Abdelazer: Suites by Henry Purcell

Abdelazer: Suites by Henry Purcell

by Orchester Le Phénix

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Overview

This collection of Baroque instrumental suites by Henry Purcell is centered around his incidental music for the tragedy Abdelazer, though music for other Restoration plays, such as The Double Dealer, The Gordion Knot Unty'd, Distress'd Innocence, and Bonduca, make up the greater portion of the album. Without doubt the best-known piece here is the stirring Rondeau (track 12), which the 20th century composer Benjamin Britten used for his Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Yet Purcell's theatrical music was highly varied and innovative, and judging it on the basis of one popular tune is unfair to the composer's genius. Strangely enough, the album is presented twice on two discs, the first including synopses of the plays in German read by Linard Bardill, the second in English read by John Holloway. These spoken sections will be fine for anyone interested in the stories of the plays, but they will be disconcerting to listeners who want the music without interruptions. The performances by Orchester Le Phénix are historically informed and the music is played on original instruments or modern copies, so collectors of period style performances will be satisfied by the authentic string and continuo timbres and the bright sound of the recording.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2012
Label: Coviello Classics
UPC: 4039956212027
catalogNumber: 21202
Rank: 85259

Tracks

  1. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Minuett
  2. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Second Music. Aire
  3. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Hornpipe
  4. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Overture
  5. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Aire
  6. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Aire
  7. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Hornpipe
  8. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Minuett
  9. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Sceond Music. Aire
  10. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: First Music. Rondeau
  11. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Act 4. Tune. Hornpipe
  12. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Act 3. Tune. Aire
  13. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Act 2. Tune
  14. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Act 1. Tune. Aire
  15. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Overture
  16. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Act 4. Tune. Jigg
  17. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Second Music. Aire
  18. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Minuett
  19. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: First Music. Chaconne
  20. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Act 3. Tune. Aire
  21. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Act 2. Tune. Rondeau minuett
  22. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Act 1. Tune. Aire
  23. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Overture
  24. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Jigg
  25. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Act 1. Tune. Hornpipe
  26. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Act 4. Tune. Aire
  27. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Act 2. Tune. Aire
  28. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Minuett
  29. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Second Music. Aire
  30. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: First Music. Aire
  31. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Act 3. Tune. Rondeau
  32. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Overture. Part 2
  33. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Overture. Part 1
  34. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Aire
  35. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Aire
  36. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Minuett
  37. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Minuett. Slow aire
  38. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Hornpipe
  39. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Aire
  40. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Minuett
  41. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Hornpipe
  42. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Overture
  43. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Minuett
  44. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Second Music. Aire
  45. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Hornpipe
  46. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Overture
  47. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Aire
  48. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Aire
  49. Bonduca, or, The British Heroine, incidental music, Z. 574: Hornpipe
  50. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Minuett
  51. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Sceond Music. Aire
  52. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: First Music. Rondeau
  53. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Act 4. Tune. Hornpipe
  54. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Act 3. Tune. Aire
  55. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Act 2. Tune
  56. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Act 1. Tune. Aire
  57. Distressed Innocence, or, the Princess of Persia, incidental music, Z. 577: Overture
  58. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Act 4. Tune. Jigg
  59. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Second Music. Aire
  60. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Minuett
  61. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: First Music. Chaconne
  62. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Act 3. Tune. Aire
  63. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Act 2. Tune. Rondeau minuett
  64. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Act 1. Tune. Aire
  65. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Overture
  66. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Jigg
  67. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Act 1. Tune. Hornpipe
  68. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Act 4. Tune. Aire
  69. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Act 2. Tune. Aire
  70. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Minuett
  71. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Second Music. Aire
  72. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: First Music. Aire
  73. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Act 3. Tune. Rondeau
  74. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Overture. Part 2
  75. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Overture. Part 1
  76. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Aire
  77. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Aire
  78. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Minuett
  79. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Minuett. Slow aire
  80. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Hornpipe
  81. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Aire
  82. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Minuett
  83. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Hornpipe
  84. The Double Dealer, incidental music, Z. 592: Overture

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