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  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2018)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alpha
  • ASIN: B07GVXDD38
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, guided by François Lazarevitch's virtuoso flute, have already led us along the roads of Ireland and Scotland, notably the High Road to Kilkenny (ALPHA 234), a great success in 2016. This time, they venture into England with an essentially secular programme devoted to Henry Purcell (1659-95), varying the mood by alternating between instrumental dances and songs performed by the English countertenor Tim Mead, including O Solitude and What power art thou . While Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien have chosen these celebrated pieces for pleasure above all, with this English programme they also fill in a new piece in their jigsaw map of the United Kingdom. At the same time, they demonstrate the musical porosity of Ireland, Scotland and England and the atypical colours of the small string ensemble complemented by two flutes, a harp and harpsichord/lute continuo further underline the fact. The common thread, dear to Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, is that of folk music lying at the heart of art music, in a mixture of origins, practices and repertories. We can easily recognise Scotch and Irish tunes that Purcell incorporates in his overtures, jigs, hornpipes and chaconnes. The countertenor Tim Mead punctuates the dances with songs composed for the operatic or dramatic stage or for chamber performance.

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Reactions to this absorbing and revelatory disc will, I suspect, depend on how one responds to the Frenchified Purcell of François Lazarevitch's Saint-Julien musicians. I heartily approve of their imaginative, improvisatory approach, which brings some of the instrumental music the Jig following May Her Blest Example (from one of the Queen Mary birthday odes) and the Scotch Tune close to the realms of their speciality, Celtic folk music. Their soloist, the countertenor Tim Mead, could hardly be more mainstream Anglophone in his approach in a series of Purcell hits: Strike the Viol (from Come Ye Sons of Art), Fairest Isle and What Power Art Thou (the shivering song usually sung by a bass) from King Arthur, and Tis Nature's Voice (Ode for St Cecilia's Day). The French/Celtic style rubs off on Mead's vocal decoration to delectable effect. -- Hugh Canning - The Sunday Times Album of the Week


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