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Alfred Deller|Alfred Deller : The Voice of Purcell (Remastered)

Alfred Deller : The Voice of Purcell (Remastered)

Alfred Deller and Deller Consort

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One cannot begin to imagine the shock that English music lovers felt at the end of the war as they discovered Alfred Deller’s voice. The presence of a countertenor voice on the scene had been absent for over two centuries, with an extensive repertoire vanishing with it. Suddenly appearing from the past, this magical voice almost seemed unnatural. It was also that of an exceptional musician, of a natural expressiveness that knew how to touch the heart, always in the full repect of the text.
Alfred Deller’s talent would begin to reach an even wider audience from the end of the 1960s as the singer and his ensemble entered the musical catalogue of the label harmonia mundi. It was after a concert by the Deller Consort in Avignon in 1967 that Bernard Coutaz, the founder of the famous French label, suggested that he and Deller worked together. The two men connected straight away and their collaboration premiered shortly afterwards with a first recital dedicated to the madrigals and sacred works by Carlo Gesualdo. Deller’s purchase of an old farm in the Luberon would go on to further reinforce this friendship with the foundation of an academy for ancient music (one of the first in France) in the beautiful Sénanque Abbey and in Lacoste -- with the support of harmonia mundi. During the first part of his career, Alfred Deller is therefore able to record the major works of Purcell in the best acoustic and technical conditions, conducted and sung by himself.
At the age of 65, Alfred Deller gives his best performance in his final recordings, cut short by his sudden death as the result of a heart attack during one of the recordings, on the 16th of July 1979 in Bologna.
This famous Purcellian legacy is now published in a ‘collector’s edition’ box set of seven CDs or a luxurious version on five vinyls which are in limited edition and with five discs for the digital version. Qobuz is offering them to you in a Hi-Res Audio edition of brilliant auditive quality, under the generic title The Voice of Purcell, a favorite composer never left, to mark forty years since the loss of Alfred Deller. The original soundtracks have undergone a meticulous remastering process to restore the original takes to their entire splendour. Versions which revisit each of the original LPs are also available, also in Hi-Res. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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O Solitude : Chants & Anthems (CD 7 in booklet) (Henry Purcell)

1
O Solitude, Z. 406
Alfred Deller
00:06:03

Deller Consort - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1977 harmonia mundi

2
O Lord, God of hosts, Z. 37
Alfred Deller
00:05:44

Deller Consort - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1977 harmonia mundi

3
O Give Thanks unto the Lord, Z. 33
Alfred Deller
00:10:59

Deller Consort - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1977 harmonia mundi

4
My song shall be alway, Z. 31
Alfred Deller
00:13:26

Deller Consort - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1977 harmonia mundi

5
Hear my prayer, O lord, Z. 15
Alfred Deller
00:02:39

Deller Consort - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1977 harmonia mundi

6
Blow up the trumpet in Sion, Z. 10
Alfred Deller
00:07:28

Deller Consort - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1977 harmonia mundi

DISC 2

Music for a while (CD 6 in booklet) (Henry Purcell)

1
The Plaint, Z. 629/40
Roderick Skeaping
00:07:34

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

2
If music be the food of love, Z. 379
Roderick Skeaping
00:02:27

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

3
I attempt from love's sickness
Wieland Kuijken
00:02:03

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

4
Fairest Isle, Z. 628/38
Wieland Kuijken
00:02:49

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

5
Sweeter than roses, Z. 585/1
Wieland Kuijken
00:03:23

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

6
Not all my torments can your pity move, Z. 400
William Christie
00:02:01

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

7
Thrice Happy Lovers (The Fairy Queen, Z. 629/39)
Roderick Skeaping
00:02:57

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

8
An evening hymn, Z. 193
Wieland Kuijken
00:05:08

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

9
From Rosy Bow'rs, Z. 578
Roderick Skeaping
00:07:16

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

10
O lead me to some peaceful gloom, Z. 574
William Christie
00:02:58

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

11
Retired from any mortal's sight, Z. 581
Roderick Skeaping
00:02:56

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

12
Music for a While, Z. 583
Roderick Skeaping
00:04:05

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

13
Since from my dear Astrea's sight, Z. 627
Roderick Skeaping
00:04:00

Alfred Deller, Countertenor - Roderick Skeaping, Baroque Violin - Wieland Kuijken, Viola da gamba - William Christie, Harpsichord - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1979 harmonia mundi

DISC 3

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (CD 1 in booklet) (Henry Purcell)

1
The First Musick : I. Prelude
Alfred Deller
00:01:57

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

2
The First Musick : II. Hornpipe
Alfred Deller
00:00:57

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

3
The Second Musick : I. Air
Alfred Deller
00:00:58

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

4
The Second Musick : II. Rondeau
Alfred Deller
00:01:20

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

5
Act I : Overture
Alfred Deller
00:00:36

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

6
Act I : "Come let us leave" (Two Fairies)
Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra
00:03:13

Deller Consort (Christina Clarke, Honor Sheppard, two Fairies) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

7
Act I : Scene of the drunken poet
Alfred Deller
00:05:47

Deller Consort (Norman Platt, the drunken poet) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

8
Act I : First Act tune
Alfred Deller
00:01:13

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

9
Act II : Prelude. "Come all ye songsters" (A Fairy)
Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra
00:01:56

Deller Consort (Christina Clarke, a Fairy) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

10
Act II : Prelude [2]
Alfred Deller
00:00:41

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

11
Act II : "May the God of Wit" (Three Fairies)
Alfred Deller
00:00:58

Deller Consort (Christina Clarke, Honor Sheppard, Alfred Deller, three Fairies) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

12
Act II : Echo. "Now join your warbling voices" (A Fairy)
Alfred Deller
00:01:32

Deller Consort (Alfred Deller, A Fairy) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

13
Act II : "Sing while we trip" (A Fairy) Fairy Dance
Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra
00:02:12

Deller Consort (Christina Clarke, A Fairy) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

14
Act II : "See, even Night" (Night)
Alfred Deller
00:05:14

Deller Consort (Honor Sheppard, Night) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

15
Act II : "I am come to lock all" (Mistery)
Alfred Deller
00:00:46

Deller Consort (Jean Knibbs, Mistery) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

16
Act II : "One charming night" (Secret)
Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra
00:02:04

Deller Consort (Mark Deller, Sleep) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

17
Act II : "Hush, no more" (Sleep)
Alfred Deller
00:05:02

Deller Consort (Maurice Bevan, Sleep) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

18
Act II : Dance for the followers of Night
Alfred Deller
00:02:23

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

19
Act II : Second Act tune
Alfred Deller
00:01:22

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

20
Act III : "If love's a sweet passion" (A Nymph)
Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra
00:02:18

Deller Consort (Christina Clarke, A Nymph) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

21
Act III : Symphony while the swans come forward
Alfred Deller
00:03:24

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

22
Act III : Dance for the Fairies
Alfred Deller
00:00:51

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

23
Act III : Dance for the Green Men
Alfred Deller
00:01:51

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

24
Act III : "Ye gentle spirits of the air" (A Nymph)
Alfred Deller
00:04:53

Deller Consort (Honor Sheppard, A Nymph) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

25
Act III : Dialogue between Corydon and Mopsa
Alfred Deller
00:03:51

Deller Consort (Norman Platt, Corydon - Alfred Deller, Mopsa) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

26
Act III : "When I have often heard" (A Nymph)
Alfred Deller
00:02:48

Deller Consort (Jean Knibbs, A Nymph) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

27
Act III : Dance for the Haymakers
Alfred Deller
00:00:52

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

28
Act III : "A thousand, thousand ways" (Corydon, Mopsa)
Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra
00:02:32

Deller Consort (Norman Platt, Corydon - Alfred Deller, Mopsa) - Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

29
Act III : Third Act tune
Alfred Deller
00:01:01

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (CD 2 in booklet) (Henry Purcell)

30
Act IV : Symphony
Alfred Deller
00:06:14

Stour Music Chorus and Orchestra - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

31
Act IV : "Now the night" (Attendants)
Alfred Deller
00:02:15

Deller Consort (Jean Knibbs, Mark Deller, Alfred Deller, Attendants) - Alfred Deller, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer

2019 harmonia mundi 1972 harmonia mundi

Album Description

One cannot begin to imagine the shock that English music lovers felt at the end of the war as they discovered Alfred Deller’s voice. The presence of a countertenor voice on the scene had been absent for over two centuries, with an extensive repertoire vanishing with it. Suddenly appearing from the past, this magical voice almost seemed unnatural. It was also that of an exceptional musician, of a natural expressiveness that knew how to touch the heart, always in the full repect of the text.
Alfred Deller’s talent would begin to reach an even wider audience from the end of the 1960s as the singer and his ensemble entered the musical catalogue of the label harmonia mundi. It was after a concert by the Deller Consort in Avignon in 1967 that Bernard Coutaz, the founder of the famous French label, suggested that he and Deller worked together. The two men connected straight away and their collaboration premiered shortly afterwards with a first recital dedicated to the madrigals and sacred works by Carlo Gesualdo. Deller’s purchase of an old farm in the Luberon would go on to further reinforce this friendship with the foundation of an academy for ancient music (one of the first in France) in the beautiful Sénanque Abbey and in Lacoste -- with the support of harmonia mundi. During the first part of his career, Alfred Deller is therefore able to record the major works of Purcell in the best acoustic and technical conditions, conducted and sung by himself.
At the age of 65, Alfred Deller gives his best performance in his final recordings, cut short by his sudden death as the result of a heart attack during one of the recordings, on the 16th of July 1979 in Bologna.
This famous Purcellian legacy is now published in a ‘collector’s edition’ box set of seven CDs or a luxurious version on five vinyls which are in limited edition and with five discs for the digital version. Qobuz is offering them to you in a Hi-Res Audio edition of brilliant auditive quality, under the generic title The Voice of Purcell, a favorite composer never left, to mark forty years since the loss of Alfred Deller. The original soundtracks have undergone a meticulous remastering process to restore the original takes to their entire splendour. Versions which revisit each of the original LPs are also available, also in Hi-Res. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Details of original recording : Recorded 1971 (The Fairy Queen), September 1976 (Indian Queen - Masque from "Timon of Athens"), October 1978 (King Arthur), March 1979 (Music for a while), September 1977 (O Solitude)

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