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As music was placed increasingly high up the list of royal entertainment, Donald Macleod surveys requirements placed on composers to the royal family.

Secular music also flourished in the English Restoration court as music was placed increasingly high up the list of royal entertainment. Donald Macleod surveys the requirements placed on the composers to the royal family, including a talented Catalan violinist who enraged his contemporaries for his poor use of English.

Purcell: When I am laid in earth (Dido and Aeneas)
Veronique Gens (soprano)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (director)
ERATO 4509-98477-2 Tr 25

John Blow: Venus and Adonis (Act 3)
Rosemary Joshua (soprano)
Gerald Finley (baritone)
Clare College Chapel Choir
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Rene Jacobs (director)
HARMONIA MUNDI HMX 2901684 Trs 24-27

Poems set by Henry Lawes, William Lawes, Francesco Corbetta and John Wilson from Henry Lawes' Select Ayres and Dialogues
Paul Hillier (singer)
Nigel North (lute/theorbo/guitar)
HARMONIA MUNDI HMU 907257 Trs 16-26

Louis Grabu: Suite in G (Incidental music from Act 3 of Rochester's play Valentinian)
The Parley of Instruments Renaissance Violin Band
Peter Holman (conductor)
HYPERION CDA66667 Trs 41-46.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Henry Purcell

    'When I am laid in earth' [Dido's Lament] from Dido & Aeneas

    Performer: Véronique Gens (soprano) Performer: Les Arts Florissants directed by William Christie

    • ERATO 4509-98477-2.
  • John Blow

    Act III from Venus & Adonis

    Performer: Rosemary Joshua (soprano) Performer: Gerald Finley (baritone) Performer: Clare College Chapel Choir Performer: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment directed by René Jacobs

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMX 2901684.
  • Poems set by Henry Lawes, William Lawes, Francesco Corbetta and John Wilson

    Henry Lawes' Select Ayres & Dialogues (1669)

    Performer: Paul Hillier (singer) Performer: Nigel North (lute, theorbo, guitar)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMU 907257.
  • Louis Grabu:

    Suite in G major [also known as Incidental Music from Act III of Rochester's play 'Valenti

    Performer: The Parley of Instruments Renaissance Violin Band directed by Peter Holman

    • HYPERION CDA66667.

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