Paul Taylor (19), Christopher Wood, Dennis Nesbitt, Purcell – Orpheus Britannicus. Label: Pye Golden Guinea Records – GSGC 14124. Composed By – Henry Purcell. Harpsichord – Christopher Wood. Tenor Vocals – Paul Taylor (19). Viola da Gamba – Dennis Nesbitt.
Orpheus Britannicus is a collection of songs by Henry Purcell, published posthumously in London in two volumes, the first in 1698 and the second in 1702. In the preface to the first volume, Henry Playford, the printer of the volume and the son of the famous John Playford, extolls Purcell's skill as setter of English texts. The portrait on the frontispiece was based on John Closterman's portrait of Purcell, currently in the National Portrait Gallery.
Engraved portrait of Purcell by R. White after Closterman, from Orpheus Britannicus. Purcell was born in St Ann's Lane, Old Pye Street, Westminster – the area of London later known as Devil's Acre – in 1659. The composition of Dido and Aeneas gave Purcell his first chance to write a sustained musical.
Songs from Orpheus Britannicus (soprano: Agnès Mellon, clavecin: Christophe Rousset, basse de viole: Wieland Kuijken).
Dennis Christopher, Actor: Breaking Away. Dennis Christopher was born on December 2, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Dennis Carrelli. He is an actor, known for Breaking Away (1979), Django Unchained (2012) and Fade to Black (1980). 1995 Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare (TV Movie) Pruitt Taylor Beauchamp. 1995 The Watcher (TV Series) Sascha.
Christopher Hogwood, organ and harpsichord Laurence Dreyfus, cello and viola da gamba Paul O'Dette, archlute. The Academy of Ancient Music (Period Instruments) Christopher Hogwood. Recorded at St. John's, Smith Square, London. McNair's pleasant, unaffected voice is perfectly suited to Purcell's pristine lines, and her rhythmic articulations and ornaments are immaculate. Especially noteworthy are her accuracy and sensitivity in bringing off poignant cross relations, a striking feature in many of Purcell's laments. But all the songs benefit from her pure tone and tasteful phrasing.
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PURCELL, Henry (1659-1695). A Collection of all the Choicest Songs for One, Two, and Three Voices. London: for Henry Playford, 1698-1702.
Henry Purcell: Orpheus Britannicus (Ayres & Songs).