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Compositeur: Purcell, Henry (1659-1695)

février 2019
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LondresVivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight

Vivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight
Mozart, Pachelbel, Purcell, Vivaldi
Brandenburg Sinfonia; Benjamin Giddens

ManchesterMake a Joyful Noise

Make a Joyful Noise
Purcell, Poulenc, Haendel
Jonathan Lo; Manchester Chamber Choir; Chetham's Chamber Orchestra; Stephen Threlfall; George Herbert

LondresEnglish Chamber Orchestra with Ben Goldscheider, Ben Johnson and Jessica Cottis at Cadogan Hall, London

© Kaupo Kikkas
Ravel, Britten, Purcell, Stravinsky
English Chamber Orchestra; Jessica Cottis; Ben Goldscheider; Ben Johnson

Saffron WaldenIestyn Davies & Fretwork

© Chris Sorensen
Nyman, Purcell
Iestyn Davies; Fretwork

ZürichMaurice Steger

© Molina Visuals
Haendel, Avison, Dubourg, Sammartini, Purcell, Geminiani
Zürcher Kammerorchester; Maurice Steger
Critiques récentesEn voir plus...

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.

In War and Peace : un projet intense à l'harmonie fragile

Joyce DiDonato © Simon Pauly
Programme puis projet de plus grande envergure conçu par Joyce DiDonato après les attentats de novembre 2015 à Paris, ce récital repris cette saison dans "Les Grandes Voix" aux côtés de l'orchestre Il Pomo d'Oro dirigé par Maxim Emelyanychev résonne de façon significative avec l'actualité et propose de repenser la question de la paix autant que celle de l'expérience du concert.
Biographie

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