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Purcell - O Solitude & songs

Henry Purcell Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Jan 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive Sa
  • ASIN: B000NQDE8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. O Solitude, My Sweetest Choice! Z 406
2. If Music Be the Food Of Love Z 379 (c)
3. The Fatal Hour Comes On Apace Z 421
4. What a Sad Fate Is Mine Z 428 (b)
5. While Thirsis, Wrapp'd In Downy Sleep (A Pastoral Coronation Song) Z 437
6. Air Instrumental 'The Indian Queen' Z 630
7. Air Lent 'Distressed Innocence' Z 577
8. I Attempt From Love's Sickness Instrumental 'The Indian Queen' Z 630
9. Ask Me To Love No More Z 368
10. Beneath a Dark And Melancholy Grove (Sappho's Complaint) Z 461
11. If Pray'rs And Tears (Sighs For Our Late Sovereign King Charles the Second) Z 380
12. Incassum Lesbia (The Queen's Epicidium) Z 383
13. In Cloris All Soft Charms Agree Z 384
14. A Thousand Sev'ral Ways I Tried To Hide Z 459
15. Intermede Instrumental
16. Bacchus Is a Pow'r Divine Z 360
17. Intermede Instrumental
18. Song Tune Instrumental
19. Young Thirsis' Fate Ye Hills And Groves Deplore (An Elegy Upon the Death Of Mr. Thomas Farmer, B.M.)
20. An Evening Hymn (Now, Now That the Sun Hath Veil'd His Light) In Harmonia Sacra Z 193

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5.0 out of 5 stars An elegant interpretation of Purcell 22 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
I cannot understand why the name of Gérard Lesne is not bandied around more often. He is surely one of the greatest countertenors of our time, up there with the likes of Scholl, Cencic, Jaroussky and Daniels, yet it's unfair to do a direct comparison between his individual colouration and that of others.

The interpretation of these Purcell songs by Lesne and the accompanying basso continuo of Il Seminario Musicale (on bass violin, harpsichord and theorbo) may be a little more languid than others, but is always elegant, sophisticated and moving. Lesne's florid ornamentation plus a slightly camp English diction are not over the top but even compelling and convincing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lesne has a style with Purcell that is inimitable, and extremely moving 4 Aug 2009
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This CD is a re-release on Naive of one of the finest disks of Purcell's songs that I have ever heard. Not only the vocal performance, but the period instrument accompaniment as well is also absolutely second to none. It has the quality of viola da gamba but is actually a basse de violon, with clavecin and theorbe. Lesne is certainly one of the five greatest counter-tenors in the world today, the others of course being David Daniels, Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky, and Carlos Mena (apologies to the other greats whom I have forgotten for the moment). The great countertenors are all very distinct in their repertoires and voice quality, so one really cannot rank them: they are all number one in their realm, and that certainly goes for Lesne. But other than this disk, I have never heard him sing in English, and the non-native-speaker style of his enunciation is captivating beyond words. It takes one right back to the English Baroque, which was after all much inspired by French (not to mention Italian) music. This collection contains many of Purcell's greatest songs, with accompaniment that cannot be matched. It transports one right to the land of bliss, with no boring pit-stops along the way. Who will buy the last copy now available on Amazon?
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