Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
The Fairy Queen & The Prophetess

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Alia Vox AVSA9866
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7619986398662

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Description

Artistes / Performers
Le Concert des Nations
Direction: Jordi Savall


Lieu d'enregistrement / Recording site:
Collégiale romane du Chateau de Cardona, Catalogne (Catalunya)
Date d'enregistrement:septembre 1996 
Recording date: September 1996

Durée totale / Total time: 62'53"
 


 
Édition originale/Original recording
Astrée - 8583
Réédition / Re-issued Naïve - 9934


 

 

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Évaluations recensées / Reviews located


08/1997 + 01/2010


# 440 (09-1997)


 # 20 (03/2000)


Vol. 21: 3 (01/02-98)
Vol. 33: 3 (01/02-10)


# 2 - (Hiver/Winter 1998)

 



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Review by: Victor Carr

Reviewer: Nicholas Anderson
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Reviewer: John Sunier

Par: Camille de Joyeuse

Par: Frédéric Gabriel


Henry Purcell
The Fairy Queen


Henry Purcell
The Fairy Queen


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Gramophone
(08/1997)



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Reviewer: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
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"The seven short movements from Dioclesian are nobly conceived, the "Dance of the Furies" typical of Savall's long-breathed lines and dark, bass-heavy string palette. Whether such a purposeful and imposing dramatic profile distorts the sweet airiness of Purcell's vernacular is more a matter of taste than anything. Savall is never less than colourful and there is much to be said for his admirable musical instinct, which brings moments of glorious shapeliness and elasticity in the substantial Fairy Queen suite."
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The playing from Le Concert des Nations is affectionate, though pretty rough-hewn in places."

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Reviewer: David Vickers
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"The disc has aged well, notwithstanding such occasional eccentricities. During the Dioclesian suite, Le Concert des Nations plays the Dance of the Furies with plenty of muscular verve (JFA called it "dark" and "bass-heavy", and this assessment remains spot on 13 years later), and the trumpet tunes are direct yet charismatic. Music from each of "The Fairy Queen"s five acts is judiciously organised into suites, and the instrumental playing aptly conveys soft sensuousness (eg the Rondeau from Act 1), lyrical expressiveness (the ritornello of "If Love's a Sweet Passion" from Act 3, beguilingly played by concertmaster Manfredo Kraemer), scampering playfulness (the Prelude in Act 5) and bold splendour (the Act 4 Symphony). Those who missed this disc first time around might find great pleasure in Savall's imaginative shaping of Purcell's musical moods."

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Diapason- 440
(Sept. 1997)



 

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4 Diapasons

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Analyste: Ivan A. Alexandre
Résumé ou abrégé: 

"... De la longue ouverture au  Bird's Prelude, de la Danses des fées  à la Symphonie des cygnes, un monde fantastique et nocturne s'anime en vingt-six numéros... Nocturne est d'ailleurs la lueur où Jordi Savall plonge cette mosaïque. Rêveuse fées de l'acte III, qu'on imagine  dépêchées par Marin Marais; mélancolique Bird's Prelude visité par Couperin - contrebasse, flûtes traversières et notes inégales tournent le disque entier vers la France de 1710... Un seul danger guette l'auditeur; non le décousu, au contraire: l'homogène. Les Hommes verts (acte III), sauvages enshakespearés (sic), ont la mine bien sociable, tandis qu'on a gommé tout dehors rustique aux Faneurs qui les suivent. Même retenue dans les pages éclatantes de l'Acte IV,.... Le phrasé des cordes, la chaleur des bois, le luxe des voix intermédiaires, rien ne nous manque. Non plus que dans les six fragments de Dioclesian, premier dramatick opera de Purcell avant  King Arthur et  The Fairy Queen, et dont Savall fait pertinemment son prologue"...
 

Classica- # 20
(03/2000)


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Note : 5

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Analyste: Stéphan Perreau

Texte intégral: 
"Justement, de cette musique vocale de Purcell, Savall nous donnait pour sa dernière collaboration avec Astrée deux suites de danses raffinées. Concurrent direct de Roy Goodman, il en tire ici le meilleur parti.'
 

 
 
 # 2
(Hiver/Winter 1998)


 

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Goldberg a cessé de publier avec le # 54
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# 54 was the last issue.


Reviewer: Brian Robins
Excerpt:


"Were I writing this review solely for domestic readership, my inclination would be to dismiss these performances out of hand, for by English standards this is not idiomatic Purcell." 
"I don't think this can be accounted as one of Savall's more successful disc. His Purcell is soft-grained, with tempos that are often slower than normal ant the line is almost invariably emphasized at the expense of rythm. Time and again, one is aware of how French the musics sounds, the composer's natural open English breeziness sanitised into the artificial world of fêtes galantes."

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The present disc is only recommended to those who prefer the notion of Monsieur Purcell to Mr Purcell".



Vol. 21: 3 (01/02-98)

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Reviewer:  Michael Ullman
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"What  Jordi Savall has done here, a cynic might say, is find a way of playing music from Purcell's famed semi-operas without having to deal with those pesky singers...  "... I find Jordi Savall's recording of the orchestral music from those works absolutely delightful, stylish, energetic, and tasteful. It is also exquisitely recorded: listen to the little Symphony that opens the Fourth Act Suite, and you hear well-balanced strings and brass, drumbeats that are so clear they seem to have a beginning, middle, and end, and one hears these sounds in phrases that capture all of the buoyant charm of Pucell's music without inflating those sounds for audiophile effects. The recorded sound has depth as well as presence, a realistic sounstage and full bass".

"... the music The Prophetess is less well known than all but the more obscure numbers of The Fairy Queen. It includes a dignified "Symphony for the Trumpets and Violins" and some unexpected serene music introducing the "Dance of the Furies", who are agitated if not precisely scary -- their rough edges are suggested by jaggedly played ascending and descending phrases rendered by the violins. Even readers well versed in Purcell's masterpieces will want to hear this disc."
 



Vol. 33: 3 (01/02-10)

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Reviewer:  Barry Brenesal
Excerpts:


"Fans of Savall know that his conducting reflects similar values to his viola da gamba solos: a nuanced view of phrasing, exceptional attention to the beauty and clarity of textures, and a knowledge of appropriate embellishments."

"...
I find Savall’s phrasing, along with a slightly lower pitch and predominance of darker string instruments, mines the natural melancholy of Purcell’s piece to greater advantage without danger of anachronism."

"...
Savall and Le Concert des Nations remain in the top tier of performances for me. If you haven’t heard them before in this music, by all means give them a try."
 
La musique  /  The Music

The Prophetess (1690)

1. First Musick

2. Second Musick

3. Symphony for Trumpets & violins

4. Retornella
5. Dance of the Furies: Soft music  - Dance
6. The Chair Dance
7. Retornella

The Fairy Queen (1692)

The First Act Suite 22. Dance for the Fairies (22)
8. First music: Prelude (1) 23. Dance for the Green men (23)
9. First music: Hornpipe (2) 24. Dance for the Haymakers (27)
10. Second music: Air (3) 25. Third Act Tune: hornpipe (29)
11 Second music: Rondeau (4) The Fourth Act Suite
12. Overture (5) 26. Symphony: Prelude, Canzona, Largo, Allegro, Adagio, Allegro (30)
13. First Act Tune: Jig (8) 27. Entry of Phoebus (33)
The Second Act Suite 28. Fourth Act Tune: Air (40)
14. A Prelude (9) The Fifth Act Suite
15. A "Bird's Prelude" (10) 29. Prelude (41)
16. Echo (12) 30. Entry Dance (44)
17. A Fairies Dances (13) 31. Symphony (45)
18. A Dance for the Followers of Night (18) 32. Monkey's Dance (49)
19. Second Act Tune: Air (19) 33. Chaconne, Dance for the Chinese Man and Woman (57)
The Third Act Suite 34. "Fifth Act Tune" (59)
20. Prelude "Love's a Sweet Passion" (20)  
21. Overture: symphony while the swams come forward (21)  
Autres références disponibles via la base de données de Todd McComb/ Other available references  via Todd McComb's database:
(Site: http://www.medieval.org)
Re: Astrée 9934
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