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Essential Purcell

The Baroque pride of England, Henry Purcell defined a whole musical period in the country and wrote music history with his opera 'Dido and Aeneas'.Read more…

  • PurcellWelcome to All the Pleasures Z 339No. 2 'Welcome to all the pleasures' (Soprano I, Soprano II, Counter-tenor, Tenor, Baritone, Bass)
    Welcome to All the Pleasures Z 339
    No. 2 'Welcome to all the pleasures' (Soprano I, Soprano II, Counter-tenor, Tenor, Baritone, Bass)
    Susan Hamilton (Soprano), Siri Thornhill (Soprano), Robin Blaze (Counter-tenor), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Jonathan Arnold (Bass), Philippe Herreweghe
    Collegium Vocale Gent
    ℗ 1998
  • PurcellTrio Sonata No. 1 in G minor Z 790
    Trio Sonata No. 1 in G minor Z 790
    Purcell Quartet
    Robert Woolley (Organ), Catherine Mackintosh (Violin), Elizabeth Wallfisch (Violin), Richard Boothby (Violoncello)
    ℗ 1988
  • PurcellThe Indian Queen Z 630: Trumpet Tune (Act 2)
    The Indian Queen Z 630: Trumpet Tune (Act 2)
    Libretto: John Dryden, Robert Howard
    Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet), Paul O`Dette (Archlute), Laurence Dreyfus (Violoncello), Christopher Hogwood (Harpsichord), Christopher Hogwood
    Academy of Ancient Music
    ℗ 1995
  • PurcellMy Heart Is Inditing Z 30
    My Heart Is Inditing Z 30
    Patrizia Kwella (Soprano), Tessa Bonner (Soprano), Kai Wessel (Counter-tenor), Paul Agnew (Tenor), William Kendall (Tenor), Philippe Herreweghe
    Collegium Vocale Gent
    ℗ 1993
  • PurcellChaconne in G minor ZT 680
    Chaconne in G minor ZT 680
    Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
    ℗ 2008
  • PurcellBlow up the Trumpet in Sion Z 10Blow up the trumpet in Sion
    Blow up the Trumpet in Sion Z 10
    Blow up the trumpet in Sion
    Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
    ℗ 2002
  • PurcellFantasy upon a Ground Z 731
    Fantasy upon a Ground Z 731
    Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
    ℗ 1990
  • PurcellMorning Service in D major Z 2322. Jubilate Deo
    Morning Service in D major Z 232
    2. Jubilate Deo
    Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort, Taverner Players, Taverner Choir
    ℗ 1989
  • PurcellThe Fairy Queen Z 629Curtain Music and Overture • No. 1 First Musick. Prelude
    The Fairy Queen Z 629
    Curtain Music and Overture • No. 1 First Musick. Prelude
    Text: William Shakespeare
    The Scholars Baroque Ensemble
    Kym Amps (Soprano), Diane Atherton (Soprano), Helen Parker (Soprano), Angus Davidson (Counter-tenor), John Bowen (Tenor), Robin Doveton (Tenor), Adrian Peacock (Bass), David van Asch (Bass)
    November 1992, London, St. Silas’ Church London
  • PurcellThe Fairy Queen Z 629Curtain Music and Overture • No. 2 First Musick. Hornpipe
    The Fairy Queen Z 629
    Curtain Music and Overture • No. 2 First Musick. Hornpipe
    Text: William Shakespeare
    The Scholars Baroque Ensemble
    Kym Amps (Soprano), Diane Atherton (Soprano), Helen Parker (Soprano), Angus Davidson (Counter-tenor), John Bowen (Tenor), Robin Doveton (Tenor), Adrian Peacock (Bass), David van Asch (Bass)
    November 1992, London, St. Silas’ Church London
  • PurcellThe Fairy Queen Z 629Curtain Music and Overture • No. 3 Second Musick. Air
    The Fairy Queen Z 629
    Curtain Music and Overture • No. 3 Second Musick. Air
    Text: William Shakespeare
    The Scholars Baroque Ensemble
    Kym Amps (Soprano), Diane Atherton (Soprano), Helen Parker (Soprano), Angus Davidson (Counter-tenor), John Bowen (Tenor), Robin Doveton (Tenor), Adrian Peacock (Bass), David van Asch (Bass)
    November 1992, London, St. Silas’ Church London
  • PurcellThe Fairy Queen Z 629Curtain Music and Overture • No. 4 Second Musick. Rondeau
    The Fairy Queen Z 629
    Curtain Music and Overture • No. 4 Second Musick. Rondeau
    Text: William Shakespeare
    The Scholars Baroque Ensemble
    Kym Amps (Soprano), Diane Atherton (Soprano), Helen Parker (Soprano), Angus Davidson (Counter-tenor), John Bowen (Tenor), Robin Doveton (Tenor), Adrian Peacock (Bass), David van Asch (Bass)
    November 1992, London, St. Silas’ Church London
  • PurcellThe Fairy Queen Z 629Curtain Music and Overture • No. 5 Overture
    The Fairy Queen Z 629
    Curtain Music and Overture • No. 5 Overture
    Text: William Shakespeare
    The Scholars Baroque Ensemble
    Kym Amps (Soprano), Diane Atherton (Soprano), Helen Parker (Soprano), Angus Davidson (Counter-tenor), John Bowen (Tenor), Robin Doveton (Tenor), Adrian Peacock (Bass), David van Asch (Bass)
    November 1992, London, St. Silas’ Church London
  • PurcellFuneral Sentences for the Death of Queen Mary Z 8601. The Queen's Funeral March sounded before her Chariot
    Funeral Sentences for the Death of Queen Mary Z 860
    1. The Queen's Funeral March sounded before her Chariot
    David Blackadder (Trumpet), Phillip Bainbridge (Trumpet), Susan Addison (Trumpet), Stephen Saunders (Trumpet), Stephen Cleobury
    Academy of Ancient Music
    ℗ 2012
  • PurcellFuneral Sentences for the Death of Queen Mary Z 8605. Canzona
    Funeral Sentences for the Death of Queen Mary Z 860
    5. Canzona
    David Blackadder (Trumpet), Phillip Bainbridge (Trumpet), Susan Addison (Trumpet), Stephen Saunders (Trumpet), Stephen Cleobury
    Academy of Ancient Music
    ℗ 2012
  • PurcellAbdelazer or The Moor's Revenge Z 570Suite • No. 2 Air
    Abdelazer or The Moor's Revenge Z 570
    Suite • No. 2 Air
    Libretto: Aphra Behn
    Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music
    October 1998, London, Henry Wood Hall
  • PurcellAbdelazer or The Moor's Revenge Z 570Suite • No. 3 Air
    Abdelazer or The Moor's Revenge Z 570
    Suite • No. 3 Air
    Libretto: Aphra Behn
    Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music
    October 1998, London, Henry Wood Hall
  • PurcellSuite in G minor Z 661I. Prelude
    Suite in G minor Z 661
    I. Prelude
    Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
    ℗ 2008
  • PurcellSuite in G minor Z 661II. Almand
    Suite in G minor Z 661
    II. Almand
    Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
    ℗ 2008
  • PurcellSuite in G minor Z 661III. Corant
    Suite in G minor Z 661
    III. Corant
    Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
    ℗ 2008
  • PurcellSuite in G minor Z 661IV. Saraband
    Suite in G minor Z 661
    IV. Saraband
    Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
    ℗ 2008
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Overture
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Overture
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act I • No. 1 Shake the cloud from off your brow (Belinda, Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act I • No. 1 Shake the cloud from off your brow (Belinda, Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act I • No. 2 Ah! Belinda, I am press'd with torment (Dido)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act I • No. 2 Ah! Belinda, I am press'd with torment (Dido)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act I • No. 3-4 Grief increases by concealing - When monarchs unite (Belinda, Dido, Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act I • No. 3-4 Grief increases by concealing - When monarchs unite (Belinda, Dido, Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act I • No. 5 Whence could so much virtue spring? (Dido, Belinda)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act I • No. 5 Whence could so much virtue spring? (Dido, Belinda)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act I • No. 6. Fear no danger to ensue (Belinda, Second Woman, Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act I • No. 6. Fear no danger to ensue (Belinda, Second Woman, Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act I • No. 7 See, your Royal Guest appears (Belinda, Aeneas, Dido)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act I • No. 7 See, your Royal Guest appears (Belinda, Aeneas, Dido)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act I • No. 8 Cupid only throws the dart (Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act I • No. 8 Cupid only throws the dart (Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act I • No. 9 If not for mine, for Empire's sake (Aeneas)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act I • No. 9 If not for mine, for Empire's sake (Aeneas)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act I • No. 10 Pursue thy conquest, Love (Belinda)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act I • No. 10 Pursue thy conquest, Love (Belinda)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act I • No. 10b A Dance gittars chacony (Guitar Dance: Chaconne)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act I • No. 10b A Dance gittars chacony (Guitar Dance: Chaconne)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act I • No. 11 To the hills and the vales (Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act I • No. 11 To the hills and the vales (Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act I • No. 12 The Triumphing Dance
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act I • No. 12 The Triumphing Dance
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 13 Prelude for the Witches - Wayward sisters, you that fright (Sorceress, First Witch)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 13 Prelude for the Witches - Wayward sisters, you that fright (Sorceress, First Witch)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 14 Harms our delight and mischief all our skill (Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 14 Harms our delight and mischief all our skill (Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 15-16 The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate - Ho! ho! ho! (Sorceress, Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 15-16 The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate - Ho! ho! ho! (Sorceress, Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 17-18 Ruin'd ere the set of sun? - Ho! ho! ho! (Witches, Sorceress, Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 17-18 Ruin'd ere the set of sun? - Ho! ho! ho! (Witches, Sorceress, Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 19 But, ere we this perform (First Witch, Second Witch)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 19 But, ere we this perform (First Witch, Second Witch)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 20 In our deep vaulted cell (Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 20 In our deep vaulted cell (Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 21 Echo Dance of the Furies
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 21 Echo Dance of the Furies
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 22 Ritornelle
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 22 Ritornelle
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 23 Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda, Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 23 Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda, Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 23b Gittar ground - a dance (Guitar Dance: Passacaille)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 23b Gittar ground - a dance (Guitar Dance: Passacaille)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 24 Oft she visits this lone mountain (Second Woman)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 24 Oft she visits this lone mountain (Second Woman)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 25 Behold, upon my bending spear (Aeneas, Dido)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 25 Behold, upon my bending spear (Aeneas, Dido)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 26 Haste, haste to town (Belinda, Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 26 Haste, haste to town (Belinda, Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 27 Stay, Prince! and hear great Jove's command (Spirit, Aeneas)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 27 Stay, Prince! and hear great Jove's command (Spirit, Aeneas)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act II • No. 27b Then since our charms have sped (Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act II • No. 27b Then since our charms have sped (Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act III • No. 28 Prelude - Come away, fellow sailors (Sailor, Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act III • No. 28 Prelude - Come away, fellow sailors (Sailor, Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act III • No. 29 The Sailors' Dance
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act III • No. 29 The Sailors' Dance
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act III • No. 30a See, see the flags and streamers curling (Sorceress, Witches)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act III • No. 30a See, see the flags and streamers curling (Sorceress, Witches)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act III • No. 30b Our next motion must be to storm her lover (Sorceress)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act III • No. 30b Our next motion must be to storm her lover (Sorceress)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act III • No. 31 Destruction's our delight (Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act III • No. 31 Destruction's our delight (Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act III • No. 32 The Witches' Dance
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act III • No. 32 The Witches' Dance
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act III • No. 33 Your counsel all is urg'd in vain (Dido, Belinda, Aeneas)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act III • No. 33 Your counsel all is urg'd in vain (Dido, Belinda, Aeneas)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act III • No. 34 Great minds against themselves conspire (Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act III • No. 34 Great minds against themselves conspire (Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act III • No. 35 Thy hand, Belinda (Dido)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act III • No. 35 Thy hand, Belinda (Dido)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act III • No. 36 When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act III • No. 36 When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellDido and Aeneas Z 626Act III • No. 37 With drooping wings ye Cupids come (Chorus)
    Dido and Aeneas Z 626
    Act III • No. 37 With drooping wings ye Cupids come (Chorus)
    Libretto: Nahum Tate
    Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo-soprano), Carys Lane (Soprano), Rebecca Outram (Soprano), William Purefoy (Counter-tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Steven Devine
    Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Choir of the Enlightenment
    June 2008, London, St Silas the Martyr
  • PurcellAmphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572Overture
    Amphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572
    Overture
    Text: John Dryden
    Christopher Jackson (Harpsichord), Nigel North (Lute), Adrian Butterfield (Violin), Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Margaret Little (Viola), Susie Napper (Violoncello)
    ℗ 2003
  • PurcellAmphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572No. 1 Saraband
    Amphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572
    No. 1 Saraband
    Text: John Dryden
    Christopher Jackson (Harpsichord), Nigel North (Lute), Adrian Butterfield (Violin), Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Margaret Little (Viola), Susie Napper (Violoncello)
    ℗ 2003
  • PurcellAmphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572No. 3 Hornpipe
    Amphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572
    No. 3 Hornpipe
    Text: John Dryden
    Christopher Jackson (Harpsichord), Nigel North (Lute), Adrian Butterfield (Violin), Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Margaret Little (Viola), Susie Napper (Violoncello)
    ℗ 2003
  • PurcellAmphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572No. 4 Scotch Tune
    Amphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572
    No. 4 Scotch Tune
    Text: John Dryden
    Christopher Jackson (Harpsichord), Nigel North (Lute), Adrian Butterfield (Violin), Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Margaret Little (Viola), Susie Napper (Violoncello)
    ℗ 2003
  • PurcellAmphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572No. 6 Air
    Amphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572
    No. 6 Air
    Text: John Dryden
    Christopher Jackson (Harpsichord), Nigel North (Lute), Adrian Butterfield (Violin), Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Margaret Little (Viola), Susie Napper (Violoncello)
    ℗ 2003
  • PurcellAmphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572No. 7 Minuet
    Amphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572
    No. 7 Minuet
    Text: John Dryden
    Christopher Jackson (Harpsichord), Nigel North (Lute), Adrian Butterfield (Violin), Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Margaret Little (Viola), Susie Napper (Violoncello)
    ℗ 2003
  • PurcellAmphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572No. 8 Hornpipe
    Amphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572
    No. 8 Hornpipe
    Text: John Dryden
    Christopher Jackson (Harpsichord), Nigel North (Lute), Adrian Butterfield (Violin), Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Margaret Little (Viola), Susie Napper (Violoncello)
    ℗ 2003
  • PurcellAmphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572No. 10 Bourrée
    Amphitryon or The Two Sosias Z 572
    No. 10 Bourrée
    Text: John Dryden
    Christopher Jackson (Harpsichord), Nigel North (Lute), Adrian Butterfield (Violin), Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Margaret Little (Viola), Susie Napper (Violoncello)
    ℗ 2003
  • PurcellKing Arthur, or The British Worthy Z 628: 'What power art thou?' (Cold Genius, Act III)What power art thou?
    King Arthur, or The British Worthy Z 628: 'What power art thou?' (Cold Genius, Act III)
    What power art thou?
    Libretto: John Dryden
    Andreas Scholl (Counter-tenor), Stefano Montanari
    Accademia Bizantina
    ℗ 2010
  • PurcellThe Tempest or The Enchanted Island Z 631: 'No starts again shall hurt you' (Amphitrite, Neptune, Chorus, Act V)No stars again shall hurt you
    The Tempest or The Enchanted Island Z 631: 'No starts again shall hurt you' (Amphitrite, Neptune, Chorus, Act V)
    No stars again shall hurt you
    Céline Scheen (Soprano), Paulin Bündgen (Counter-tenor), Jan van Elsacker (Tenor), Stephan MacLeod (Bass), Jean Tubéry
    Ensemble La Fenice
    May 2009, Auxerre, Saligny Church
  • PurcellIf Music Be the Food of Love Z 379a (First version)If music be the food of love
    If Music Be the Food of Love Z 379a (First version)
    If music be the food of love
    Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Christopher Hogwood
    Academy of Ancient Music
    October 1998, London, Henry Wood Hall
  • PurcellNow That the Sun Hath Veiled His Light Z 193 “An Evening Hymn”Now that the sun hath veiled his light
    Now That the Sun Hath Veiled His Light Z 193
    Now that the sun hath veiled his light
    Hannah Morrison (Soprano), William Christie
    Les Arts Florissants
    ℗ 2007

Purcell was born in London, probably in the late summer of 1659, and, as a highly gifted boy, was admitted to the choir of the Chapel Royal. After his voice broke, he became keeper of the king's instruments and fame followed with important positions as organist – at Westminster Abbey and then the Chapel Royal – and the composition of ceremonial works for the most important royal occasions (coronations, marriages, birthdays). In his "Orpheus Britannicus" he combined in the most sophisticated ways traditions of English church music with harmonic and contrapuntal innovations from France and Italy to produce an unmistakable personal style. His opera 'Dido and Aeneas' (1689) – a retelling of the mythic story of the lovers thwarted by their enemies' intrigues – is today one of the most frequently performed Baroque operas of all. The power, variety, solemnity and, above all, melodic beauty of Purcell's music, meanwhile, resounds across the centuries, with other famous English composers such as Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst and Benjamin Britten paying homage, whether explicitly or implicitly, to Purcell in their own works.

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