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Purcell: Songs - Sweeter Than Roses Import


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1. O Solitude
2. 'Tis Nature's Voice
3. The Rival Sisters, Or The Violence Of Love: Celia Has A Thousand Charmes
4. The Indian Queen: I Attempt From Love's Sickness To Fly
5. If Musick Be The Food Of Love
6. Not All My Torments
7. From Silent Shades (Mad Bess)
8. Oedipus: Musick For A While
9. Pausanias, The Betrayer Of His Country: Sweeter Than Roses
10. Celebrate This Festival: Crown The Altar
11. Lord, What Is Man
12. Sleep, Adam, Sleep
13. Now That The Sun Hath Veil'd His Light
14. The Fatal Hour Comes On Apace
15. Welcome To All The Pleasures: Here The Deities Approve
16. Fly, Bold Rebellion: Be Welcome Then, Great Sir
17. The Fairy Queen: Thrice Happy Lovers
18. The Fairy Queen: Hark! The Echoing Air
19. The Fairy Queen: Hark! How All Things

Product Details

  • Performer: Drew Minter, Paul O'Dette, Mitzi Meyerson, Mary Springfels
  • Composer: Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (November 8, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0000007CR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Peabody VINE VOICE on October 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
PLEASING TO THE EAR, BUT NO EXCITEMENT I FEAR!

Countertenor, Drew Minter possesses a voice of technical skill, but the quality is thin and somewhat nasal and often 'breathy'. What surprises me about his singing on this disc is his lack of attachment to the meaning of each song. I have heard him sing much more dramatically when he performs in an opera, such as Giustino by Handel. The only alterations I hear in these songs are changes in volume and an occasional accent that has more to do with the rhythm than the drama in the song.

An example of this is the contrast that should have happened between the song "O Solitude" which is about a person who seeks solitude in nature and thus the sung while intense is quietly rendered whereas a contrast would be "Crown the Altar" which is a song of celebration but if you listen to Drew you will not hear much of the meaning coming forward other than some minor dynamic changes.

His best performances in which he showed some emotional response were "Lord, What is Man" concerned with God's relationship to man and the other song "Be Welcome, Great Sir" that he sing majestically and impressively befitting the content.

These songs can be very meaningful when the performer takes note of the song's message. Listen if you will to Michael Chance, David Daniels and Lawrence Zazzo for an example of excellent lute song singing. I must mention that the accompanying instruments were very expressive and able to conform to the song requirements skillfully and added what little drama was on this disc. Paul O'Dette on the archlute was truly great to hear. This recording is indeed worth buying if you are 'hooked on' Purcell.

There is a 35 page booklet with pertinent information and the text in French, German and English.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kent Anderson on December 7, 2008
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
I heard this album years ago. I loved it and then could never find it again. I'm thrilled to find it here. It turned me on to counter tenors. Incredibly moving and beautiful music.
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