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Purcell: King Arthur / Pinnock [Import]

Henry Purcell , Trevor Pinnock , Chevilly Choir of the Fathers of the Holy Spirit , English Concert , Julia Gooding , Nancy Argenta , Mark Tucker , Brian Bannatyne-Scott , Gerald Finley , Jamie MacDougall Audio CD
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Is known worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with his own orchestra, The English Concert, which he founded in 1972 and led for the next thirty years. He now divides his time between conducting, solo, chamber music and educational projects.

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  • Performer: Julia Gooding, Nancy Argenta, Mark Tucker, Brian Bannatyne-Scott, Gerald Finley, et al.
  • Orchestra: Chevilly Choir of the Fathers of the Holy Spirit, English Concert
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Composer: Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (August 11, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Archiv / Polygram Int'l
  • ASIN: B00000E537
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10 This is a surperb recording!!!!! January 3, 2009
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I have two complete recordings of this work. The one on Harmonia Mundi and this one. This one is recorded in better sound, much better sung and played. I Just love this recording. Barokk music is one of my favorite period in classical music. I have many recording from this period. The choir is one of the best chamber choir in word. Belive me. This have the highest recomend from me. This is maybe some of the best Purcell. Two thumbs up! Bye this and u will not regret.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BLUST'RING BRETHREN December 29, 2005
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This is not where to find Lancelot, Guinivere, ladies in pointy hats, Sir Bors, Sir Mordred and the gang. You may have thought that Comus was someone in Milton, you were probably fairly sure that Grimbald was not the baddy in Beowulf and Philidel may be a newcomer to you, but probably only specialists either in Dryden or in 17th century music will usually know their association with King Arthur, which occurs only here, or I hope so. Dryden produced his book of King Arthur as a `dramatick opera' for Charles II. His Majesty wanted something different, but after the era of the Stewarts came to an end Dryden, now ousted as poet laureate to the court, dusted it off as a patriotic celebration of the new dynasty. As I understand the matter, autographs are extant of neither Dryden's text nor Purcell's music. What seems fairly clear all the same is that Purcell browbeat Dryden to a considerable extent, even altering the verses at times.

King Arthur is something to hear for the music, not for the play it accompanies. Where there is some genuine drama in it, Purcell takes full advantage, but he really treats it as a pretext for a string of musical numbers rather than as a coherent opera like Dido and Aeneas. There is no plot worth the name, and the liner-note makes the excellent point that it has more than a little of a pantomime about it. This is particularly obvious in the rustic farce of Comus and his attendants in the last act, but the excursus into the realm of the Cold Genius and his cold people, plus the various episodes involving characters from pseudo Greek mythology, are not less absurd in their own way, just not so deliberately absurd.
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