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The Other Purcell Boy

Lucie Skeaping explores the life and music of Daniel Purcell, who until recently was thought to have been Henry's younger brother but is now believed to have been his cousin.

For centuries it's been widely accepted that the composer Daniel Purcell was the younger brother of the more celebrated Henry. Now, though, it's thought that they may actually have been cousins rather than brothers. Apart from a much loved Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, Daniel Purcell's music has remained largely in the shadow of his older relative, but thanks to a handful of recent recordings, it's now being considered much more on its own merits.
Lucie Skeaping looks at the life and music of Daniel Purcell, with performances from the Parnassian Ensemble, Chichester Cathedral Chor, and violinist Hazel Brooks and harpsichordist David Pollock, who have recently released some of Purcell's previously unrecorded chamber music.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Daniel Purcell

    Toccata

    Performer: David Pollock (harpsichord)

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN 0795.
  • Daniel Purcell

    Sonata in A major [1698]

    Performers: Hazel Brooks (violin), David Pollock (harpsichord)

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN 0795.
  • Daniel Purcell

    Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis

    Performers: Chichester Cathedral Choir, James Thomas (organ), Alan Thurlow (director)

    • PRIORY.
    • PRCD 511.
  • Daniel Purcell

    O let my Mouth be filled with Thy Praise

    Performers: Julia Gooding (soprano), Timothy Roberts (organ)

    • SFZ MUSIC.
    • SFZM 0207.
  • Daniel Purcell

    Suite: Virtue in Danger

    Performers: Sprezzatura with Evelyn Tubb (soprano)

    • ETCETERA.
    • KTC 1232.
  • Daniel Purcell

    O Ravishing Delight [from 'The Judgment of Paris']

    Performers: Ryland Angel (countertenor), Reiko Ichise (bass viol), Taro Takeuchi (lute), Becky Davey & Laura Hird (recorders), Laurence Cummings (harpsichord)

    • DEUX-ELLES.
    • DXL 911.
  • Daniel Purcell

    Chaconne in A minor

    Performers: Hazel Brooks (violin), David Pollock (harpsichord)

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN 0795.
  • Daniel Purcell

    Trio Sonata No.2 in G minor [1710]

    Performers: Parnassian Ensemble

    • AVIE.
    • AV 2094.
  • Daniel Purcell

    Solo in B minor [1710]

    Performers: Hazel Brooks (violin), David Pollock (harpsichord)

    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN 0795.
  • Daniel Purcell

    Toccata

  • Daniel Purcell

    Sonata in A major (1698)

  • Daniel Purcell

    Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis

  • Daniel Purcell

    O let my Mouth be filled with Thy Praise

  • Daniel Purcell

    Suite: Virtue in Danger

  • Daniel Purcell

    O Ravishing Delight (from 'The Judgment of Paris')

  • Daniel Purcell

    Chaconne in A minor

  • Daniel Purcell

    Trio Sonata No.2 in G minor (1710)

  • Daniel Purcell

    Solo in B minor (1710)

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