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Composer: Blow, John (1649-1708)

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Year of birth1649
Year of death1708
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodBaroque
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AmsterdamEarly Opera Company: Blow and Purcell

© Phill Poynter
Blow, Purcell
Christian Curnyn; Early Opera Company; Dame Sarah Connolly; Jonathan McGovern; Lucy Crowe; Susan Bickley
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Shakespeare at the Sam Wanamaker

Katherine Watson performs with Archangelo and director Jonathan Cohen © BBC|Chris Christodoulou
Arcangelo and three excellent singers performed 17th-century music inspired by Shakespeare in a vivid and amusing performance. Lipstick and pashmina anyone?
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Heroines of the Golden Age

Dame Emma Kirkby © Rayfield Allied
Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg delight with an intimate and varied programme on the theme “Heroines of the Golden Age” at Brighton Early Music Festival. 
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Vox Luminis perform glorious music fit for a King

Vox Luminis © Jozsef Wagner Csapo
The Belgium-based vocal ensemble presented a programme of vocal and choral delights from 17th century England with mixed results. 
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Hespèrion XXI explore war and peace in Baroque Europe

Jordi Savall © David Ignaszewski
Jordi Savall directs a multi-lingual, multi-cultural voyage through Europe's war-torn past.
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Music Fit for a King

Marco Borggreve
Until the last decade or so, becoming involved in the historically-informed performance practice (HIPP) movement – which involves performing on instruments of a composer’s historical period – was not so “hip.
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