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Arise, My Muse
     

Arise, My Muse

by Iestyn Davies
 
British countertenor Iestyn Davies has generally been heard in ensemble situations but has begun to make a distinctive mark with well thought-out solo recitals. This one provides an especially nice niche for him. He doesn't have the slightly mysterious soprano-like sound of a Philippe Jaroussky, but he engages strongly with the text

Overview

British countertenor Iestyn Davies has generally been heard in ensemble situations but has begun to make a distinctive mark with well thought-out solo recitals. This one provides an especially nice niche for him. He doesn't have the slightly mysterious soprano-like sound of a Philippe Jaroussky, but he engages strongly with the text, and he picks a program in such a way as to set a historical scene convincingly. Here he mixes familiar Purcell songs, each delivered with freshness and understanding, with lesser-known pieces like William Croft's "Ye tuneful Numbers: A song with symphonies." These "symphonies" include both a free-standing introduction and good-sized instrumental preludes to the individual songs, and the entire program shows a variety of composers in Restoration late 17th century England experimenting with the new sounds-extended arias or "airs," edifices erected atop ground basses, concerted instrumental groupings-coming from Italy, and merging them with the older and more melancholy English traditions. Davies' work here with keyboardist Richard Egarr and an instrumental group designated only as "friends" has a relaxed quality that comes only from deep contemplation of the music, and the reaction of the Wigmore Hall crowd, captured nicely by the spoken remarks of Davies at the end, shows that the listeners were deeply involved in the program. Listeners will be as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2014
Label:
Wigmore Hall Live
UPC:
5065000924669
catalogNumber:
65

Tracks

  1. Arise, my muse (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 320: Arise, my muse

    1. Arise, my muse  (02:06)
  2. Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323: Strike the viol

    1. Strike the viol  (04:21)
  3. Welcome to all the pleasures (An Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 339: Here the Deities approve

    1. Here the Deities approve  (04:12)
  4. Of old when heroes thought it base (Yorkshire Feast Song), ode for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 333: The pale & the purple rose

    1. The pale & the purple rose  (03:23)
  5. Sonata No. 21 ("con tre violini"), for 4 or 5 parts  (04:05)
  6. Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 328: 'Tis Nature's Voice

    1. 'Tis Nature's Voice  (03:48)
  7. Celebrate this festival (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), ode for 5 soloists, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2 trumpets & continuo, Z. 321: Crown the altar

    1. Crown the altar  (02:44)
  8. If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings)  (01:52)
  9. Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731  (05:13)
  10. Come, Come Along for a Dance and A Song, ode: The Glory of the Arcadian Groves

    1. The Glory of the Arcadian Groves  (02:10)
  11. Amphion Anglicus for voice & continuo: Poor Celadon, he sighs in vain

    1. Poor Celadon, he sighs in vain  (04:08)
  12. Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. Overture

    1. Suite. Overture  (02:27)
  13. Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. Cupid's Entry

    1. Suite. Cupid's Entry  (00:50)
  14. Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. Entry: A Dance by a Huntsman

    1. Suite. Entry: A Dance by a Huntsman  (01:08)
  15. Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. A Dance of Cupids

    1. Suite. A Dance of Cupids  (01:35)
  16. Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. Act Tune (Act 1)

    1. Suite. Act Tune (Act 1)  (01:40)
  17. Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. Act Tune (Act 2)

    1. Suite. Act Tune (Act 2)  (01:48)
  18. Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. A Ground

    1. Suite. A Ground  (02:30)
  19. O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406  (05:57)
  20. King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628: Fairest isle

    1. Fairest isle  (05:07)

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