20 Jul 2008

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 20 July 2008
Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell Photo: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

 

Henry Purcell lived in interesting times. He was born, we think, in 1659 and died in 1695.  During his brief life he lived through political and cultural upheavals, revolution, fire, plague and invasion.

Philosophers such as John Locke and scientists such as Isaac Newton were changing the ways people thought about themselves and the world. Purcell was in the middle of all this but he remains an enigmatic figure. 

Purcell wrote in all the major forms of his day from opera to bawdy alehouse catches. Solo songs, choral anthems, instrumental works, large-scale choral and orchestral pieces for royal occasions: He left a large and varied body of music.

Music Details:

PURCELL: Welcome to all the pleasures - Taverner Consort, Taverner Choir, Taverner Players, cond. Andrew Parrott - EMI CDC 7 49635 2

PURCELL: Rejoice in the Lord always - The Academy of Ancient Music, cond. Christopher Hogwood - L’Oiseau-Lyre 444 620-9

PURCELL: Fantasia No.14 Z746 ‘In Nomine No 1’ - London Baroque - EMI CDM 7 63066

PURCELL: Prelude from Suite in D Z667 - Terence R. Charlston - Naxos 8.553982

PURCELL: Hornpipe from Suite in D Z667 - Terence R. Charlston - Naxos 8.553982

PURCELL: The Old Bachelor; Rondeau - Menuet - Bourée - March - Jig - The Academy of Ancient Music, cond. Christopher Hogwood - L’Oiseau-Lyre 444 620-9

PURCELL: Fairest Isle - The Academy of Ancient Music, cond. Christopher Hogwood - L’Oiseau-Lyre 444 620-9

PURCELL: May Her Blest example - The King’s Consort, cond. Robert King - Hyperion CDA66494

PURCELL: Funeral Music for Queen Mary - March - The Symphony of Harmony and Invention - Coro COR16024

PURCELL: See Nature Rejoicing - Taverner Consort, Taverner Choir, Taverner Players, cond. Andrew Parrott - EMI CDC 7 49635 2

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