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Compositeur: Purcell, Henry (1659-1695)

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Année de naissance1659
Année du décès1695
NationalitéRoyaume-uni
ÉpoqueBaroque
décembre 2018
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Soirée
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Spectacles à venirEn voir plus...

LondresBaroque Christmas Concert

Baroque Christmas Concert
Anonymous, Purcell, Bach, Haendel, Buxtehude, Corelli, Monteverdi
Baroque Encounter; Lucy Thomas; Glenn Kesby; Lauren Brant

RigaSergejs Jegers Ave Maria

Purcell, Franck, Haendel, Vavilov, Saint-Saëns
Sergejs Jēgers; Dita Krenberga; Diāna Jaunzeme-Portnaja

LondresNora Fischer and Mike Fentross

Nora Fischer and Mike Fentross
Purcell, Peri, Strozzi, Monteverdi, Landi
Nora Fischer; Mike Fentross

LondresConcert-drama Ceruleo

Concert-drama Ceruleo
Unknown, Purcell
Thomas Guthrie; Emily Owen; Jenni Harper; Satoko Doi-Luck

LondresDipper Malkin with Nick Hennessy storyteller

Dipper Malkin with Nick Hennessy storyteller
Unknown, Purcell
John Dipper; Unknown
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

Liste des oeuvres
Abdelazer, Z 570: suiteChaconne en sol mineur, Z 730Chacony in G minor, Z807Dido and AeneasDido and Aeneas (Didon et Énée)Dido and Aeneas 1700Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Dido's Lament "When I am laid in earth"Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: SuiteDioclesian: SuiteFantasies: variousFantasy upon One Note for 5 viols in F major, Z 745God save our sov'reign Charles, Z250Hail, Bright Cecilia, Z.328Harpsichord Suite no. 6 in D major, Z 667How blest are shepherdsIf music be the food of love, Z 379In Nomine for 6 viols in G minor, Z 746In Nomine for 7 viols "Dorian" in G minor, Z 747 KIng Arthur, Z 628: The Cold Genius SongKing ArthurKing Arthur, Z 628: fairest isle all isles excellingKing Arthur, Z 628: selectionsKing Arthur, Z 628: suiteKing Arthur, Z628: Shepherd, leave decoyingMusic for the funeral of Queen MaryMy dearest, my fairestOedipus: Music for a While, Z 583 no.2Orpheus Britannicus, collection of songsSonata in A minor, Z804Sound the TrumpetSweeter than roses, Z 585Swifter, Isis, swifter flow (Welcome Song for King Charles II), Z336The Fairy QueenThe Fairy Queen Z 629: excerptsThe Fairy Queen, Z 629: Ye gentle spirits of the airThe Fairy Queen, Z 629: suiteThe Indian QueenThe Indian Queen, Z 630: They tell us that you mighty pow'rs aboveThe Lord is my light, Z55The summer's absence unconcerned we bear (Welcome Song for King Charles II), Z337Theodosius, or The Force of Love Z606: Prepare, the rites beginVoluntary in D minor for Double Organ Z 719Welcome to all the Pleasures, Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1683), Z 339