Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Before The 'glorious' Revolution

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012011050920120220Donald Macleod introduces Purcell's earliest pieces for the stage.

Donald Macleod explores Purcell's earliest contributions to the theatre, from a smattering of songs for plays in the 1680s, to his only 'all-sung' work for the stage which has eclipsed all his other theatre music - Dido and Aeneas. Privately performed before the composer had established himself in the professional theatre, it is now the only piece with a secure place in the modern repertoire.

King Arthur: Chaconne

The English concert/ Trevor Pinnock (director)

Archiv 4354902 CD 1 tr 1

Songs from Theodosius or The Force of Love

The Academy of Ancient Music/ Christopher Hogwood (cond)

Decca 4755292 cd 4 tr 17-22

Songs from A Fool's Preferment

Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor)/ The Academy of Ancient Music/ Christopher Hogwood (cond)

Decca 4755292 cd 5 tr 14-17

Dido and Aeneas (Extract: Act 3)

Sarah Connolly (Dido); Gerald Finley (Aeneas)/ Lucy Crowe (Belinda)/ Patricia Bardon (Sorceress)/ OAE/ Steven Devine (cond)

Chandos CHAN0757 tr 24-31.