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Henry Purcell's King Arthur, or The British Worthy, occupies the small genre of English semi-operas, i.e., stage works in which the most of the main characters speak dialogue, but songs, choruses, and incidental music provide commentary on the action. This 2018 performance by Lionel Meunier and the period ensemble Vox Luminis presents King Arthur without speaking parts, so the music is continuous and complete on two CDs, and displays the variety of musical forms and effects Purcell employed to make John Dryden's somewhat confusing play -- a mixture of Norse and British mythology -- come to life. The singing is lively and rhythmically precise, and the cast's diction is clear enough to make following the libretto virtually unnecessary. The best-known selections of King Arthur include the famous Frost Scene (What Power Art Thou at the beginning of Act III, which was adapted by minimalist composer Michael Nyman for his composition, Memorial), and Venus' air from the closing masque, Fairest Isle, has endured as one of Purcell's most-beloved songs. Alpha's recording captures the performance with crisp details and a clean background that allows the voices and instruments to be heard without excessive resonance.
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King Arthur, Z. 628 (Henry Purcell)

1
King Arthur, Z.628, First Music: Overture
Vox Luminis
00:02:32

Henry Purcell, Composer - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

2
King Arthur, Z.628, Second Music: Aire
Vox Luminis
00:01:15

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

3
King Arthur, Z.628: Overture
Vox Luminis
00:02:36

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

4
King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: Altar Music
Vox Luminis
00:01:26

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

5
King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: "Woden, First to Thee"
Sebastien Myrus
00:02:19

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Robert Buckland, MainArtist - Sebastien Myrus, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

6
King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: "The White Horse Neigh'd Aloud"
Stefanie True
00:01:18

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Stefanie True, MainArtist - Sebastien Myrus, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

7
King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: "The Lot Is Cast"
Stefanie True
00:00:44

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Stefanie True, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

8
King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: "Brave Souls"
Vox Luminis
00:02:54

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

9
King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: "I Call, I Call"
Stefanie True
00:02:01

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Stefanie True, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

10
King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: "Come If You Dare"
Robert Buckland
00:03:08

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Robert Buckland, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

11
King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: First Act Tune
Vox Luminis
00:01:11

Henry Purcell, Composer - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

12
King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "Hither, This Way"
Caroline Weynants
00:02:11

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Caroline Weynants, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

13
King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "Let Not a Moon-Born Elf"
Marcus Farnsworth
00:01:13

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Marcus Farnsworth, MainArtist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

14
King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "Hither, This Way"
Vox Luminis
00:00:37

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

15
King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "Come Follow Me"
Vox Luminis
00:02:17

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

16
King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "How Blest Are Shepherds"
Olivier Berten
00:04:52

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Olivier Berten, MainArtist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

17
King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "Shepherd, Shepherd, Leave Decoying"
Vox Luminis
00:01:53

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

18
King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "Come, Shepherds, Lead up"
Vox Luminis
00:00:44

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

19
King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: Hornpipe
Vox Luminis
00:00:41

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

20
King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: Second Act Tune - Aire
Vox Luminis
00:01:57

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

21
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: Prelude to the Frost Scene
Vox Luminis
00:00:26

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

22
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "What Ho! Thou Genius of This Isle"
Vox Luminis
00:01:06

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

23
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "What Power Art Thou"
Sebastien Myrus
00:02:56

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Sebastien Myrus, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

24
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "Thou Doting Fool"
Sophie Junker
00:00:52

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Sophie Junker, MainArtist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

25
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "Great Love, I Know Thee Now"
Sebastien Myrus
00:01:00

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Sebastien Myrus, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

26
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "No Part of My Dominion Shall Be Waste"
Sophie Junker
00:01:06

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Sophie Junker, MainArtist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

27
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: Prelude
Vox Luminis
00:00:55

Henry Purcell, Composer - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

28
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "See We Assemble Thy Tevels to Hold"
Vox Luminis
00:01:48

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

29
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: Dance
Vox Luminis
00:02:01

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

30
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "'Tis I That Have Warm'd Ye"
Sophie Junker
00:01:48

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Sophie Junker, MainArtist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

31
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "Sound a Parley"
Sophie Junker
00:02:24

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Sophie Junker, MainArtist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

32
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "'Tis Love That Has Warm'd Us"
Vox Luminis
00:01:24

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

33
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: Borée
Vox Luminis
00:00:34

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

34
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: Third Act Tune - Hornpipe
Vox Luminis
00:01:14

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

DISC 2

1
King Arthur, Z.628, Act IV: Aire
Vox Luminis
00:00:48

Henry Purcell, Composer - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

2
King Arthur, Z.628, Act IV: Soft Musick
Vox Luminis
00:01:16

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

3
King Arthur, Z.628, Act IV: "Two Daughters of This Aged Stream"
Stefanie True
00:02:06

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Zsuzsi Tóth, MainArtist - Stefanie True, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

4
King Arthur, Z.628, Act IV: Passacaglia - "How Happy the Lover"
Caroline Weynants
00:04:55

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Olivier Berten, MainArtist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Caroline Weynants, MainArtist - Sebastian Myrus, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

5
King Arthur, Z.628, Act IV: "In Vain Are Our Graces"
Caroline Weynants
00:01:19

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Caroline Weynants, MainArtist - Zsuzsi Tóth, MainArtist - Daniel Egersema, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

6
King Arthur, Z.628, Act IV: Fourth Act Tune - Trumpet Tune
Vox Luminis
00:00:53

Henry Purcell, Composer - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

7
King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: "Ye Blust'ring Brethren" John Dryden
Marcus Farnsworth
00:02:45

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Marcus Farnsworth, MainArtist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

8
King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: Symphony
Vox Luminis
00:01:51

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

9
King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: Song Tune - "Round Thy Coasts"
Caroline Weynants
00:02:05

Henry Purcell, Composer - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Caroline Weynants, MainArtist - Sebastien Myrus, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

10
King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: "For Folded Flocks"
Olivier Berten
00:02:13

Henry Purcell, Composer - Olivier Berten, MainArtist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Sebastian Myrus, MainArtist - Jan Kullman, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

11
King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: Song Tune - "Your Hay It Is Mow'd"
David Lee
00:02:34

David Lee, MainArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

12
King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: Song tune - "Fairest Isle"
Zsuzsi Tóth
00:03:14

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Zsuzsi Tóth, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

13
King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: "You Say, 'Tis Love"
Stefanie True
00:06:29

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Marcus Farnsworth, MainArtist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist - Stefanie True, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

14
King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: Trumpet Tune
Vox Luminis
00:00:38

Henry Purcell, Composer - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

15
King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: "Saint George, the Patron of Our Isle"
Sophie Junker
00:02:08

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Sophie Junker, MainArtist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

16
King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: "Our Natives Not Alone Appear"
Vox Luminis
00:01:36

Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Vox Luminis, MainArtist - Lionel Meunier, MainArtist

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France Vox Luminis & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Album Description

Henry Purcell's King Arthur, or The British Worthy, occupies the small genre of English semi-operas, i.e., stage works in which the most of the main characters speak dialogue, but songs, choruses, and incidental music provide commentary on the action. This 2018 performance by Lionel Meunier and the period ensemble Vox Luminis presents King Arthur without speaking parts, so the music is continuous and complete on two CDs, and displays the variety of musical forms and effects Purcell employed to make John Dryden's somewhat confusing play -- a mixture of Norse and British mythology -- come to life. The singing is lively and rhythmically precise, and the cast's diction is clear enough to make following the libretto virtually unnecessary. The best-known selections of King Arthur include the famous Frost Scene (What Power Art Thou at the beginning of Act III, which was adapted by minimalist composer Michael Nyman for his composition, Memorial), and Venus' air from the closing masque, Fairest Isle, has endured as one of Purcell's most-beloved songs. Alpha's recording captures the performance with crisp details and a clean background that allows the voices and instruments to be heard without excessive resonance.
© TiVo

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