Purcell: King Arthur, Z628 (2CD)

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Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier

Vox Luminis already boasts an impressive discography, orientated mainly towards sacred music and German repertoire (its CD devoted to music by Heinrich Schütz won the Gramophone ‘Best Recording of the Year’ Award in 2013). Now this ensemble, founded nearly fifteen years ago by Lionel Meunier, has scaled one of the summits of English music: the legend of King Arthur and his mentor the wizard Merlin inspired one of Henry Purcell’s most popular successes, King Arthur, a semi-opera on which Purcell lavished all his exuberant musical and theatrical inventiveness.

In this revelatory new reading, the Vox Luminis vocal sound always perfectly matches the mix of choruses and highly characterized vocal solos. Prior to recording, the group presented the work in many semi-staged concerts, notably in Britain, where this Franco-Belgian ensemble has enjoyed enormous success, becoming one of the most respected European ambassadors for baroque music-making.

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Tracklisting:

CD1

  1. King Arthur, Z.628 I First music: Overture
  2. King Arthur, Z.628 I Second music: Aire
  3. King Arthur, Z.628 I Overture
  4. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act I - Altar music from Bonduca
  5. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act I - Woden, first to thee (first and second saxon priest, chorus
  6. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act I - The white horse neighed aloud (priestess, second priestess)
  7. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act I - The lot is cast (priestess)
  8. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act I - Brave souls (chorus)
  9. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act I - I call you all the woden's hall (priestess, chorus)
  10. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act I - Come if you dare (british warrior, chorus)
  11. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act I - First act tune
  12. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act II - Hither, this way (Philidel, Chorus)
  13. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act II - Let not a moon-born elf (Grimbald)
  14. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act II - Hither, this way (Chorus)
  15. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act II - Come follow me (soli & chorus)
  16. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act II - How blest are shepherds (solo & chorus)
  17. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act II - Shepherd, shepherd, leave decoying (duet with symphony for flutes &oboes)
  18. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act II - Come, shepherds, lead up (chorus)
  19. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act II - Hornpipe
  20. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act II - Second act tune: Aire
  21. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - Prelude to the frost scene
  22. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - What ho! Thou genius of this isle (solo)
  23. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - What power art thou (cold genius)
  24. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - Thou doting fool (Cupid)
  25. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - Great love, I know thee now (cold genius)
  26. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - No part of my dominion shall be waste (Cupid)
  27. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - Prelude
  28. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - See we assemble thy revels to hold (chorus)
  29. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - Dance
  30. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - 'Tis I that have warm'd ye (Cupid, chorus)
  31. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - Sound a parley (Cupid, chorus)
  32. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - 'Tis love that hath warm'd up (chorus)
  33. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - Borée from The old bachelor
  34. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act III - Third act tune

 

CD2

  1. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Aire
  2. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Soft musick
  3. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Two daughters of this aged stream (two syrens)
  4. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Passacaglia I How happy the lover (nymph, solo, sylvan, Chorus)
  5. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - In vain are our graces (three nymphs, chorus)
  6. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Fourt act tune: trumpet tune
  7. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Ye blustering brethren (Aeolus)
  8. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Symphony
  9. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Song tune I Round thy coasts (Pan, nereid, chorus)
  10. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - For folded flocks (trio)
  11. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Song tune I Your hay it is mow's (Comus, chorus)
  12. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Song tune I Fairest isle (Venus)
  13. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - You say, 'tis love (She, He)
  14. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Trumpet tune
  15. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Saint George, the patron of our isle (solo)
  16. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Our natives not alone appear (chorus)
  17. King Arthur, Z.628 I Act IV - Grand chance: chaconne