Purcell: Victorious Love

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318599915364
  • Catalog Number: 1536
  • Sales rank: 95,601

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweeter than roses (from "Pausanius"), song, Z. 585/1 - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (3:25)
  2. 2 The fatal hour comes on apace, song, Z. 421 - Henry Purcell & Elizabeth Kenny (3:45)
  3. 3 When first Amintas sued for a kiss, song, Z. 430 - Thomas D'Urfey & Henry Purcell (2:03)
  4. 4 O let me weep ("The Plaint" from "The Fairy Queen"), aria, Z. 629/40 - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (7:28)
  5. 5 They tell us that you mighty powers above (from "The Indian Queen"), soprano aria, Z. 630/19 - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (3:19)
  6. 6 Man is for the woman made (from "The Mock Marriage"), song, Z. 605/3 - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (1:28)
  7. 7 From silent shades and the Elysian groves (Bess of Bedlam), song, Z. 370 - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (4:35)
  8. 8 Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2 - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (4:01)
  9. 9 Now the night is chas'd away (from "The Fairy Queen"), soprano aria with chorus, Z. 629/28 - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (1:39)
  10. 10 If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings) - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (3:41)
  11. 11 Thrice Happy Lovers (Epithalamium from "The Fairy Queen"), aria for soprano, Z. 629/39bc - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (3:01)
  12. 12 Of old when heroes thought it base (Yorkshire Feast Song), ode for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 333: No. 4. The bashful Thames - Thomas D'Urfey & Henry Purcell (2:48)
  13. 13 I attempt from Love's Sickness to Fly (from "The Indian Queen"), Z630/17a - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (1:43)
  14. 14 O! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, song, Z. 402 - Henry Purcell & Elizabeth Kenny (3:58)
  15. 15 Fairest Isle (from "King Arthur"), aria for soprano, Z. 628/38 - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (3:24)
  16. 16 O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406 - Henry Purcell & Elizabeth Kenny (5:23)
  17. 17 If love's a sweet passion (from "The Fairy Queen"), aria for soprano with chorus, Z. 629/17b, c - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (3:24)
  18. 18 Tell me, some pitying angel, (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), sacred song, for soprano & continuo, Z. 196 - Henry Purcell & Laurence Cummings (7:18)
  19. 19 Now that the sun hath veiled his light, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 193 - Henry Purcell & Dr. William Fuller (5:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carolyn Sampson Primary Artist
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