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Purcell: The Fairy Queen


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Purcell’s The Fairy Queen is based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a play not frequently performed in the late 17th century, nor very well regarded (“the most insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life” - Samuel Pepys’ diary, 1662). Despite this, the play would go on to work well within an opera, as the characters of Pyramus and Thisbe could conjure up singing and dancing accomplices. Purcell’s masterful composition, Gabrieli’s first-class performance, and McCreesh’s superb interpretation demonstrate why their recordings are seen as some of the best in classical music today. Gabrieli are world-renowned interpreters of great vocal and instrumental repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day. Founded by Paul McCreesh in 1982, Gabrieli have both outgrown and remained true to their original identity: whilst the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded beyond any expectation, McCreesh’s ever-questioning spirit, expressive musicianship and a healthy degree of iconoclasm remain constant and are reflected in the ensemble’s dynamic performances. Gabrieli’s repertoire includes major works of the oratorio tradition, virtuosic a cappella programmes and mold-breaking reconstructions of music for historical events. Above all, Gabrieli aims to create thought-provoking performances which stand out from the crowd.
Facts
Item number SIGCD615
Barcode 635212061527
Release date 4/10/2020
Category Opera
Label SIGNUM CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Choir Gabrieli Consort
Classical Artist Williams, Roderick
Lawson, Mhairi
Budd, Jeremy
Riches, Ashley
Pierce, Rowan
Daniels, Charles
Way, James
Dennis, Anna
Sampson, Carolyn
Conductor McCreesh, Paul
Ensemble Gabrieli Players
Disc: 1
The Fairy Queen, Z. 62900:21:00
1 First Music: Prelude 00:01:41 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
2 First Music: Hornpipe 00:01:01 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
3 Second Music: Air 00:01:22 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
4 Second Music: Rondeau 00:01:36 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
5 Second Music: Overture 00:01:32 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
6 Act I: Come, come, come let us leave this town (So 00:02:43 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
7 Act I: Fill up the bowl, then… (Blindfolded Poet, 00:06:18 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
8 Act I: First Act Tune: Jig 00:01:08 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
9 Act II: Come all ye songsters of the sky (High Ten 00:02:09 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
10 Act II: Symphony in imitation of birds 00:01:17 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
11 Act II: May the God of Wit inspire (High Tenor, Te 00:01:18 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
12 Act II: Symphony in imitation of an echo 00:01:52 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
13 Act II: Now join your warbling voices all (Chorus) 00:00:33 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
14 Act II: Sing while we trip it upon the green (Fair 00:02:11 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
15 Act II: See, even Night herself is here (Night) 00:05:06 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
16 Act II: I am come to lock all fast (Mystery) 00:01:38 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
17 Act II: One charming night (Secrecy) 00:02:26 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
18 Act II: Hush, no more, be silent all (Sleep, Choru 00:04:15 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
19 Act II: Dance for the followers of night 00:01:40 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
20 Act II: Second Act Tune: Air 00:01:35 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
21 Act III: If love's a sweet passion (Nymph, Chorus, 00:05:23 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
22 Act III: Symphony while the swans come forward 00:02:22 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
23 Act III: Dance for the fairies 00:00:42 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
24 Act III: Dance for the green men 00:01:39 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
25 Act III: Ye gentle spirits of the air, appear! (Ny 00:05:37 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
26 Act III: Now the maids and the men are making of h 00:03:49 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
27 Act III: Dance for the haymakers 00:00:54 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
28 Act III: When I have often heard young maids compl 00:02:30 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
29 Act III: A thousand, thousand ways we'll find (Hig 00:02:03 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
30 Act III: Third Act Tune: Hornpipe 00:01:08 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
Disc: 2
The Fairy Queen, Z. 62900:21:00
1 Act IV: Symphony 00:06:12 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
2 Act IV: Now the night is chased away (First Attend 00:02:04 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
3 Act IV: Let the fifes and the clarions and shrill 00:01:16 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
4 Act IV: Symphony for the entry of Phoebus 00:00:33 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
5 Act IV: When a cruel long winter has frozen the ea 00:02:52 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
6 Act IV: Hail! Great parent of us all (Chorus) 00:02:01 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
7 Act IV: Thus the ever grateful Spring (Spring) 00:02:00 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
8 Act IV: Here's the Summer, sprightly, gay (Summer) 00:01:48 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
9 Act IV: See my many coloure'd fields (Autumn) 00:03:15 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
10 Act IV: Next Winter comes slowly, pale (Winter) 00:02:38 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
11 Act IV: Hail! Great parent of us all (Chorus) 00:02:05 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
12 Act IV: Fourth Tune: Air 00:01:15 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
13 Act V: O let me ever, ever weep (Nymph) 00:07:52 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
14 Act V: Thrice happy lovers (Juno) 00:04:10 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
15 Act V: Entry Dance 00:01:25 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
16 Act V: Symphony 00:01:05 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
17 Act V: Thus the gloomy world (Chinese Man) 00:04:50 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
18 Act V: Thus happy and free (Chinese Woman, Chorus) 00:01:16 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
19 Act V: Yes, Daphne (Chinese Man) 00:02:38 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
20 Act V: Monkey's Dance 00:01:01 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
21 Act V: Hark! How all things with one sound rejoice 00:02:07 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
22 Act V: Hark! The echoing air a triumph sings (Firs 00:02:27 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
23 Act V: Sure the dull God of Marriage does not hear 00:03:01 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
24 Act V: Prelude as Hymen enters 00:00:47 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
25 Act V: See, see I obey (Hymen, Two Chinese Women) 00:04:07 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
26 Act V: They shall be as happy as they're fair (Two 00:02:10 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
27 Act V: Chaconne 00:02:40 Budd, Jeremy Sampson, Carolyn Williams, Roderick Daniels, Charles Dennis, Anna Lawson, Mhairi McCreesh, Paul Riches, Ashley Gabrieli Consort Gabrieli Players Way, James Pierce, Rowan
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