Purcell - The Fairy Queen, London 1692-3 | Glossa GCD922702

Purcell - The Fairy Queen, London 1692-3

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD922702

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 15th September 2017

Contents

Artists

Caroline Mutel
Virginie Pochon
Hjordis Thebault
Caitlin Hulcup
Christophe Baska
Julien Picard
Anders Dahlin
Samuel Boden
Guillaume Andrieux
Kevin Greenlaw
Ronan Nedelec
Frederic Caton
Les Nouveaux Caracteres

Conductor

Sebastien d’Herin

Works

Purcell, Henry

The Fairy Queen, Z629

Artists

Caroline Mutel
Virginie Pochon
Hjordis Thebault
Caitlin Hulcup
Christophe Baska
Julien Picard
Anders Dahlin
Samuel Boden
Guillaume Andrieux
Kevin Greenlaw
Ronan Nedelec
Frederic Caton
Les Nouveaux Caracteres

Conductor

Sebastien d’Herin

About

With 'The Fairy Queen', Sébastien d’Hérin and Les Nouveaux Caractères set down on record their musical vision of one of Henry Purcell’s most compelling dramatic works. The 1692/1693 work dates from around half a century before two other Baroque scores which Les Nouveaux Caractères has tackled recently and received significant critical approval: Leclair’s 'Scylla et Glaucus' and Rameau’s 'Les Surprises de l’Amour' (the latter, like 'The Fairy Queen', appearing on Glossa).

Being a semi-opera, the music of 'The Fairy Queen' doesn’t need to follow a narrative methodically from start to finish and, indeed, what we get is essentially a series of self-contained masques. Purcell channels the spirit of William Shakespeare’s' A Midsummer Night’s Dream' rather than using the text of that comedy; many characters appear across the work but yet Purcell’s music is of great coherence.

Not unlike Purcell himself, Sébastien d’Hérin has opted not to use a formal chorus but to have a long-established team of musical partners singing the choral parts as well as the solo roles. Among the modern-day singers are Anders Dahlin, Samuel Boden, Caitlin Hulcup (who sings “An Epithalamium”), Virginie Pochon, Guillaume Andrieux, Hjördis Thébault and Caroline Mutel (to whom is entrusted “The Plaint”). Alongside the typical instruments of the string, wind and continuo departments of d’Hérin’s orchestra are to be found a serpent, a cornett and a regal.

In the booklet essay, the conductor himself explains how this new production of 'The Fairy Queen' has taken shape over a period of ten years.

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