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Tim Mead|Purcell: Songs & Dances

Purcell: Songs & Dances

Tim Mead, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien and François Lazarevitch

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In a recital of songs and instrumental dances, countertenor Tim Mead and Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, under the direction of François Lazarevitch, present a varied and well-rounded portrait of Henry Purcell, the Baroque genius who was nicknamed the "English Orpheus." For this 2018 Alpha release, Mead and Lazarevitch provide idiomatic and historically informed interpretations that offer a seemingly improvisational but precisely notated approach, both in the profuse ornamentation in the vocal part and the florid repartée of the mixed consort. The ensemble consists of recorders, oboes, bassoon, and strings, with a basso continuo of viol da gamba and harpsichord, and the addition of harp and cittern lend the music a Celtic flavor. The theatrical aspect of the songs is conveyed in Mead's virtuosic and intensely focused singing, which is well supported and full sounding, and his voice seems quite robust and far from breathy. The energetic playing of Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien keeps the program engaging and fresh, even in the most familiar pieces, such as the Pavan in G minor, the Fantazia upon a Ground, and the Chaconne from The Fairy Queen, which all display vigorous rhythms, distinct parts, and elaborate filigree. Yet Mead's performance is central to the success of this album, emphasizing the dramatic and highly expressive nature of Purcell's songs, reminding the listener that they originated on the stage. Sample Fairest Isle from the semi-opera King Arthur, one of Purcell's best-loved songs and perhaps the most affecting track of the program.
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1
Amphitryon, Z. 572: Minuet - Hornpipe - Boree
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
00:03:44

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

2
Come Ye Sons of Art "Birthday Ode for Queen Mary", Z. 323/5: "Strike the Viol, Touch the Lute"
Tim Mead
00:03:40

Nahum Tate, Lyricist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

3
"O Solitude, My Sweetest Choice", Z. 406
Tim Mead
00:05:21

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist - Katherine Philips, Lyricist - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

4
Pavan in G Minor, Z. 752
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
00:04:38

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

5
Ode for St Cecilia's Day, Z. 339: "Here the Deities Approve"
Tim Mead
00:04:22

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist - Christopher Fishburn, Lyricist - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

6
The Old Bachelor, Z. 607: Hornpipe
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
00:02:16

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

7
Love's Goddess Sure Was Blind "Birthday Ode for Queen Mary", Z. 331: May Her Blest Example Chase - Tune "Hey Boys, up Go We: Jig - Suite for Strings in G Major, Z. 770: Borry
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
00:03:11

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

8
King Arthur, Z. 628: "Fairest Isle"
Tim Mead
00:04:19

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Tim Mead, MainArtist - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

9
King Arthur, Z. 628: "What Power Art Thou"
Tim Mead
00:02:46

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - John Dryden, Lyricist - Tim Mead, MainArtist - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

10
The Virtuous Wife, Z. 611: Aire
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
00:01:10

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

11
"'Twas Within a Furlong of Edinboro' Town" (Scots Song), Z. 605/2
Tim Mead
00:03:14

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist - Thomas d'Urfey, Lyricist - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

12
Amphitryon, Z. 572: Scotch Tune
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
00:02:05

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

13
If Ever I More Riches Did Desire, Cantata, Z. 544: "Here Let My Life With as Much Silence Slide"
Tim Mead
00:03:04

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist - Abraham Cowley, Lyricist - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

14
Fantazia Upon a Ground, Z. 731
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
00:04:46

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

15
Ode for St Cecilia's Day, Z. 328: "'Tis Nature's Voice"
Tim Mead
00:04:49

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist - Nicholas Brady, Lyricist - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

16
The Married Beau, Z. 603: March
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
00:01:30

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

17
Timon of Athen, Z. 632: Curtain Tune
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
00:04:19

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

18
The Indian Queen, Z. 630 "We the Spirits of the Air": Song Tune
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
00:01:42

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

19
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: "One Charming Night"
Tim Mead
00:02:15

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist - John Dryden / Robert Howard, Lyricist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

20
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: Chaconne
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
00:02:48

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Henry Purcell, Composer - François Lazarevitch, MainArtist - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, MainArtist

2018 Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien & Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Album Description

In a recital of songs and instrumental dances, countertenor Tim Mead and Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, under the direction of François Lazarevitch, present a varied and well-rounded portrait of Henry Purcell, the Baroque genius who was nicknamed the "English Orpheus." For this 2018 Alpha release, Mead and Lazarevitch provide idiomatic and historically informed interpretations that offer a seemingly improvisational but precisely notated approach, both in the profuse ornamentation in the vocal part and the florid repartée of the mixed consort. The ensemble consists of recorders, oboes, bassoon, and strings, with a basso continuo of viol da gamba and harpsichord, and the addition of harp and cittern lend the music a Celtic flavor. The theatrical aspect of the songs is conveyed in Mead's virtuosic and intensely focused singing, which is well supported and full sounding, and his voice seems quite robust and far from breathy. The energetic playing of Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien keeps the program engaging and fresh, even in the most familiar pieces, such as the Pavan in G minor, the Fantazia upon a Ground, and the Chaconne from The Fairy Queen, which all display vigorous rhythms, distinct parts, and elaborate filigree. Yet Mead's performance is central to the success of this album, emphasizing the dramatic and highly expressive nature of Purcell's songs, reminding the listener that they originated on the stage. Sample Fairest Isle from the semi-opera King Arthur, one of Purcell's best-loved songs and perhaps the most affecting track of the program.
© TiVo

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