Director and keyboardist Julian Perkins and his acclaimed ensemble Sounds Baroque join with soprano Anna Dennis for this celebration of the songs of Henry Purcell.
Known for his undisputed mastery in setting the English language, Purcell also absorbed influences from both French and Italian styles, and the programme is complemented with close contemporaries who also worked in London – a guitar suite from Italian Francesco Corbetta and a harpsichord suite from Giovanni Battista Draghi, along with two songs from the earlier Stuart court composer Henry Lawes.
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Henry Purcell (1659–1695) 1. Sweeter than roses, Z. 585/1 2. Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z. 367 3. On the brow of Richmond Hill, Z. 405 4. She loves and she confesses too, Z. 413
Henry Lawes (1596–1662) 5. No Reprieve 6. A Lover’s Legacy
Francesco Corbetta (1615–1681) Suite in C major for guitar 7. Caprice de Chacone 8. Gigue 9. Menuet 10. Autre Chacone
Henry Purcell 11. Urge me no more, Z. 426 12. In the black, dismal dungeon of despair, Z. 190 13. Now that the sun hath veil’d his light (An Evening Hymn), Z. 193
Giovanni Battista Draghi (1640–1708) Suite in E minor for harpsichord 14. Prelude 15. Allmand 16. Corrant 17. The Complaint 18. Aire 19. Jigg
Henry Purcell 20. Love arms himself in Celia’s eyes, Z. 392 21. Celia’s fond, too long I’ve lov’d her, Z. 364 22. I came, I saw and was undone (The Thraldom), Z. 375 23. Oh! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z. 402 24. How blest are shepherds (from King Arthur, Z. 628, arr. Sounds Baroque)