Purcell: Symphony While The Swans Come Forward

La Sfera Armoniosa

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

La Sfera Armoniosa, founded in 1992, is a Dutch Baroque ensemble and orchestra specialized in the performance of music from the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Artistic director and conductor is Mike Fentross. Mike Fentross: I was really moved when I heard my orchestra play the opening bars of the Purcell. I heard a sound that was quite different to what I knew from other present-day baroque orchestras. Was this sound closer to that of Purcell’s own orchestra, a sound that he may have had in mind when composing this wondrous music? In the very first chat I had about this project with Lidewij van der Voort, our new concertmaster, we talked about the modern adaptations that are often (and understandably) applied to baroque instruments nowadays, and about the possibility of going back to authentic strings (completely bare gut) and a 17th century bow hold (the French grip) for this Purcell project. As it happens, I’d had a similar conversation not long before that with Lidewei de Sterck, our principal oboist, about authentic reeds (scraped from the inside) and with Graham Nicholson, about 17th century trumpets (natural trumpets with no finger holes). These aspects, seemingly just details, have a major impact not just on the sound but also the way of playing and therefore on the way we interpret the music. We all felt the need to record this CD with these ‘experimental’ instruments. An orchestral sound with so much transparency and colour, a way of playing with such narrative power! I’m full of admiration for the musicians who played so beautifully and who were prepared to take up the challenge of moving away from a well-trodden path. 

Tracklist

1.
The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - Symphony for trumpets and violinsny for tru
02:00
2.
The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - First music
02:20
3.
The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - What shall I do to show her how much I lov
03:53
4.
The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - Butterfly dance
02:18
5.
The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - Dance of Furies
03:00
6.
The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - Since from my dear
04:29
7.
The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - Tune for trumpets
00:56
8.
The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - Canaries
01:13
9.
The Indian Queen, Z.630 - Air
01:34
10.
The Indian Queen, Z.630 - I attempt from love?s sickness
01:51
11.
The Indian Queen, Z.630 - Hornpipe
00:48
12.
King Arthur, Z.628 - Overture
01:57
13.
King Arthur, Z.628 - First act tune
00:36
14.
King Arthur, Z.628 - Hornpipe
00:37
15.
King Arthur, Z.628 - Fairest Isle
05:21
16.
King Arthur, Z.628 - Trumpet tune
00:51
17.
King Arthur, Z.628 - St. George, the patron of our Isle
02:05
18.
King Arthur, Z.628 - Chaconne
03:05
19.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Preludio
01:32
20.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Hornpipe
00:50
21.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Air
01:39
22.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Rondeau
01:32
23.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Symphony while the swans come forward
02:22
24.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - If love's a sweet passion
05:23
25.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Symphony - Prelude, Canzona, Largo, Allegro, Adagio, Allegro
06:53
26.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Ye gentle spirits of the air
05:58
27.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Dance for the followers Night
02:15
28.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - See even night herself is here
04:28
29.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Air
01:19
30.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Hark! The echoing Air
02:29
31.
The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Grand Dance
03:10

Total time: 01:18:44

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CC72783

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Original Recording Format

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64

Release Date June 1, 2018

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NRC Handelsblad

“The fact that this is a concert recording contributes to the vital character of the performance. Not the technical – but often clinical – perfection leads the dance, but the emotions that the composer wanted to evoke with sounds. Purcell seems to have been brought back to life by La Sfera Armoniosa .”

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