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Purcell - The Fairy Queen, 1692
Henry Purcell

Gabrieli Consort

Purcell - The Fairy Queen, 1692

Price: € 22.95 16.07
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212061527
Catnr: SIGCD 615
Release date: 27 March 2020
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212061527
Catalogue number
SIGCD 615
Release date
27 March 2020
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Artist(s)
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About the album

Purcell’s The Fairy Queen is based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a play not frequently performed in the late 17th century, nor very well regarded (“the most insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life” - Samuel Pepys’ diary, 1662). Despite this, the play would go on to work well within an opera, as the characters of Pyramus and Thisbe could conjure up singing and dancing accomplices. Purcell’s masterful composition, Gabrieli’s first-class performance, and McCreesh’s superb interpretation demonstrate why their recordings are seen as some of the best in classical music today.

Artist(s)

Paul McCreesh (conductor)

Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and he is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians, broadening access to classical music. He works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible. McCreesh has conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations...
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Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and he is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians, broadening access to classical music. He works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible.
McCreesh has conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations with Saint Paul and Basel Chamber Orchestras. In 2018-19 he conducts Elgar and Brahms for Kammerakademie Potsdam, Mendelssohn and Britten for Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and Handel for Symphonique de Montréal, alongside appearances with Filharmonia Poznanska and MDR Radio Symphony.
From 2013-2016 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon) with whom he conducted a wide range of music from the classical period through the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing in particular on symphonic repertoire, oratorio and opera in concert, working closely with the world-renowned Gulbenkian Choir.
McCreesh has established a strong reputation in the opera house and has conducted productions at the Teatro Real Madrid, Royal Danish Opera, Opera Comique, Vlaamse Opera and at the Verbier Festival. Most recently he conducted Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bergen Opera, and returned to Vlaamse Opera for a production of Idomeneo.
In 2011 McCreesh launched his own record label, Winged Lion, in collaboration with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Signum Classics and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, where he was Artistic Director from 2006-2012. To date they have made ten recordings, most recently A Rose Magnificat, music dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Renaissance to the present day, released in May 2018 and lauded by critics: “Captivating … imaginative … ambitious” (Financial Times), “the superlative Gabrieli Consort give a formidably encompassing performance” (BBC Music Magazine), “pristine: carefully balanced and always cleanly tuned” (Gramophone). Other highlights include Haydn The Seasons, Britten War Requiem (BBC Music Magazine Award 2014), Mendelssohn Elijah (Diapason d’Or Award 2013), Berlioz’s gargantuan Grande Messe des Morts (BBC Award 2012), and a reworking of his earlier Gabrieli disc, A New Venetian Coronation 1595 (Gramophone Award 2013).

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Composer(s)

Henry Purcell

Westminster Abbey is not just the place where British monarchs were crowned, it's also the place where many English great men were burried. Among those was also Henry Purcell. This final resting place had a double meaning for him: firstly, with his status as a composer he deserved a spot in the abbey, but secondly this was also the location where he worked during the reign of Charles II and William & Mary.  Most people will recognise the last aria of Purcell's beloved opera Dido and Aeneas: 'Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.' More abstract, but less trenchant are his brilliant Fantasias (for viola da gamba) which Purcell composed in the early 1680s. These are small, at times daringly expirimental works, which...
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Westminster Abbey is not just the place where British monarchs were crowned, it's also the place where many English great men were burried. Among those was also Henry Purcell. This final resting place had a double meaning for him: firstly, with his status as a composer he deserved a spot in the abbey, but secondly this was also the location where he worked during the reign of Charles II and William & Mary. Most people will recognise the last aria of Purcell's beloved opera Dido and Aeneas: "Remember me, but ah! forget my fate." More abstract, but less trenchant are his brilliant Fantasias (for viola da gamba) which Purcell composed in the early 1680s. These are small, at times daringly expirimental works, which he carefully dated. Yet, Purcell mostly developed himself as a composer of vocal music, with numerous odes, 'welcome songs', motets (anthems), songs for domestic use (both sacred and secular, both monophonic and polyphonic) and music for theatre.


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Disc #1
01.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude
01:41
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
02.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Hornpipe
01:01
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
03.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Air
01:22
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
04.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Rondeau
01:36
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
05.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Overture
01:32
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
06.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude & Song – Come, Let Us Leave the Town
02:43
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
07.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Scene of the Drunken Poet (Two Fairies, Poet & Chorus)
06:18
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
08.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Jig
01:08
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
09.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude & Song – Come All Ye Songsters
02:09
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
10.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Symphony in Imitation of Birds
01:17
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
11.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song – May The God of Wit Inspire
01:18
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
12.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Symphony in Imitation of an Echo
01:52
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
13.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Chorus – Now Join Your Warbling Voices All
00:33
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
14.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song, Chorus & Dance – Sing While We Trip It (Fairy)
02:11
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
15.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude & Song – See, Even Night Herself is Here (Night)
05:06
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
16.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song – I Am Come to Lock All Fast (Mystery)
01:38
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
17.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude & Song – One Charming Night (Secrecy)
02:26
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
18.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song & Chorus – Hush, No More (Sleep)
04:15
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
19.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Dance For the Followers of Night
01:40
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
20.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Second Act Tune – Air
01:35
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
21.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude, Song & Chorus – If Love’s a Sweet Passion (Nymph & Fawn)
05:23
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
22.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Symphony While the Swans Come Forward
02:22
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
23.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Dance for the Fairies
00:42
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
24.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Dance for the Green Men
01:39
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
25.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song – Ye Gentle Spirits of the Air (Nymph)
05:37
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
26.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude & Dialogue – Now the Maids and the Men are Making of Hay (Coridon & Mopsa)
03:49
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
27.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Dance for the Haymakers
00:54
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
28.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude & Song – When I Have Often Heard Young Maids Complaining (Nymph)
02:30
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
29.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song & Chorus – A Thousand, Thousand Ways
02:03
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
30.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Third Act Tune – Hornpipe
01:08
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli

Disc #2
01.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Symphony – Prelude / Canzona / Largo / Allegro / Adagio / Allegro
06:12
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
02.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song & Chorus – Now the Night is Chas’d Away
02:04
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
03.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song – Let the Fifes and the Clarions (2nd & 3rd Attendants)
02:04
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
04.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Symphony for the Entry of Phoebus
00:33
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
05.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude & Song – When a Cruel Long Winter (Phoebus)
02:52
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
06.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Chorus – Hail! Great Parent of us All (I)
02:01
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
07.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude & Song – Thus the Ever Grateful Spring (Spring)
02:00
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
08.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude & Song – Here’s The Summer (Summer)
01:48
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
09.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude & Song – See my Many Colour’d Fields (Autumn)
03:15
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
10.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song – Next, Winter Comes Slowly (Winter)
02:38
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
11.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Chorus – Hail! Great Parent of us All (II)
02:05
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
12.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Fourth Act Tune – Air
01:15
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
13.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Interlude – O Let Me Weep (The Plaint)
07:52
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
14.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude & Song – Thrice Happy Lovers (Juno)
04:10
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
15.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Entry Dance
01:25
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
16.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Symphony
01:05
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
17.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song – Thus the Gloomy World (Chinese Man)
04:50
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
18.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude, Song & Chorus – Thus Happy And Free (Chinese Woman)
01:16
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
19.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song – Yes, Daphne (Chinese Man)
02:38
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
20.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Dance for the Monkeys
01:01
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
21.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song – Hark How All Things With One Sound Rejoice (2nd Woman)
02:07
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
22.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song & Chorus – Hark The Echoing Air a Triumph Sings (1st Woman)
02:27
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
23.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song & Chorus – Sure the Dull God of Marriage / Hymen Appear (1st & 2nd Women)
03:01
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
24.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude as Hymen Enters
00:47
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
25.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song – See, I Obey / Turn Then Thine Eyes / My Torch, Indeed (Hymen & 1st & 2nd Women)
04:07
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
26.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Song – They Shall be as Happy as They’re Fair (1st & 2nd Women)
02:10
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
27.
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Dance for Chinese Man & Woman – Chaconne
02:40
(Henry Purcell) Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh, Various Performers, Gabrieli
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