Purcell: Victorious Love

Purcell: Victorious Love

by Carolyn Sampson
     
 

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The young English soprano Carolyn Sampson has been heard in ensemble recordings of music by Bach, Handel, and Monteverdi, among other mostly Baroque composers. In Purcell's songs, many drawn from otherwise forgotten theatrical productions, she has strong competition fromSee more details below

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The young English soprano Carolyn Sampson has been heard in ensemble recordings of music by Bach, Handel, and Monteverdi, among other mostly Baroque composers. In Purcell's songs, many drawn from otherwise forgotten theatrical productions, she has strong competition from Emma Kirkby, among other British stalwarts, but she stands up to them and more and she's on her way to becoming a major star. Her voice is not really large, but the occasional little explosions written into Purcell's scores show the power she keeps in reserve and her skill at working within chamber dimensions. She uses a plain, vibratoless tone just up to the edge, where you wonder what's coming next, and then slides into extremely agile decorations and ornaments, which would be mostly improvised in this repertory. Best of all is her dramatic sense for this music -- each track involves not just a melody but a theatrical character, and she is funny, flirtatious, passionate, humorous, and despondent in turn. The small continuo group, especially the unusually active harpsichord of Laurence Cummings, is notable for its sensitivity to Sampson's readings; this was no pickup group, or even historical-performance all-star group, but performers who obviously worked hard on creating unified interpretations. The BIS engineers can take home the triple crown for this disc. They bring the microphones up close and create an unresonant, chamber-theater sound that's right for Purcell (even if a church was the recording location), catching all the detail of the instrumental playing but none of the wheezing and instrument-scratching that bedevils so many recordings of this type. Anglophones will be able to understand every word Sampson sings, and perhaps the only complaint here is that the readers of the German and French booklet notes might also wish they had text translations as they're the only ones who might need the texts in the first place. An absolute delectation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2008
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599915364
catalogNumber:
1536
Rank:
104998

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Tracks

  1. Sweeter than roses (from "Pausanius"), song, Z. 585/1  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Richard Norton  - Jane Rogers  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff  - Sarah Sexton  - Andrea Morris
  2. The fatal hour comes on apace, song, Z. 421  - Henry Purcell  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff
  3. When first Amintas sued for a kiss, song, Z. 430  - Henry Purcell  - Thomas D'Urfey  - Laurence Cummings  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff
  4. O let me weep ("The Plaint" from "The Fairy Queen"), aria, Z. 629/40  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff  - Sarah Sexton
  5. They tell us that you mighty powers above (from "The Indian Queen"), soprano aria, Z. 630/19  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - John Dryden  - Robert Howard  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Jane Rogers  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff  - Sarah Sexton  - Andrea Morris
  6. Man is for the woman made (from "The Mock Marriage"), song, Z. 605/3  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff  - Peter Anthony Motteux
  7. From silent shades and the Elysian groves (Bess of Bedlam), song, Z. 370  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff
  8. Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - John Dryden  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Nathaniel Lee  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff
  9. Now the night is chas'd away (from "The Fairy Queen"), soprano aria with chorus, Z. 629/28  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Jane Rogers  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff  - Sarah Sexton  - Andrea Morris
  10. If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings)  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - Henry Heveningham  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff
  11. Thrice Happy Lovers (Epithalamium from "The Fairy Queen"), aria for soprano, Z. 629/39bc  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff
  12. Of old when heroes thought it base (Yorkshire Feast Song), ode for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 333: No. 4. The bashful Thames  - Henry Purcell  - Thomas D'Urfey  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff  - Sarah Sexton  - Andrea Morris
  13. I attempt from Love's Sickness to Fly (from "The Indian Queen"), Z630/17a  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - John Dryden  - Robert Howard  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff
  14. O! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, song, Z. 402  - Henry Purcell  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff
  15. Fairest Isle (from "King Arthur"), aria for soprano, Z. 628/38  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - John Dryden  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Jane Rogers  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff  - Sarah Sexton  - Andrea Morris
  16. O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406  - Henry Purcell  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Katherine Philips  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff
  17. If love's a sweet passion (from "The Fairy Queen"), aria for soprano with chorus, Z. 629/17b, c  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Jane Rogers  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff  - Sarah Sexton  - Andrea Morris
  18. Tell me, some pitying angel, (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), sacred song, for soprano & continuo, Z. 196  - Henry Purcell  - Laurence Cummings  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Anne-Marie Lasla  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff  - Nahum Tate
  19. Now that the sun hath veiled his light, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 193  - Henry Purcell  - William Fuller  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Carolyn Sampson  - Robert Suff

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