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Purcell: The Fairy Queen [Original recording reissued]

Henry Purcell , Roger Norrington , London Classical Players , Lorraine Hunt Lieberson , Susan Bickley , Howard Crook , David Wilson-Johnson , Mark Padmore , Catherine Pierard , Richard Wistreich Audio CD
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listen  1. The Fairy Queen Z629, First Musick: PreludeRoger Norrington 1:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Fairy Queen Z629, First Musick: HornpipeRoger Norrington 1:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Fairy Queen Z629, Second Musick: AirRoger Norrington0:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Fairy Queen Z629, Second Musick: RondeauRoger Norrington 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Fairy Queen Z629: OvertureRoger Norrington 1:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 1: Song in Two Parts: Come let us leave the town (LH/RW)Roger Norrington 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 1: Scene of the Drunken Poet: Fill up the bowlRoger Norrington 5:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 1: First Act Tune: JigRoger Norrington 1:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 2: Song: Come all ye songsters of the sky (HC)Roger Norrington 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 2: PreludeRoger Norrington0:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 2: Trio: May the God of Wit imspire (HC/MP/RW)Roger Norrington0:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 2: Echo (trumpet)Roger Norrington 1:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 2: Chorus: Now join your Warbling Voices all (Chorus)Roger Norrington0:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 2: Song and Chorus & Fairies Dance: Sing while we trip it (CP/Chorus)Roger Norrington 2:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 2: Song: See, even Night herself is here (SB)Roger Norrington 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 2: Song: I am come to lock all fast (LH)Roger Norrington0:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 2: Song: One charming Night (MP)Roger Norrington 1:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 2: Song and Chorus: Hush, no more (RW/Chorus)Roger Norrington 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 2: Dance of the Followers of NightRoger Norrington 1:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 2: Second Act Tune: AirRoger Norrington 1:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 3: Song in Two Parts and Chorus: If Love's a Sweet Passion (CP/Chorus)Roger Norrington 2:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 3: Overture: Symphony while the Swans come forwardRoger Norrington 1:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 3: Dance of the FairiesRoger Norrington0:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 3: Dance of the Green MenRoger Norrington 1:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 3: Song: Ye Gentle Spirits of the Air (LH)Roger Norrington 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 3: Coridon and Mopsa Dialogue: Now the maids and the men (MP/RW)Roger Norrington 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 3: Dance of the HaymakersRoger Norrington0:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen28. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 3: Song: When I have often heard (CP)Roger Norrington 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen29. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 3: Song and Chorus: A Thousand, Thousand ways (HC/RW/Chorus)Roger Norrington 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen30. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 3: Third Act Tune: HornpipeRoger Norrington 1:12$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 4: SymphonyRoger Norrington 6:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 4: Solo and Chorus: Now the Night is chased away (CP/Chorus)Roger Norrington 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 4: Duet: Let the Fifes, and the Clarions (HC/MP)Roger Norrington 1:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 4: Entry of PhoebusRoger Norrington0:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 4: Song: When a cruel long Winter (MP)Roger Norrington 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 4: Chorus: Hail! Great Parent of us all (Chorus)Roger Norrington 1:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 4: Song: Thus the ever Grateful Spring (LH)Roger Norrington 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 4: Song: Here's the Summer (HC)Roger Norrington 1:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 4: Song: See my many Colour'd Fields (MP)Roger Norrington 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 4: Song: Next Winter comes Slowly (DWJ)Roger Norrington 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 4: Chorus: Hail! Great Parent (Chorus) (reprise)Roger Norrington 1:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 4: Fourth Act Tune: AirRoger Norrington 1:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: PreludeRoger Norrington 1:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Epithalamium: Thrice happy Lovers (SB)Roger Norrington 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Song: The Plaint: O let me weep (LH)Roger Norrington 5:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Entry DanceRoger Norrington 1:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: SymphonyRoger Norrington 1:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Song: Thus the gloomy World (MP)Roger Norrington 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Solo and Chorus: Thus Happy and Free (CP/Chorus)Roger Norrington0:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Song: Yes, Daphne (HC)Roger Norrington 2:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Monkeys' DanceRoger Norrington 1:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Song: Hark! how all things (SB)Roger Norrington 2:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Song and Chorus: Hark! now the Echoing air (LH/Chorus)Roger Norrington 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Solos and Chorus: Sure the dull God of Marriage (CP/SB/Chorus)Roger Norrington 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: PreludeRoger Norrington0:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Solo: See, see, I obey (DWJ)Roger Norrington 1:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Duet: Turn then thine eyes (CP/SB)Roger Norrington 1:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen28. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Solo: My Torch, indeed (DWJ)Roger Norrington0:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen29. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Trio and Chorus: They shall be as happy as they're fair (CP/SB/DWJ/Chorus)Roger Norrington 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen30. The Fairy Queen Z629, ACT 5: Chaconne: Dance of the Chinese Man and WomanRoger Norrington 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Susan Bickley, Howard Crook, David Wilson-Johnson, Mark Padmore, et al.
  • Orchestra: London Classical Players
  • Conductor: Roger Norrington
  • Composer: Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (April 9, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Virgin Veritas
  • ASIN: B00005IA24
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Purcell worked immensely hard on his score for The Fairy Queen, but the original was lost. The version on which this performance is based arrived at London's Royal Academy of Music by devious routes a century and a half later. But in Roger Norrington's hands, it emerges in its pristine beauty: you could not wish for a better introduction to Purcell's greatest stage work. Only a "semi-opera," maybe, but one studded with exquisite songs and majestic choruses. The anonymous libretto is loosely based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, but its inexhaustible melodic invention is imbued with Shakespearean magic. Some songs have become concert favorites, notably "O let me weep," but the joy of this double CD is that you discover dozens more, and of comparable quality. Purcell's music breathes in perfect tandem with the words and Norrington creates out of this a riveting symbiosis. The singing is pure Baroque-instrumental clarity of tone, unsullied by any vibrato, and the playing is immaculate. Comedy and pathos are both here in spades; vast space is evoked through the pairing of flutes and the echoing of trumpets. And so are all the colors of nature: Purcell's music foreshadows Vivaldi. --Michael Church

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Lovely Music February 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This 'semi-opera' is one of the last works of Henry Purcell, the greatest English Baroque composer. Essentially a series of scenes with linking music, The Fairy Queen, like other semi-operas, lacks the integrity of plot and action of real opera. In performance, I suspect this work would be somewhat static, sort of a serious music variety show. The music, however, is lovely. The Fairy Queen contains some of Purcell's best vocal and instrumental work with some components that became part of the concert repertoire. Hearing all the music together is a fine experience, though the semi-opera format tends to work against the dramatic and musical cohesion which can be found in even merely good operas. The vocalists are splendid, particularly Lorraine (as she was then spelling her name) Hunt. The orchestral playing is just as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recording! February 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I originally heard Purcell's main theme from "The Fairy Queen" in James Newton Howard's score to the 1995 film "Restoration" starring Robert Downey, Jr. This 2CD set is a great presentation of Purcell's entire work. It was fun to discover the original context of this theme I have come to know so well. I also recommend Purcell's "King Arthur" (also featured in "Restoration").
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Vocal and Instramental Baroque April 12, 2008
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I have recently discovered Purcell's music. While singing in choir as a young college student, I sang, "Sound the Trumpet" which I loved and am anxiously awaiting a recording of that piece I ordered off Amazon. During my search, I came upon this recording written on a completely different theme and took interest, since it was loosely based on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Nights Dream."

The other reviewers have described the format of this semi-opera well and I agree that the music and singers perform fabulously. The only other thing I have to add is that I find music can sometimes be used as a vehicle to relax the mind and even problem solve and I find these works to be that kind of music that isn't too demanding of the listener. You can think, get homework or housework done, or best of all, sit and listen. I call it "multi-purpose" and this music fits that category for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Monteverdi, you will love Purcell August 20, 2002
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Absolutely beautifull baroque opera! The arrangament, singing and instrumentation is superb. If you liked Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea, it is a must to have this baroque masterpiece! It is too bad that Henry Purcell is not as widely known as Bach, because he should be recognized equally well.
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