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PURCELL: Fairy Queen (The)

Composer(s):Purcell, Henry
Artist(s) Scholars Baroque Ensemble, Ensemble
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.550660-61
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By CD Review,

. "of great interest to Purcell and Baroque enthusiasts and is also particularly good value for money"

Review By Preludes et Fugues (France),

"le Scholars Baroque Ensemble reussit une performance magistrale (the Scholars Baroque Ensemble succeed in a masterly performance)"

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

For Naxos bargain price the Scholars Baroque Ensemble offer an outstanding version, stylishly presented with a refreshing vigour in its scholarly approach. The recording too is exceptionally bright and immediate, regularly giving the illusion of a dramatic entertainment on stage. Logically this version, unlike previous ones, presents the purely instrumental numbers designed as interludes for A Midsummer Night’s Dream as an appendix. The humour of the Scent of the Drunken Poet is touched on delightfully without exaggeration, thanks to David van Asch, as is the Dialogue between Corydon and Mopsa, though the counter-tenor, Angus Davidson, has a flutter in the voice that the recording exaggerates. Outstanding among the sopranos are Diane Atherton, singing most



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