Purcell - King Arthur | Signum SIGCD589

Purcell - King Arthur

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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD589

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 25th October 2019

Contents

Artists

Anna Dennis (soprano)
Mhairi Lawson (soprano)
Rowan Pierce (soprano)
Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Jeremy Budd (tenor)
James Way (tenor)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)
Gabrieli Consort & Players

Conductor

Paul McCreesh

Works

Purcell, Henry

King Arthur (The British Worthy), Z628

Artists

Anna Dennis (soprano)
Mhairi Lawson (soprano)
Rowan Pierce (soprano)
Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Jeremy Budd (tenor)
James Way (tenor)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)
Gabrieli Consort & Players

Conductor

Paul McCreesh

About

The great patriotic opera of the 17th century, recorded here in a lively new performing edition after two decades in the Gabrielisí touring repertoire. Notoriously difficult to present on disc or in concert, this version presented by Gabrieli was created to allow an obvious musical narrative, despite Purcellís music often being completely dislocated from much of the original theatre context.

The Gabrielis have been performing the music from King Arthur for nearly a quarter of a century, evolving their interpretation over time. With the score having to be pieced together using separate versions (due to Purcellís originals being lost), and with Gabrielisí evolved interpretation of the music, the end product of this recording is truly unique.
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