathan Keates to discuss the poets and texts Purcell set, showing the great range and versatility in his use of words.

Catherine Bott is joined by the author Jonathan Keates to discuss some of the poets and texts that Purcell set. The music in the programme illustrates Purcell's versatility as a composer for poets, and includes examples of settings of non-biblical religious texts, the poetry of the odes, and some of the individual art songs.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Henry Purcell

    What hope for us remains now he is gone? Z.472

    Performers: Susan Gritton, soprano / Michael George, bass / Mark Caudle, bass viol / David Miller, theorbo / Robert King, chamber organ

    • HYPERION.
    • CDS 44161/3.
  • Henry Purcell

    The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation (Nahum Tate)

    Performers: Christine Brandes, soprano / Arcadian Academy / Nicholas McGegan, conductor

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMU 907167.
  • Henry Purcell

    With sick and famished eyes, Z.200

    Performers: Charles Daniels, tenor / Paula Chateauneuf, theorbo / Timothy Roberts, organ / Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh, conductor

    • ARCHIV.
    • 445 829-2.
  • Henry Purcell

    In guilty night ('Saul and the Witch of Endor')

    Performers: Emily Van Evera, soprano / Charles Daniels, tenor / Simon Grant, bass / Susanna Pell, bass viol / Jakob Lindberg, theorbo / John Toll, harpsichord / Andrew Parrott, organ

    • VIRGIN VERITAS.
    • VC 5 45061 2.
  • Henry Purcell

    Music from a bad Ode: From Swifter, Isis, swifter flow: Welcome, dread Sir, to town (choru

    Performers: James Bowman, countertenor / Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor / Michael George, bass / The King’s Consort / Robert King, director

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA 66587.
  • Henry Purcell

    They say you're angry, Z.422

    Performers: Charles Daniels, tenor / Mark Caudle, bass viol / David Miller, theorbo / Robert King, harpsichord

    • HYPERION.
    • CDS 44161/3.
  • Henry Purcell

    Hears not my Phyllis how the birds ('The Knotting Song'), Z.371

    Performers: Susan Gritton, soprano / Mark Caudle, bass viol / David Miller, theorbo / Robert King, harpsichord

    • HYPERION.
    • CDS 44161/3.
  • Henry Purcell

    O, Solitude

    Performer: Lucy Crowe. Performer: Joseph Middleton.

    Performers: Nancy Argenta, soprano / Nigel North, archlute

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • VC 7593242.
  • Henry Purcell

    If music be the food of love (simple version, 2 verses) [1st version, Z.379A]

    Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor / Mark Caudle, bass viol / David Miller, theorbo / Robert King, chamber organ

    • HYPERION.
    • CDS 44161/3.

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