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John Blow: Venus and Adonis - Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano); Elizabeth Kenny (guitar); Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo); Roderick Williams (baritone);...
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  1. Chloe Found Amyntas Lying for voice & continuo
  2. Ground for 2 violins & continuo in G minor
  3. Vos mespris chaque jour, air
  4. Chaconne, for theorbo
  5. Venus and Adonis, masque
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John Blow's Venus and Adonis preceded Purcell's Dido and Aeneas by less than a decade and is often considered the first English opera. For all its undoubted influence on Purcell's masterwork it has a different flavor. Considerable interest lies in the perhaps specifically feminine qualities of its libretto, written by either Anne Finch or Aphra Behn. Blow's musical models were French, with a pomp-filled Lully-style overture, lots of in-group court allusions, and a sober contrapuntal finale that, it's true, doesn't amount to ...

John Blow: Venus and Adonis 2011, Wigmore Hall Live

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