• ELQ4825063 Katalognummer
  • 00028948250639 EAN
  • 2CD Format
  • 2019 Utgivelsesår

Artist
Britten, Benjamin | Lewis, Anthony

Dirigent
Britten, Benjamin | Lewis, Anthony

Medvirkende
Vyvyan, Jennifer (soprano) | Wells, Mary (soprano) | Burrowes, Norma (soprano) | Hodgson, Alfreda (mezzo-soprano) | Bowman, James (countertenor) | Brett, Charles (countertenor) | Pears, Peter (tenor) | Partridge, Ian (tenor) | Herbert, William (tenor) | Shirley-Quirk, John (bass) | Brannigan, Owen (bass) | Alan, Hervey bass (bass) | Egan, Dennis (trumpet)

Komponist
Purcell, Henry

Ensemble
Ambrosian Opera Chorus | English Chamber Orchestra | Philomusica of London

Plateselskap
Eloquence

Verk

HENRY PURCELL (1659–1695)

The Fairy Queen 
Ed. Benjamin Britten, Imogen Holst and Peter Pears

Jennifer Vyvyan · Mary Wells · Norma Burrowes, sopranos 
Alfreda Hodgson, mezzo-soprano· James Bowman, Charles Brett, countertenors 
Peter Pears, Ian Partridge, tenors 
John Shirley-Quirk · Owen Brannigan, basses 
Ambrosian Opera Chorus 
English Chamber Orchestra 

Benjamin Britten

INCIDENTAL MUSIC

The Tempest (excerpts)*                                                                                                                                

Sonata for Trumpet and Strings (ed. Dart, Tilmouth)*                                                                        

The Virtuous ife*                                                                                                                                           

What shall I do? Dioclesian)*                                                                                                                          

Ciacona in G minor (ed. Dart)*                                                                                                                     

Jennifer Vyvyan, soprano · William Herbert, tenor · Hervey Alan, bass 
Dennis Egan, trumpet
Philomusica of London 
Anthony Lewis

Produktbeskrivelse

Several Eloquence releases have celebrated the pellucid timbre and vivid characterisation of the British soprano Jennifer Vyvyan. ‘A treasury to treasure’ was the BBC Music Magazine’s verdict on ‘Songs of England’ (4825045), a L’Oiseau-Lyre recital from 1953. Four years later she took part in the first complete recording of Purcell’s masque The Fairy Queen (conducted by Anthony Lewis and reissued as 4827449), where again her shapely phrasing and sharply etched tone-painting drew critical praise. As a founding member of the English Opera Group, Vyvyan had by then become a favourite soprano for Benjamin Britten, who created a string of roles for her: ‘Queen of Aldeburgh’, she was called by her colleague, the baritone Thomas Hemsley.

So it was inevitable that Vyvyan should take so prominent a part in the second, (almost) complete ‘Fairy Queen’, arranged and conducted as it was by Britten for Decca in the Snape Maltings of Aldeburgh in September 1970. She was joined by a Who’s Who of British (and Britten-ish) early-music singers, who between them weave a spell of magic and intimacy in this Shakespearean tale such as has hardly been rivalled on record since, especially in the ravishing nocturnal sequence to close Part II, featuring Vyvyan alongside James Bowman, Norma Burrowes and John Shirley-Quirk.

Several Eloquence releases have celebrated the pellucid timbre and vivid characterisation of the British soprano Jennifer Vyvyan. ‘A treasury to treasure’ was the BBC Music Magazine’s verdict on ‘Songs of England’ (4825045), a L’Oiseau-Lyre recital from 1953. Four years later she took part in the first complete recording of Purcell’s masque The Fairy Queen (conducted by Anthony Lewis and reissued as 4827449), where again her shapely phrasing and sharply etched tone-painting drew critical praise. As a founding member of the English Opera Group, Vyvyan had by then become a favourite soprano for Benjamin Britten, who created a string of roles for her: ‘Queen of Aldeburgh’, she was called by her colleague, the baritone Thomas Hemsley.

So it was inevitable that Vyvyan should take so prominent a part in the second, (almost) complete ‘Fairy Queen’, arranged and conducted as it was by Britten for Decca in the Snape Maltings of Aldeburgh in September 1970. She was joined by a Who’s Who of British (and Britten-ish) early-music singers, who between them weave a spell of magic and intimacy in this Shakespearean tale such as has hardly been rivalled on record since, especially in the ravishing nocturnal sequence to close Part II, featuring Vyvyan alongside James Bowman, Norma Burrowes and John Shirley-Quirk.

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