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John Blow: Venus and Adonis - Christopher Josey (counter tenor); Gerald Finley (baritone); John Bowen (tenor); Jonathan Brown (bass);...
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John Blow described Venus and Adonis as a masque, but for all intents and purposes, it's an opera, as fully as Dido and Aeneas is, and it should make anyone who considers the Purcell the first English opera think again. The two works have much in common in their dramatic structure, subject matter, length, and level of musical expressiveness. Based on the quality of Blow's work, it's surprising that the piece isn't frequently programmed on a double bill with Dido and Aeneas. Venus' response to the death of Adonis isn't as ...

John Blow: Venus and Adonis 2008, Harmonia Mundi

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