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The Intimate Purcell

Donald Macleod explores the music and life of Henry Purcell. Today, the relatively small but extraordinarily rich body of work he wrote for intimate, domestic settings.

Donald Macleod explores the music and life of Henry Purcell. Today, the relatively small but extraordinarily rich body of work he wrote for intimate, domestic settings.

Earlier programmes this week have primarily focused on music for the liturgy, for the theatre, or for some grand occasion or another, all showing us Purcell’s public face. His smaller-scale work – catches, songs, keyboard and chamber music – is generally less well-known, but contains some absolute gems. In a sense, it’s the music that Purcell didn’t have to write.

‘Since the Duke is return’d’, Z271
The Sixteen (Nicholas Mulroy, George Pooley, Jeremy Budd, tenors)
Harry Christophers, conductor

Overture in G, Z770
London Baroque

Suite No 7 in D minor, Z668
Kenneth Gilbert, harpsichord (Couchet-Taskin, Anvers 1671)

Sonata No 7 in E minor, Z796 (Twelve Sonnata’s of III Parts)
Purcell Quartet

‘O! Fair Cedaria, hide those eyes’, Z402
‘I resolve against cringing and whining’, Z386
‘I take no pleasure in the sun’s bright beams’, Z388
‘She loves and she confesses too’, Z413
Maarten Koningsberger, baritone
Fred Jacobs, theorbo

Sonata No 6 in G minor, Z807 (Ten Sonata’s in Four Parts)
The Locke Consort

‘Tell me, some pitying angel’, Z196 (‘The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation’)
Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Elizabeth Kenny, theorbo
Anne-Marie Lasla, bass viol
Laurence Cummings, harpsichord

Fantasia upon one note, Z745
Hespèrion XXI
Jordi Savall, director

Produced by Chris Barstow for BBC Cymru Wales.

59 minutes

Last on

Fri 20 Sep 2019 12:00

Music Played

  • Henry Purcell

    Since the Duke is return'd, Z271

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO COR16163.
    • CORO.
    • 1.
  • Henry Purcell

    Overture in G, Z770

    Orchestra: London Baroque.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : HMA-1951327.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 23.
  • Henry Purcell

    Suite No 7 in D minor, Z668

    Performer: Kenneth Gilbert.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMA 1951496.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 1.
  • Henry Purcell

    Sonata No 7 in E minor, Z796

    Ensemble: Purcell Quartet.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-0572/3.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 10.
  • Henry Purcell

    O! Fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z402

    Performer: Fred Jacobs. Singer: Maarten Koningsberger.
    • QUINTONE 9 789078 740094.
    • QUINTONE.
    • 1.
  • Henry Purcell

    I resolve against cringing and whining, Z386

    Performer: Fred Jacobs. Singer: Maarten Koningsberger.
    • QUINTONE 9 789078 740094.
    • QUINTONE.
    • 4.
  • Henry Purcell

    I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z388

    Performer: Fred Jacobs. Singer: Maarten Koningsberger.
    • QUINTONE 9 789078 740094.
    • QUINTONE.
    • 6.
  • Henry Purcell

    She loves and she confesses too, Z413

    Performer: Fred Jacobs. Singer: Maarten Koningsberger.
    • QUINTONE 9 789078 740094.
    • QUINTONE.
    • 19.
  • Henry Purcell

    Sonata No 6 in G minor, Z807

    Ensemble: Locke Consort.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS7295.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
    • 6.
  • Henry Purcell

    Tell me, some pitying angel, Z196

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Performer: Anne-Marie Lasla. Performer: Laurence Cummings. Singer: Carolyn Sampson.
    • BIS 1536.
    • BIS.
    • 18.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fantasia upon one note, Z745

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX ADE 021.
    • ALIA VOX.
    • 1.

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