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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD, Limited Edition
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B00G6RA6X2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Mock Marriage, Z. 605/2: "Twas Within A Furlong"
  2. Oedipus, King Of Thebes, Z. 583/2: "Music For A While"
  3. Come, Ye Sons Of Art Away (Birthday Ode For Queen Mary), Z. 323/5: "Strike The Viol"
  4. "Now That The Sun Hath Veiled His Light" (An Evening Hymn On A Ground), Z. 193
  5. Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode For St. Cecilia's Day), Z. 328/10: "In Vain The Am'Rous Flute"
  6. Who Can From Joy Refrain? (Birthday Ode For The Duke Of Gloucester), Z. 342/3: "A Prince Of Glorious Race Descended"
  7. "O Solitude, My Sweetest Choice", Z. 406
  8. Dido And Aeneas, Z. 626/38: "When I Am Laid In Earth"
  9. Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode For St Cecilia's Day), Z. 328/8: "Wondrous Machine"
  10. Welcome To All The Pleasures (Ode For St Cecilia's Day), Z. 339/3: "Here The Deities Approve"
  11. Dido And Aeneas, Z. 626/3: "Ah! Belinda"
  12. Timon Of Athens, Z. 632/2: "Hark! How The Songsters Of The Grove"
  13. Secresy's Song, From The Fairy Queen, Z. 629/13: "One Charming Night"
  14. The Mock Marriage, Z. 605/3: "Man Is For The Woman Made"
  15. The Fairy Queen, Z. 629/40: "O Let Me Weep" (The Plaint)
  16. Timon Of Athens, Z. 632/13: "Curtain Tune On A Ground"
  17. Hallelujah

Disc: 2

  1. Oedipus, King Of Thebes, Z. 583/2: "Music For A While"
  2. The Mock Marriage, Z. 605/2: "Twas Within A Furlong"
  3. Come, Ye Sons Of Art Away (Birthday Ode For Queen Mary), Z. 323/5: "Strike The Viol"
  4. Welcome To All The Pleasures, Z. 339/3: "Here The Deities Approve"
  5. Trailer

Product Description

ERA 2564636203; ERATO - Francia; Classica vocale

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Before I make my comments, please note that I'm reviewing the one CD only version.

This brilliant and enjoyable music is just the job for classcial aficionados who are also jazz fans. For my shelves, I've categorised it as "Post-Modern Purcell". In Baroque music, there is alway dance and I believe the continuo players were permitted to improvise anyway, so the notions of rhythm and experimentation were always there.

The main reason for my review, though, is to contest the statement that the work contains "skiffle" and to quell the idea that it's going to be bashed out on strummed guitar, washboard and one-string tea chest bass. Nothing could be further from the truth. The pianist and guitarist play jazz at times, but the whole thing couldn't be more refined.

The use of a soprano who doesn't sound classically trained, or not fully so, is interesting - and poignant.
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... after all the wonderful experiences Chirstina Pluhar has given us, this one feels like a real dud. Los Pajaros Perditos was a dazzler, as was the Monteverdi Vespers she did in St Denis. Teatro d'Amore, both in Metz and in Mexico, is one of my all time favourites. Mediterraneo was OK - lively, inspiring in playing and ornamentation.

It is left to the singers to convey what is left of the Purcellian idiom, and they are great. But the "arrangements", almost all by Pluhar, bring immediately to mind the dreaded word: skiffle. In various renderings, Bach suffered this "updating" treatment years ago, but Purcell doesn't stand it. What Deller and David Munrow started - and performed amazingly on various CDs still available - and Hogwood and others continued, meets an inglorious end here.

Rock bottom is the 20 minute "bonus" DVD. Four songs are recorded, skiffle group well in view, each track with repeated end credits. Singers win, again. The final "trailer", also with credits, contains nothing but the opening bars of the four songs just performed. Is this the sort of shoddy stuff what we are to expect from Erato/Warner? Hardly likely to provide a new spike in CD buying.
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I have to agree in part with the previous reviewer, and while Purcell's work does not adapt well to the Pluhar treatment the real thorn has to be the absolutely dire rendition of Cohen's Hallelujah, it is nothing short of dreadful. A shame, I will not be so quick to order future releases. in my humble opinion L'Arpeggiata & Pluhar should stick to what they excel at.
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It's a wide world and there's room for everything. I love Purcell and I've bought all of this ensemble's previous efforts and I was willing to listen with an open mind. For people who are limited to a classical only viewpoint (and I respect that) - fair enough, it's not their cup of tea. I always think different is good
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JUST AS A LOVER of a much-treasured novel approaches a big screen adaptation with a combination of nervousness and excitement, so it was for me with this fascinating new release of Henry Purcell interpretations and improvisations. For many years, it has intrigued me how the works of a celebrated English composer active some three hundred years ago can, today, maintain their resonance and their power to move – and this is exactly the approach taken here in this new release, ‘Music for a while’, by Christina Pluhar’s L’Arpeggiata.

As a keen ‘Purcellian’, then – owning many fine recordings by such consummate performers as The King’s Consort with James Bowman, Susan Gritton et al (Hyperion), and William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants (Erato) – I was keen to discover these cross-genre re-imaginings of familiar classical pieces… and what a revelation!

Amongst Mr Purcell’s many compositional techniques was the ‘ground bass’ – a repeating bass structure over which he magically wove the most beautiful and varied melodies (often requiring detailed examination to believe that the same, recurring bass line is employed throughout). For instance (although not from this collection), the countertenor solo of Be welcome then, great Sir (from Purcell’s welcome song for Charles II, Fly, bold rebellion) is later elaborated, at length, over the same three-bar ground bass with the most ravishing orchestral ritornello. It would therefore, I suggest, be perfectly possible that this composer of great choral and theatrical masterpieces (as well as secular and even bawdy drinking songs) might be enthusiastically open to such improvisation and invention.
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A typically enjoyable, stimulating, somewhat controversial project by L'Arpegiatta... and Purcell's music is perfectly able to survive the jazz fusion treatment, which is reminiscent of Jacques Loussier at times, although more idiomatically and instrumentally varied. Most of the out-and-out improvisation, on clarinet, guitar and piano, is done in a mainstream, swing-jazz style, with blue notes etc. It would have been interesting to have heard more improvisation within the baroque style, rather than simply grafting on mid-20th century American jazz idioms, but there is some enjoyable stuff here - "Strike the Viol" is particularly funky, with a raunchy clarinet solo.
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