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Purcell: Theatre Music, Vol. 1 - Andrea Jeffrey (soprano); Aradia Ensemble; Brian Duyn (tenor); Giles Tomkins (bass); Michelle Kettrick (soprano);...
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  1. Amphitryon, or, the Two Sosias, incidental music, Z. 572
  2. Sir Barnaby Whigg, or, No Wit Like a Woman's, incidental music, Z. 589: Blow, Boreas, blow
  3. The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597
  4. Circe, incidental music, Z. 575
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The performances on this disc of Henry Purcell's theatrical music by Toronto's energetic Aradia Ensemble are pleasant but not extraordinary. The novelty is the programming, which brings listeners closer than other releases to the unique quality of this music. Purcell's music for plays contained both pieces that are part of the action and incidental music, often with French dance rhythms. He wrote straight opera and straight instrumental music, but what makes much of his music (such as the strangely named semi-operas) ...

Purcell: Theatre Music, Vol. 1 2008, Naxos

UPC: 747313014972