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Recent Recordings

Purcell. Arise, my muse. Wigmore Hall Live (1 CD, February 2014). Iestyn Davies, countertenor. Richard Egarr & friends. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell. Music for a While - Improvisations on Purcell. Erato 0825646337507 (1 CD, March 2014). Details. Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata. Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor; Raquel Andueza, soprano; Vincenzo Capezzuto, countertenor; Dominique Visse, countertenor. Standard Edition. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Deluxe edition with DVD. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell. Serenading Songs & Grounds. Ars 38525 (1 CD, February 2014). Jean Tubéry, Ensemble La Fenice. Céline Scheen, soprano; Hana Blažíková, soprano; Paulin Bündgen, countertenor; Jan Van Elsacker, tenor; Stefan MacLeod, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell. King Arthur. Ligia (2 CDs, December 2013). Frédérique Chauvet, Barokopera Amsterdam. Wendy Roobol, soprano; Mijke Sekhuis, soprano; Guther Vandeven, countertenor; Hattijs Hoogendijk, tenor; Pieter Hendriks, baritone. UK | FR | DE
Purcell. Fantazias & In Nomines. agOgique AGO 007 (1 CD, September 2012). Bruno Cocset, alto & tenor violins; Sophie Gent & Stéphanie Paulet, violins; Emmanuel Jacques, tenor violin; Mathurin Matharel, tenor & bass violins; Steinunn Stefansdottir, bass violin; Richard Myron, double bass; Betrand Cuiller, harpsichord. Les Basses Réunies. While these works usually are performed on instruments of the viol family, Cocset performs them here on 17th Century consort violins, which borrow from both the viol and violin families. Some pieces are accompanied by a gut-strung harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell, Johnson, Pepusch, Locke, Ravenscroft & Traditional. Love's Madness. Carus 83.371 (1 CD, March 2012). Dorothee Mields, soprano. Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compangney Berlin. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell. Abdelazer - Suites by Henry Purcell after the tragedy by Aphra Behn. Coviello (2 CDs (English & German versions), February 2012). Linard Bardill, Orchester le Phénix. John Holloway, narrator. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell. The Fairy Queen. Brilliant Classics 94221 (2 CDs, March 2012). Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina, New English Voices. Carolyn Sampson, soprano; Andrew Carwood, tenor; Michael Bundy, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell. Music for a While - Solo Songs. Quintone (1 CD, February 2012). Maarten Koningsberger, baritone; Fred Jacobs, theorbo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell. Harmonia Sacra. Aparté (1 CD, February 2012). Video. Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques. Rosemary Joshua, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell. A Shakespeare Fantasy. Ligia Digital (1 CD, September 2011). Details. Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu. Marina Venant, soprano; Christophe Baska, countertenor; Marie-Liesse Barau, contralto. Airs, duos & symphonies from The Fairy Queen, The Tempest & Timon of Athens. UK | FR | DE
Draghi, Purcell, Matteis, Croft, Weldon, Handel, Pepusch, Haym. Musical London c.1700. Chandos CHAN 0776 (1 CD, January 2011). Philippa Hyde, soprano. Peter Holman, The Parley of Instruments. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Dowland & Purcell. Orpheus in England. BIS CD-1725 (1 CD, December 2010). Details. Emma Kirkby, soprano; Jakob Lindberg, lute. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
John Blow & Henry Purcell. Odes & Songs. Mirare (1 CD, September 2010). Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort. Carlos Mena & Damien Guillon, countertenors. Blow's Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell and songs by Purcell. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell. O Solitude. Decca 000289 478 2262 2 (1 CD, November 2010). Details. Andreas Scholl, countertenor. Accademia Bizantina. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell. Love Songs. Carus 83.435 (1 CD, March 2010). Dorothee Mields, soprano. Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney. US |UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
William Shore, Henry & Daniel Purcell, Charles Dieupart, William Topham, James Paisible, Jeremiah Clarke, Corelli. Purcell's Trumpets from Shore to Shore. Arion ARN 68804 (1 CD, October 2009). Notes by James Miller. Marie-Paule Nounou, Ensemble Arion. Jean-François Madeuf & Joel Lahens, trumpets. A superb concert and recording. UK | FR | DE
Homage à Sainte Cécile: Purcell, Hail Bright Cecilia. Handel, Ode for Saint Cecilia's Day. Haydn, Missa Cellensis. Naïve V5183 (2 CDs, October 2009). Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre. Lucy Crowe, soprano; Richard Croft, tenor; David Bates, countertenor; Anders Dahlin, tenor; Neil Baker, baritone; Luca Tittoto, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell, Simpson, Corbetta. The Food of Love. Naïve Ambroisie (1 CD, September 2009). Paul Agnew, tenor; Anne-Marie Lasla, viol; Elizabeth Kenny, theorbo; Blandine Rannou, harpsichord & organ. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Henry Purcell. Fantaisies a 4.  Winter & Winter (1 CD, August 2008). Vittorio Ghielmi, Il Suonar Parlante. FR | DE
Henry Purcell. Keyboard Music - Grounds and Suites. Harmonia Mundi (1 CD, September 2008). Richard Egarr, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Henry Purcell. Cease, Anxious World - Songs and Chamber Music. Mirare MIR 033 (1 CD, April 2008). Benjamin Perrot, theorbo & director, Ensemble La Rêveuse. Julie Hassler, soprano; Stéphan Dudermel, violon; Florence Bolton, treble & bass viol; Angélique Mauillon, harp; Bertrand Cuiller, harpsichord & organ. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Henry Purcell. Theatre Music - 1. Naxos 8.570149 (1 CD, March 2008). Kevin Mallon, Aradia Ensemble. Amphitryon or the Two Sosias Z. 572, Sir Barnaby Whigg Z. 589, The Gordian Knot Unty'd Z. 597, Circe Z. 575. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Henry Purcell. Complete Chamber Music. Brilliant Classics 93647 (7 CDs, April 2008). Pieter-Jan Belder, Musica Amphion. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach, J. Ludwig Bach, Henry Purcell. Motetten & Kantaten. dhm 82876 58792 2 (1 CD, October 2007). Thomas Hengelbrock, Balthasar Neumann Chor & Ensemble. UK | FR | DE | JP
Purcell. Victorious Love - Songs. BIS SACD 1536 (1 CD, October 2007). Details. Carolyn Sampson, soprano. Laurence Cummings, harpsichord; Elizabeth Kenny, lute; Anne-Marie Lasla, bass viol. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Henry Purcell, John Blow, Pelham Humfrey & William Croft. Divine Hymns. EMI Classics 7492980 (1 CD, September 2007). William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Purcell, Locke, Humphrey, Hart, et al. The Theater of Musick. Music for the London stage. K617194 (1 CD, February 2007). Details. Benjamin Perrot, theorbo & direction. La Rêveuse. Julie Hassler, soprano. DE | FR
Purcell, Blow, Lawes, Tallis, Turner, Child. Music for the Coronation of James II, 1685. Signum SIGCD 094 (1 CD, February 2007). Andrew Gant, Choir of the Chapel Royal. James Bowman, countertenor; Andrew Tortise, tenor. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Calliope - Beautiful Voice, Volume the First. English Songbooks of the 1700s. Avie 2102 (2 CDs, June 2006). Details. Emma Curtis, contralto & The Frolick. Includes songs by Henry Purcell, Henry Carey, Handel, Lampe, Greene, & many others. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Henry Purcell. Fantazias. Mirare MIR 012 (1 CD, October 2006). Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort. UK | DE | FR | JP
Henry Purcell. The Fairy Queen (excerpts). Deux-Elles DXL 1120 (1 CD, September 2006). Christopher Monks, Armonico Consort, Orchestra of the Baroque. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Henry Purcell. Music for Queen Mary. EMI 3444382 (1 CD, March 2006). Stephen Cleobury, Choir of King's College Cambridge, Academy of Ancient Music. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Henry Purcell. Reissue of Trevor Pinnock's recordings of King Arthur, Dido & Aeneas, Dioclesian & Timon of Athens. DG-Archiv 4746722 (5 CDs 2003). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Henry Purcell. King Arthur. Glossa GCD 921608 (1 CD, July 2004). CD booklet (pdf). Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. Véronique Gens, soprano; Hanna Bayodi, soprano; Béatrice Jarrige, alto; Cyril Auvity, haute-contre; Joseph Cornwell, tenor; Peter Harvey, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Henry Purcell. The Fairy Queen. Arts 47679-2 (2 CDs 2003). Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina, New English Voices. Gillian Keith, Rebecca Outram, Carolyn Sampson, sopranos; William Towers, coutertenor; Andrew Carwood, Robert Murray, tenors; Michael Bundy, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Henry Purcell. Dido & Aeneas. Virgin Veritas 545 605-2 (1 CD 2003) & 545 604-2 (1 CCCD)? Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée. Dido: Susan Graham; Aeneas: Ian Bostridge; Belinda: Camilla Tilling; Sorceress: Felicity Palmer; Spirit, a false messenger: David Daniels; Second Woman: Cécile de Boever; A Sailor: Paul Agnew.
5456052 (Apparently real CD) US | UK | DE | FR | CA
5456042 (Apparently CCCD) UK | DE | FR

Recommended Recordings

Henry Purcell. The Complete Odes and Welcome Songs. Hyperion CDS 440318 (8 CDs). Robert King. The King's Consort. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Henry Purcell. The Complete Sacred Works. Hyperion CDS 4414151 (11 CDs). Robert King. The King's Consort. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Henry Purcell. The Fairy Queen. EMI 7243 5 55234 2 6 (2 CDs 1994). Roger Norrington, London Classical Players. Catherine Pierard, Lorraine Hunt, Susan Bickley, Howard Crook, Mark Padmore, Richard Wistreich, David Wilson-Johnson. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on Virgin VMD 5619552 (2002). US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Henry Purcell. King Arthur. Erato 4509-98535-2 (2 CDs 1995). William Christie, Les Arts Florissants. Véronique Gens, Claron McFadden, Sandrine Piau, Mhairi Lawson, Susannah Waters, Petteri Salomaa, Mark Padmore, Iain Paton, François Bazola, Jonathan Best. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Henry Purcell. Dido & Aeneas / Pavanne in g, Z. 752. Sony SK 62993 (1 CD) (Reissue of BBC MM129, 1994). Andrew Parrott, The Taverner Consort. Dido: Emily van Evera, Belinda: Janet Lax, Sorceress: Haden Andrews, Second Woman: Hanne Mari Orbaek, Aeneas: Ben Parry, Kate Eckersley, Lucie Skeaping, Sara Stowe, Douglas Wootton. Parrott's 1981 recording on Chandos with Emma Kirkby as Dido is a classic and well worth having for Emma's performance alone, but great strides in early music performance and Purcell scholarship are reflected in Parrott's second recording. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Henry Purcell. Dido & Aeneas. L'Oiseau-Lyre 436 992-2 (1 CD 1994). Christopher Hogwood. The Academy of Ancient Music. Dido: Catherine Bott, Belinda: Emma Kirkby, Aeneas: John Mark Ainsley, Sorceress: David Thomas, Spirit: Michael Chance, Second Woman: Julianne Baird, Elisabeth Priday, Sara Stowe, Daniel Lochmann. A worthy alternative to Parrott II. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on Decca 4757195 (January 2006). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Henry Purcell. The Indian Queen. L'Oiseau-Lyre 444 339-2 (1 CD 1995). Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music. Emma Kirkby, Catherine Bott, John Mark Ainsley, David Thomas, Gerald Finley, Tommy Williams, Julian Podger, Libby Crabtree, Helen Parker. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on Decca 475 052-2 (The British Music Collection 2003). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Henry Purcell. Dioclesian & Timon of Athens. Chandos CHAN 0569/70 (2 CDs 1995). Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90. Catherine Pierard, James Bowman, John Mark Ainsley, Michael George. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Henry Purcell, John Blow, Thomas Tollet, James Paisible & Thomas Morley. Music for Queen Mary: A celebration of the life and death of Queen Mary. Sony (Arc of Light) SK 66243 (1 CD 1995). Martin Neary, Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb, Michael Chance, Ian Bostridge, Stephen Richardson, Simon Birchall, New London Consort, Westminster Abbey Choir. Complete music for Queen Mary's funeral. For the first time since 1695, the funeral march is performed with military drums. US | UK | DE | FR
Henry Purcell. The Gresham Autograph. ASV Gaudeamus GAU 194 (1 CD, 1999). Gary Cooper, New Chamber Opera Ensemble. Libby Crabtree, Rachel Elliott, Deborah York. Songs from Purcell's great works of 1692-93 for solo soprano, some rearranged, plus keyboard pieces played on an historic chamber organ and spinet. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Henry Purcell, Giovanni Battista Draghi, Orlando Gibbons. The Purcell Manuscript. Virgin VC 5451662 (1 CD) (1995). Davitt Moroney, harpsichord, virginals, organ. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Recommended Books

Bruce Wood & Andrew Pinnock. The Operas of Henry Purcell. Details. Cambridge University Press 2009. ISBN: 052145171X.
Michael Burden (ed.) Henry Purcell's Operas: The Complete Texts. Hardcover. 528 pages. Provides complete, annotated texts of the plays: King Arthur, The Prophetess or the History of Dioclesian, The Fairy-Queen, The Indian Queen, Dido & Aeneas, and The Loves of Dido & Aeneas in Measure for Measure, plus Purcell's song texts. Contributions by Andrew Pinnock, Irena Cholij, Julia Muller, H. Neville Davies, Roger Savage, Julia Wood & Timothy Morris. Oxford University Press 2000. Highly recommended! US | UK | CA
Franklin B. Zimmerman. Henry Purcell 1659-1695: An Analytical Catalogue of His Music. Hardcover. 575 pages. Macmillan and St. Martin's Press, 1963. Essential guide to Purcell's music, with incipits, sources and commentary. UK
Robert Shay & Robert Thompson. Purcell Manuscripts: The Principal Sources. Review by Rebecca Herissone. Hardcover. 376 pages, 86 tables, 32 music examples. Beginning to page 19 online (pdf). Cambridge University Press 2000. US | UK | CA
Michael Burden (ed.) Performing the Music of Henry Purcell. Hardcover. 302 pages, 28 b/w plates. Contributions by 17 leading Purcell scholars. Oxford University Press 1996. Highly recommended! US | UK
Michael Burden (ed.) The Purcell Companion. 514 pages. Contributions by 11 leading Purcell scholars. Faber & Faber and Amadeus Press 1994. Essential reference. US | UK
Peter Holman. Purcell. Softcover. 250 pages. Oxford University Press 1994. US | UK | CA
Robert King. Henry Purcell. Hardcover. 256 pages. 113 illustrations, 13 in color. Thames & Hudson 1994. US | UK

Music

Henry Purcell Complete Works. Novello & Co.
Henry Purcell. Twenty Keyboard Pieces and one by Orlando Gibbons. Davitt Moroney (ed.) 48 pages including 5 facsimile pages. ABRSM. First publication of the Purcell Manuscript discovered in 1993.

Related Composers

John Blow (1649-1708). An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell. Virgin 7243 5 45342 2 5 (1 CD 2000). Gérard Lesne & Steve Dugardin, countertenors. La Canzona. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Giovanni Battista Draghi (c.1640-1708) & John Blow. Odes to Saint Cecilia. Hyperion CDA 66770 (1 CD 1995). Details. Peter Holman & Richard Wistreich, The Parley of Instruments & The Playford Consort. Suzie Le Blanc, soprano; Michael Chance, countertenor; Joseph Cornwell, tenor; Richard Wistreich, bass (Draghi); Jozic Koc, bass (Blow). An essential recording for Draghi's 1687 ode, the only major work composed in England during Purcell's life that is comparable in quality to Purcell's finest compositions. It clearly influenced Purcell's subsequent work. Holman writes in the sleeve notes "Purcell and Blow used Draghi's five-part string-writing in the court odes they wrote in 1689-90, and began to introduce trumpets into their orchestra at the same time. Similarly, Draghi's astonishing setting of 'What passion cannot Musick raise and quell!' left its mark on pieces such as 'Tis Nature's voice' in Hail, bright Cecilia, just as his grand Italianate choruses inspired Purcell to abandon the light dance-like choral-writing of his earlier odes." US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on Helios CDH 55257 (2007). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

John Blow (1649-1708). Venus & Adonis. L'Oiseau-Lyre 440 220-2 (1 CD 1994). Philip Pickett, New London Consort, Choristers of Westminster Abbey Choir. Venus: Catherine Bott, soprano; Adonis: Michael George, bass; Libby Crabtree, soprano. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued in the Decca British Music Collection (2003). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued in 2008 on L'Oiseau-Lyre 478 001-9. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Jeremiah Clarke, Henry Hall, John Blow, Thomas Morgan & Godfrey Finger. Odes on the Death of Henry Purcell. Hyperion CDA 66578 (1 CD 1992). Details. Roy Goodman & Peter Holman, The Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra & Choir. Ruth Holton, soprano; Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor; Charles Daniels, tenor; Simon Birchall, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

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