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
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