English Concert: Purcell Songs
Duets and songs by Henry Purcell performed by Rosemary Joshua and Sarah Connolly, plus instrumental music by John Blow and Matthew Locke. Harry Bicket directs the English Concert.
'One charming night/Gives more delight/Than a hundred lucky days': Spenser's words set by Henry Purcell are an apt description of this concert of duets and solo songs by England's greatest composer, interspersed with instrumental music by his contemporaries, John Blow and Matthew Locke.
Soprano Rosemary Joshua and mezzo Sarah Connolly, both celebrated for their performances of baroque music, are joined by Harry Bicket, who directs renowned period instrument group The English Concert.
Presented by Martin Handley from Wigmore Hall.
Locke: Suite from The Tempest (Part 1)
Purcell: If Music be the Food of Love; Draw near, you
Lovers that complain; Oh, the sweet Delights of Love
Locke: Suite from The Tempest (Part 2)
Purcell: Music for a while; Oh! Fair Cedaria;
My dearest, my fairest
Blow: Chaconne in G
Purcell: O Solitude; Sweeter than Roses
C Gibbons: Fantasy-Suite in D minor
Purcell: One charming Night; The Plaint;
Love, thou art best
Rosemary Joshua (soprano)
Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
The English Concert
Harry Bicket (director)
Interval Music (from CD):
Purcell (arr Britten): Chacony
English Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor)
Tippett: A Lament (Divertimento on Sellinger's Round)
Basel Chamber Orchestra
Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Purcell (arr Peter Maxwell Davies): Fantasia on a Ground
The Fires of London
Peter Maxwell Davies (conductor).