Henry Purcell: A Retrospective

The English Concert, Harry Bicket, Rosemary Joshua, Sarah Connolly

  • Total Time: 74 minutes
  • Cat. Number: WHLIVE0087

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  • The English Concert
  • Harry Bicket director, harpsichord
  • Rosemary Joshua soprano
  • Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano

Renowned period ensemble The English Concert and Harry Bicket are joined by two singers at the height of their powers – bright voiced soprano Rosemary Joshua and the graceful mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly – as they delve into the musical world in which Henry Purcell was immersed.

Through the course of this concert, recorded live at Wigmore Hall, we explore the music of seventeenth century England; from the irresistible Suite from The Tempest by Matthew Locke to John Blow’s spritely Chaconne in G, crowned by beautifully crafted and luminous songs by Purcell himself.

Track Listing

Matthew Locke (c.1621-1677)

The Tempest

Henry Purcell (c.1659-1695)

Dioclesian Z627

Matthew Locke

The Tempest

Henry Purcell

Incidental music for Oedipus, King of Thebes Z583

John Blow (1648-1708)

Henry Purcell

Christopher Gibbons (1615-1676)

Fantasy Suite in D minor

Henry Purcell

The Fairy Queen Z629
The Female Virtuosos Z596
The Fairy Queen Z629