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Gardiner Purcell Collection - The Tempest / Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra

Henry Purcell , Jennifer Smith , Stephen Varcoe , John Eliot Gardiner , Monteverdi Choir , Carol Hall , Rosemary Hardy , David Thomas , Roderick Earle , John Elwes , Monteverdi Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Performer: Henry Purcell, Jennifer Smith, Stephen Varcoe, John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, et al.
  • Audio CD (May 2, 1995)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000005ED6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Tempest: Overture
2. The Tempest: Act II: Masque Of Devils: No. 1 - 'Where Does The Black Fiend'
3. The Tempest: Act II: Masque Of Devils: No. 2 - 'Around, Around We Pace'
4. The Tempest: Act II: Masque Of Devils: No. 3 - 'Arise, Ye Subterranean Winds'
5. The Tempest: Act II: Masque Of Devils: No. 4 - 'Dance Of Winds'
6. The Tempest: Act III: No. 5 - 'Comme Unto These Yellow Sands'
7. The Tempest: Act III: No. 6 - 'Full Fathom Five'
8. The Tempest: Act III: No. 7 - 'Dry Those Eyes'
9. The Tempest: Act III: No. 8 - 'Kind Fortune Smiles'
10. The Tempest: Act IV: No. 9 - 'Dance Of Devils'
11. The Tempest: Act IV: No. 10 - 'The Sailor's Dance'
12. The Tempest: Act IV: No. 11 - 'Dear Pretty Youth'
13. The Tempest: Act V: Neptune's Masque - No. 12: 'Great Neptune!'
14. The Tempest: Act V: Neptune's Masque - No. 13: 'The Nereids And Tritons'
15. The Tempest: Act V: Neptune's Masque - No. 14: 'Aeolus, You Must Appear'
16. The Tempest: Act V: Neptune's Masque - No. 15: 'Your Awful Voice I Hear'
17. The Tempest: Act V: Neptune's Masque - No. 16: 'Halcyon Days'
18. The Tempest: Act V: Neptune's Masque - No. 17: 'See, See, The Heavens Smile'
19. The Tempest: Act V: Neptune's Masque - No. 18: 'No Stars Again Shall Hurt You'

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5.0 out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan August 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"THE PLAY'S THE THING" SAID WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, TO WHICH DRYDEN AGREED;
BUT HENRY PURCELL SAID "LET'S ENHANCE THE DRAMA"; MUSIC IS WHAT YOU NEED.
It was Purcell's distinctive contribution to the Restoration, starting with the 'Dioclesian' in 1690, to increase the scale of the musical sections of these 'plays' until they began to rival the spoken text itself, so creating what his contemporary Roger North called a 'semi-opera'.

The first Restoration version of 'The Tempest' was apparently made by John Dryden in 1667, who added several new characters to Shakespeare's cast. In the 1690's, Purcell replaced the older setting with his own version broadly imitating the Italian style. However, there are many questions about how much of this music Purcell really wrote due to many differences IN the music that do not seem to be Purcellian in style, Be that as it may, the 'so-called ' Purcellian version remains today and that's what you will hear on this disc.

Gardiner recorded this in 1979, and it's a really fine rendition displaying the usual excitement and interpretation that is his trademark. The Monteverdi Choir with its bouyant and resonant sound, its clear and precise diction is a joy to hear! My only complaint is that they didn't sing as much as I would like in this work. They actually have only two complete choruses (which were great) and some very short accompanying choruses with the soloists.

There are 7 characters in this short semi-opera (less than an hour in length) but they were notable for their characterizations as well as their skill in singing in this genre. I especially liked John Elwes (tenor)who had a very virtuostic type aria and sang with incredible vocal flexibility. He had to have been very young in 1979!!!
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