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Before the 'Glorious' Revolution

Donald Macleod explores Purcell's earliest dramatic contributions, from songs for plays in the 1680s, to his only 'all-sung' work for the stage - Dido and Aeneas.

Donald Macleod explores Purcell's earliest contributions to the theatre, from a smattering of songs for plays in the 1680s, to his only 'all-sung' work for the stage which has eclipsed all his other theatre music - Dido and Aeneas. Privately performed before the composer had established himself in the professional theatre, it is now the only piece with a secure place in the modern repertoire.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 20 Feb 2012 18:30

Music Played

  • Henry Purcell

    King Arthur: Chaconne

    Performer: The English concert, Trevor Pinnock (director)

    • Archiv 4354902.
  • Henry Purcell

    Henry Purcell - Songs from Theodosius or The Force of Love

    Performer: The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

  • Henry Purcell

    Henry Purcell - Songs from A Fool's Preferment

    Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

  • Henry Purcell

    Dido and Aeneas (Act 3)

    Performer: Dido - Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Aeneas - Gerald Finley (baritone), Belinda - Lucy Crowe (soprano), Sorceress - Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Steven Devine (conductor)

    • Chandos CHAN0757.
    • 24 to 31.

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