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Thomas Arne

Lucie Skeaping looks at the life and music of one of England's most misunderstood composers - Thomas Arne. The composer of Rule Britannia, he also wrote 100 stage works.

Lucie Skeaping looks at the life and music of one of England's most misunderstood composers - Dr. Thomas Arne. Considered as one of the most creative tunesmiths of his day, Arne's fame never really reached its true potential during his lifetime. His operas were largely overshadowed by those of Handel, and his other works barely even considered. His Catholic faith held him back from Royal patronage, and his belligerent nature caused squabble after squabble with fellow musicians and collaborators.
Arne's fame rests today on Rule Britannia, from his masque "Alfred", but with 100 or so stage works to his name, as well as chamber music, orchestral pieces and some exquisite songs, there's more to Arne than the Last Night of the Proms!

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  • Thomas Arne

    Rule Britannia

    Performers: Philharmonia Chorale, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan (conductor)

    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 75605 51314-2.
  • Thomas Arne

    A youth adorn'd with ev'ry art [Alfred]

    Performers: Jennifer Smith (Edith), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan (conductor)

    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 75605 51314-2.
  • Thomas Arne

    Why beats my heart with such devotion? [Alfred]

    Performers: David Daniels (Prince Edward), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan

    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 75605 51314-2.
  • Thomas Arne

    Overture No.7 in D

    Performers: Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage (director)

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN 0722.
  • Thomas Arne

    Sonata for harpsichord No.2 in E minor

    Performer: Ewald Demeyere (harpsichord)

    • ACCENT.
    • ACC 21145.
  • Thomas Arne

    Overture: Thomas & Sally

    Performers: Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage (director)

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN 0722.
  • Thomas Arne

    Fly, soft ideas, fly [from 'Artaxerxes']

    Performers: Catherine Bott (soprano), The Parley of Instruments, Roy Goodman (director)

    • HYPERION.
    • CDD 22073.
  • Thomas Arne

    Symphony No.2 in F

    Performers: Cantilena, Adrian Shepherd (conductor)

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN 8403.
  • Thomas Arne

    Melt earth to sea [from 'The Fairy Prince']

    Performers: Rachel Nicholls (soprano), Pawel Siwczak (harpsichord)

    • BBC RECORDING.

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