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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

INTERVAL

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).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Matthew Locke

    Suite from the Tempest (Part 1)

  • Henry Purcell

    If Music be the Food of Love

  • Henry Purcell

    3 songs

  • Matthew Locke

    Suite from the Tempest (Part 2)

  • Henry Purcell

    3 songs

  • Interval

    • Henry Purcell

      Chacony (arranged Britten)

      Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
      • Decca.
    • Michael Tippett

      Divertimento on Sellinger's Round - A Lament

      Orchestra: Basel Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
      • Klassizistische Moderne.
      • Arte Nova.
      • 74321926502.
      • 6.
    • Henry Purcell

      Fantasia on a Ground (arranged Maxwell Davies)

      Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies. Ensemble: The Fires of London.
      • Unicorn-Kanchana.
  • Part 2

    • John Blow

      Chaconne in G

  • Christopher Gibbons

    Fantasy-Suite in d minor (Fantasy-Allman -Galliard)

  • Henry Purcell

    3 songs

  • Post Concert Music

    • Germaine Tailleferre

      Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée 1) Les Chapeaux

      Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Ruby Hughes.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée 2) Désinvolture

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Ruby Hughes.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée 3) L'Oiseau des Îles

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Ruby Hughes.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée 4) Cours

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Ruby Hughes.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée 5) L'Émeraude

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Ruby Hughes.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée 6) Sainte Nitouche

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Ruby Hughes.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée 7) Partage

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Ruby Hughes.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée 8) L'Insecte

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Ruby Hughes.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée 9) Hirondelles

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Ruby Hughes.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée 10) Le Serpent

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Ruby Hughes.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée 11) Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Ruby Hughes.
  • Grieg

    Violin Sonata No.3

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