Henry Purcell (1659-1695), We'll Try A Thousand Charming Ways To Win Ye

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042011051220120223Donald Macleod on Purcell's music for an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Donald Macleod explores Purcell's music for a spectacular 1692 adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Fairy Queen. Later that year the London stage faced disasters involving its principal performers - the worst being the murder of the actor William Mountfort, by an army officer, over the star actress Anne Bracegirdle. This was a bad omen for the United Company, which thanks to financial mismanagement was on the brink of collapse.

Music for a while

James Bowman (tenor)/ The Academy of Ancient Music/ Christopher Hogwood (cond)

Decca 4755292 CD5 tr 8

Hang this whining way of wooing

No, no, poor suff'ring heart

Emma Kirkby (soprano)/ The Academy of Ancient Music/ Christopher Hogwood (cond)

Decca 4755292 CD5 tr 24 and 26

The Fairy Queen: Sonata while the sun rises

The Parley of Instruments/ Roy Goodman (cond)

Hyperion CDS443813 CD 3 tr 28-31

The Fairy Queen (Extract from Act II)

Jeffrey Thomas/ Caroline Stam/ Anne Grimm (Night)/ Nadia Ragni (Mystery)/ Geraint Roberts (secrecy)/ Donald Bentvelsen (Sleep)/ The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir/ Ton Koopman (cond)

Erato 4509-98506-2

No, no, no resistance is but vain

Emma Kirkby (soprano)/ Evelyn Tubb (soprano)/ The Consort of Musicke directed by Anthony Rooley

Musica Oscura 070977 tr 1.

Decca 4755292 CD5 tr 24 & 26