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ANDREAS SCHOLL – A BIOGRAPHICAL TIMELINE
“Andreas Scholl has the world’s most cultured counter-tenor voice. And during his three Handel arias some 6,000 people scarcely dared breathe.”
Richard Morrison in the Times (2005, reviewing the “Last Night of the Proms”)
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  • Performer: Christophe Dumaux
  • Orchestra: Accademia Bizantina
  • Conductor: Stefano Montanari
  • Composer: Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (17 Jan 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B003XT8Y3U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. If Music Be The Food Of LoveStefano Montanari 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Come Ye Sons Of Art - Sound The TrumpetStefano Montanari 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Come, Ye Sons Of Art, Away (1694) Ode For The Birthday Of Queen Mary II - Strike The Viol, Touch The LuteStefano Montanari 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Purcell: Chacony, Z628Stefano Montanari 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. King Arthur, Or The British Worthy (1691) / Act 5 - Fairest IsleStefano Montanari 4:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. King Arthur, Or The British Worthy (1691) / Act 3 - What Power Art Thou?Stefano Montanari 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Chacony In G Minor Z730Stefano Montanari 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Purcell: The Fairy Queen / Act 2 - One Charming NightStefano Montanari 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Pausanius, The Betrayer Of His Country. (1695), Z585 - Original Version - Sweeter Than RosesStefano Montanari 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Dido And Aeneas / Act 3 - When I Am Laid In Earth - Dido's LamentStefano Montanari 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Purcell: The Gordian Knot Untied - Music For The Gordian Knot Unty'dStefano Montanari10:46£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ode For St Cecilia's Day, ''Welcome To All The Pleasures'', Z339 - Original Version - Here The Deities ApproveStefano Montanari 4:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Purcell: Oedipus - Music For A While, Z583Stefano Montanari 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. O Dive Custos Auriacae Domus, Z504Stefano Montanari 6:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Purcell: O Solitude, My Sweetest Choice, Z.406Stefano Montanari 5:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Pavan In G Minor, Z.752Stefano Montanari 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Purcell: An Evening Hymn, Z 193Stefano Montanari 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 

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One of the greatest living countertenors, Andreas Scholl returns to the Decca label with a recording of vocal jewels by the great baroque composer, Henry Purcell. This is Andreas Scholl's first ever recording of the music of Purcell and his uniquely beautiful voice is perfectly suited to the English composer's plangent melodies. The album includes pieces written for the stage, the church and the private chamber, some of which Andreas Scholl has sung in recital for many years, and some he sings for the first time.

Andreas Scholl's longstanding collaborators, Accademia Bizantina bring out the Italian influence in Purcell's instrumental writing, and contribute orchestral items to the programme. O Solitude is Andreas Scholl's first Decca album since the chart-topping Handel: Arias For Senesino in 2006.

The album includes the well-known beautifully poignant lament "When I Am Laid In Earth" written for the character of Dido in Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By T. Mason on 17 Jan 2011
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Finally... songs by the greatest English composer, sung by the greatest "English" countertenor. With this CD of secular and operatic arias by Henry Purcell, Andreas Scholl has returned to his "erste Liebe". The selection includes many of the best-known and best-loved songs, including "Music for a while" and "If music be the food of love", both of which AS imbues with all the poise, clarity and understanding for which he is justly famous, combined with unexpected flashes of cheerfulness. Apparently, Mr Scholl considers that "Music for a while" is one of the top 10 songs ever written and on this evidence who would argue?

The infrequently-recorded Cold Genius song, "What power thou art" from King Arthur, is a sheer triumph of strength and expression and is a particularly effective transposition to the countertenor range from the more usual bass/baritone - if you are not shivering and breathless by the end of it, you clearly haven't been listening properly. In contrast, the ingeniously simple "Fairest isle", which Mr Scholl sang to such acclaim at the Last Night of the Proms in 2005, is sung with a beguiling lightness of touch, and benefits from a sensitive harpsichord/lute/cello trio during the vocal sections and lavishly smooth and charming strings during orchestral parts; together they produce an absolutely scintillating rendition, the radiance of which just leaves you stunned with wonder. The one aria over which some controversy might arise is Dido's Lament, "When I am laid in earth", it being sung usually by a mezzo-soprano, but concern is needless; here it is surprisingly and movingly affecting and, after all, the sentiment, if not the context, is universally applicable. I could go on with "O Solitude", but you will get the picture by now.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TSmith on 29 Jan 2011
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When I received a text message from my father saying 'have you heard the new Andreas Scholl album, O Solitude? Drop everything and get it now!' I did just that. And I'm very glad I did. This is an intelligently assembled collection of Purcell which will take you on a journey through many different emotions and musical colours. The opening album opens with "If music be the food of love" and by the end of this 2 minute track I was indeed willing him to "sing on"!
There is something totally captivating about the dark and chilling "What power art thou" and the famous Dido's Lament is very moving.
This is music that demands one's full attention. Best listened to in Solitude.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CHG3004 on 10 Feb 2011
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I was driving in my car with radio 3 on when I heard the most haunting song. By the time I got to the traffic lights, the tears were involuntarily flowing - it was Andreas Scholl's recording of Dido's lament 'When I am laid in earth' from his recent CD of Purcell music, 'O Solitude'. I immediately bought the CD and think it a rare treasure. The rendition of the 'frost song' from 'King Arthur' is startling, funny and touching - rather a surprise piece. Supported by the Accademia Bizantina, Scholl makes his first recording foray into Purcell and it is a triumph. I think I now rate his version of 'When I am laid in earth' as the most sublimely beautiful and tragic short piece I have ever heard. I feel the need to share this CD with my friends!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Oct 2011
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Purcell's complete works should be on every Englishman's shelf in my opinion, but if for some reason you are not so inclined (and if not why not?) this recording is an excellent panorama of the quality of Purcell's compositions with legendary countertenor Andreas Scholl.

There is perhaps little point in me adding anything to the full review here by T Mason, so I shall simply direct you to that and add my own positive vote.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. G. Veitch on 11 Oct 2011
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I just wish that that this disc was released as a hybrid multichannel SACD, it would sound superb and we would hear his voice at its best!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 8 Feb 2011
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I was going to write a full review of this wonderful disc, but I find that T Mason has already said everything I was going to say. So, my advice is to read Mr Mason's excellent review and snap the disc up. It's a real gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Park on 30 Jan 2011
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Absolutely glorious rendition of Purcell classics. "When I am laid in earth" sent shivers down my spine. Scholl's imcomporable voice improves year on year, and this selection of one of the greatest of English composer's works is a real treat - sheer luxury to the ears!
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