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Compositeur: Purcell, Henry (1659-1695)

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Fichier de données
Année de naissance1659
Année du décès1695
décembre 2019
Spectacles à venirEn voir plus...

Los AngelesAcademy of Ancient Music

Clarke, Haendel, Corelli, Torelli, Purcell, Bach
Academy of Ancient Music; Rowan Pierce; David Blackadder; Bojan Čičić

HamburgLes Arts Florissants, William Christie, Paul Agnew: 40th Anniversary

© Maxim Schulz
Haendel, Purcell, Charpentier, Lully, Rameau
Les Arts Florissants; William Christie; Paul Agnew; Sandrine Piau; Lea Desandre; Christophe Dumaux

LondresLSO Chamber Orchestra

Purcell, Haendel, Rameau
LSO Chamber Orchestra; Emmanuelle Haïm; Reinoud Van Mechelen

LondresVivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight

Vivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight
Vivaldi, Purcell, Boyce, Mozart
Brandenburg Sinfonia; Andrew Earis; Richard Milone


Purcell, Traditional, Reed, Lou (1942-2013), Joy Division
Susanna; Giovanni Pessi; Ida Løvli Hidle; Sarah-Jane Summers
Critiques récentesEn voir plus...

Amours tragiques et moments magiques aux Violons du Roy

Jonathan Cohen © Marco Borggreve
Les Violons du Roy ont permis aux mélomanes de Québec de découvrir la mezzo-soprano britannique Christine Rice, qui a ébloui dans un répertoire allant de Purcell à Britten.

Genève couronne un Roi Arthur bien inégal

Grigory Shkaraupa (Aeolus), Bernarda Bobro (Vénus) © Carole Parodi
Un King Arthur musicalement porté par Leonardo Garcia Alarcon enthousiaste, galvanisant ses musiciens et un plateau de solistes de qualité. On aura néanmoins pu regretter un plateau de comédiens plus hétéroclites.

King Arthur : rois et divertissements à Versailles

Paul McCreesh © Andy Staples
Porté ici par un Gabrieli Consort en bonne forme, quoiqu’un peu contenu par la direction de Paul McCreesh, et des solistes tout à fait convaincants, King Arthur rappelle ici ses grandes qualités musicales

Miranda à l’Opéra Comique : une confrontation prenante et radicale

© Pierre Grosbois
Qu’on adhère ou non au propos de Katie Mitchell, on ne sort pas indemne de ce spectacle qui donne à entendre des pages sublimes, mais sort délibérément le spectateur de sa zone de confort.

Rentrée fracassante de l'Orchestre de Paris

Daniel Harding © Julian Hargreaves
Pour sa rentrée qui célèbre son 50ème anniversaire, l'Orchestre de Paris dirigé par Daniel Harding nous offre un programme choc tout en gravité : Musique pour les funérailles de la Reine Mary de Purcell et 6ème Symphonie de Mahler.

The nonpareil of English music

Henry Purcell enjoyed a meteoric career and a reputation that outshone that of all his contemporaries. He was brought up in the tradition of English contrapuntal choral music, becoming organist of Westminster Abbey at just twenty-two years old, but his main career was as a court composer at a time when French and Italian baroque styles were flooding into London. Uniquely, Purcell married the three traditions. He combined an impeccable ear for baroque harmony and instrumentation with a natural ability for counterpoint and a rare talent for setting words to music.

Together with his one-time teacher John Blow and the Italian immigrant Giovanni Battista Draghi, he created English baroque opera, with his Dido and Aeneas remaining the most popular of the genre. The shifting religious and court politics of his day resulted in his writing in a wide variety of styles, including everything from court odes to viol suites and keyboard music. His vocal music ranged from large scale hymns and anthems to intimate and popular songs which people would sing in the street. He could write sacred music of elegance and beauty, but was also a master of "catches", humurous part-songs with bawdy or seditious words.

To read more about Purcell's life and music, click on this biography of Purcell by the BBC's Terry Barfoot.

Key works
If you're unfamilar with Purcell's music, you have some treats in store. Listen to Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas, an extraordinary musical picture of the depths of despair, the Anthems and Services with their huge variety of vocal colour, or the wonderfully intricate instrumental fantasies (the Fantasy upon one note is particularly fine). To get you started, click here for a selection

Liste des oeuvres
AbdelazerAbdelazer, Z 570: suiteAmidst the shades, Z 355Anthem: I was glad, when they said unto meBirthday ode for Queen Mary / Come ye sons of art, away, Z323Celestial Music did the Gods Inspire, Ode for Mr Maidwell's School, Z 322Chaconne en sol mineur, Z 730Chacony in G minor, Z807Come Ye Sons of Art Away, Z 323: Bid the VirtuesDido and Aeneas (Didon et Énée)Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Dido's Lament "When I am laid in earth"Fantasies: variousFantasy no. 10 for 4 viols in E minor, Z 741Fantasy no. 4 for 4 viols in G minor, Z 735Fantasy no. 5 for 4 viols in B flat major, Z 736Fantasy no. 6 for 4 viols in F major, Z 737Fantasy no. 7 for 4 viols in C minor, Z 738Ground in C Minor, Z. D221Harmonia Sacra: An Evening Hymn on a groundHarpsichord Suite no. 2 in G minor, Z 661Harpsichord Suite no. 6 in D major, Z 667Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z 15I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams Z388If music be the food of love, Z 379Incassum, Lesbia incassum rogas, "The Queen's Epicedium", Z 383Jehovah, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Psalm 3Jubilate in D major, Z 232King Arthur Z 628: What power art thou?King Arthur, Z 628: fairest isle all isles excellingKing Arthur, Z 628: suiteLord, What is Man? Z 192Lost is my QuietMiranda after Henry PurcellMorning Hymn "Thou wakeful shepherd"Music for the funeral of Queen MaryO God, thou art my GodO Lord God of hosts, Z 37O Sing unto the Lord, Z 44O Solitude, Z 406Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary: Welcome, welcome, glorious morn, Z338Oedipus: Music for a While, Z 583 no.2Rejoice in the Lord Alway, "The Bell Anthem", Z 49Rule a Wife, and Have a Wife: There's not a swainSleep, Adam, Sleep, Z 195Sound the TrumpetSweeter than roses, Z 585Take not a woman's anger illTe Deum in D major, Z 232The Fairy QueenThe Fairy Queen Z 629: excerptsThe Fairy Queen, Z 629: Hark! The echoing airThe Fairy Queen, Z 629: suiteThe Indian Queen: I attempt from love's sickness to fly, Z 630The fatal hour, Z 421Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts, Z 58BTimon of Athens, Z 632: Curtain Tune