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Purcell: The Fairy Queen

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Disc: 1
1. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: First Music. No. 1. Prelude
2. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: First Music. No. 2. Hornpipe
3. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Second Music. No. 3. Air
4. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Second Music. No. 4. Rondeau
5. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Second Music. No. 5. Overture
6. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 1. No. 6. Song in Two Parts. Come, come, come, let us leave the Town
7. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 1. No. 7. Scene of the Drunken Poet. Fill up the Bowl
8. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 1. No. 8. First Act Tune. Jig
9. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 2. No. 9. Prelude and Song. Come all ye Songsters of the Sky
10. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 2. No. 10. Prelude
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Disc: 2
1. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 4. No. 30. Symphony
2. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 4. No. 31. Solo and Chorus. Now the Night is chac'd away
3. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 4. No. 32. Duet. Let the Fifes, and the Clarions
4. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 4. No. 33. Entry of Phoebus
5. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 4. No. 34. Song. When a cruel long Winter / No. 35. Chorus. Hail! Great Parent of us all
6. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 4. No. 36. Song. Thus the ever Grateful Spring
7. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 4. No. 37. Song. Here's the Summer, Sprightly, Gay
8. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 4. No. 38. Song. See my many Colour'd Fields
9. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 4. No. 39. Song and Chorus. Now Winter comes Slowly
10. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Act 4. No. 40. Fourth Act Tune. Air
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Product Details

  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Archiv
  • ASIN: B000V3OKY8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George Peabody VINE VOICE on May 31, 2009
Format: Audio CD
A QUOTE FROM 'PROLOGUE TO THE FAIRY QUEEN'(1693): "WHAT HAVE WE LEFT UNTRY'D TO PLEASE THIS AGE, TO BRING IT MORE IN LIKING WITH THE STAGE? WE SUNK TO FARCE, AND ROSE TO COMEDY; GAVE YOU HIGH RANTS, AND WELL-WRIT TRAGEDY......"
'The Fairy Queen' was first performed on May 2, 1692, at the Queen's Theatre, Dorset Garden, London, possibly, as a birthday tribute to Queen Mary. Based on an incident in Shakespeare's 'Midsummer Night's Dream', Henry Purcell's 'Fairy Queen' is extraordinarily beautiful and contains some of the most inspired arias penned for the English language. The tale is a joyful fusion of music, dance and comedy which brings alive the splendor of the Baroque for a modern audience.

The score, which is only partially in Purcell's autograph, has served as the basis of the edition specially prepared by Peter Holman and John Eliot Gardiner for performance at the 1981 Gottingen Handel Festival and the subsequent recording. The four-part Baroque Orchestra consists of: oboes and bassoons, double violin and bass parts which follows both English and French traditions. The surviving music that Purcell composed for the 1693 revival is here recorded complete for the first time(1981).

Upon listening to it for the first time, one attempts to be logical and follow the 'story' which is really not obvious or all that important, and tends to get in the way of enjoyment of the music. There are nine Masques contained within five acts, all portraying various scenarios intertwined with the lovely music of Purcell.

The First Act consists of fairies pinching and tormenting a drunken poet, while the Second Act meditates on the misunderstandings of the lost pair of lovers in Shakespeare's play and rhapsodises on night, sleep and mystery.
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By Wyote VINE VOICE on October 13, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a repackaging (not remastered or anything) of Purcell: The Fairy Queen - you can find several more reviews for the original.

I think the voice teacher's review is an interesting one... perhaps if I were to buy this today I would prefer another recording. You definitely should consider shopping around. On the other hand, the amazon reviewer states that this was the first period recording of The Fairy Queen, and if that's true then it is sort of a historical document at least.

I haven't heard any of the following, but if I were in the market (as you apparently are!), I'd definitely consider:

- Fairy Queen
- Purcell: The Fairy Queen
- Purcell: The Fairy Queen /Les Arts Florissants * Christie
- Purcell: The Fairy Queen (complete)

G'luck!
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