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PURCELL: Theatre Music, Vol. 1 - Amphitryon / Sir Barnaby Whigg / The Gordian Knot Unty'd / Circe

Composer(s)Purcell, Henry
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570149
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Written mostly during the last five years of his life, Purcell’s Theatre Music is a rich and varied collection of some of the composer’s finest melodic inspirations. They include solemn overtures, cheerful and sad songs, as well as delightful dances, either incorporated into the action of the play or performed as preludes and interludes. This first volume of the series includes many gems such as the erotic musical diversion in Amphitryon which takes the form of a Pastoral Dialogue betwixt Thyrsis and Iris, the amorous shepherd begging for, and finally being granted, his heart’s desire; and the series of dances in The Gordian Knot Unty’d, the most delightful of which are the Rondeau, Minuett and the final Chacone.

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PURCELL: Theatre Music, Vol. 1 - Amphitryon / Sir Barnaby Whigg / The Gordian Knot Unty'd / Circe 59:33   
  Amphitryon, Z. 572, "The 2 Sosias"          
      I. Overture 3:05       
      II. Saraband 1:55       
      III. Hornpipe 2:06       
      Celia, That I Once Was Blest (Soprano) 2:57       
      IV. Scotch Tune 1:39       
      For Iris I Sigh (Soprano) 2:34       
      V. Air 1:33       
      VI. Minuet 1:50       
      A Pastoral Dialogue Betwixt Thrsis and Iris (Bass, Soprano) 5:15       
      VII. Hornpipe 1:07       
      VIII. Borree 1:18       
  Sir Barnay Whigg, Z. 589: Blow, Boreas, Blow 3:49       
  The Gordion Knot Unty'd, Z. 597          
      Overture 3:44       
      Second Music: Air 1:30       
      Second Music II: Minuet 2:11       
      First Act Tune: Air 1:29       
      Second Act Tune: Rondo Minuet 1:42       
      Third Act Tune: Air 1:59       
      Fourth Act Tune: Jig 1:28       
      Chaconne 2:57       
  Circe, Z. 575          
      We Must Assemble By a Sacrifice (Bass, Chorus) 1:39       
      Their Necessary Aid You Use (Tenor, Bass, Chorus) 2:48       
      Come Every Demon (Tenor, Chorus) 3:12       
      Magicians' Dance 1:34       
      Pluto, Arise! (Bass) 1:17       
      Lovers Who To Their First Embraces Go (Soprano, Alto, Chorus) 2:55       
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