Music for a While: Improvisations on Purcell - Dominique Visse (counter tenor); Gianluigi Trovesi (clarinet); L'Arpeggiata; Philippe Jaroussky (counter tenor);...
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  1. 'Twas within a furlong (from "Mock Marriage"), song, Z. 605/2
  2. Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2
  3. Begin the song and strike the living lyre, sacred song, for bass & continuo, Z. 183
  4. Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) for soloists, chorus & organ in G minor, Z. 231
  5. Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 328: In vain the am'rous flute
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  1. 'Twas within a furlong (from "Mock Marriage"), song, Z. 605/2
  2. Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2
  3. Begin the song and strike the living lyre, sacred song, for bass & continuo, Z. 183
  4. Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) for soloists, chorus & organ in G minor, Z. 231
  5. Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 328: In vain the am'rous flute
  6. Who can from joy refrain? (Birthday Ode for the Duke of Gloucester), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 342: A prince of glorious race descended
  7. O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406
  8. When I am laid in earth (from "Dido and Aeneas"), soprano aria (Dido's Lament), Z. 626/38b
  9. Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 328: Wondrous machine
  10. Welcome to all the pleasures (An Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 339: Here the deities approve
  11. Ah! Belinda I am pressed with torment (from "Dido and Aeneas"), aria for soprano, Z. 626/3
  12. Hark! how the songsters in the grove (from "Timon of Athens"), duet for 2 sopranos, Z. 632/2
  13. One charming night (from "The Fairy Queen"), alto aria, Z. 629/13
  14. Man is for the woman made (from "The Mock Marriage"), song, Z. 605/3
  15. O let me weep ("The Plaint" from "The Fairy Queen"), aria, Z. 629/40
  16. Timon of Athens, semi-opera, Z. 632
  17. Hallelujah, song
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This is an entirely novel treatment of Henry Purcell's music that may appeal greatly to experimentally minded listeners, but those mulling the purchase should be perfectly clear about what they're getting into. "Improvisations on Henry Purcell" is not quite the right subtitle. There are elements of improvisation, it's true, but really these are arrangements of famous Purcell songs and arias, most of them by L'Arpeggiata leader Christina Pluhar. A few of the pieces are performed straight, but most of them are very far from ...

Music for a While: Improvisations on Purcell 2014, Erato

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