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28/08/2012

Anthony Lewis conducts... Purcell. Come Ye Sons of Art - The Tempest - Trumpet Sonata, etc - L'Oiseau-Lyre 1953/1958

Henry Purcell:  "Come Ye Sons of Art" - Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary II  (1694)               FLAC  Mega Download
Margaret Ritchie, Soprano ~ Alfred Deller, Counter-tenor ~ John Whitworth, Counter-tenor ~ Bruce Boyce, Baritone
Ruggero Gerlin, harpsichord  ~ The St.Anthony Singers  &  L'Ensemble Orchestral de L'Oiseau-Lyre  conducted by  Anthony Lewis
L'Oiseau-Lyre  OL 50166   1958 matrix: TT 455 -1L     Recorded: Paris, 1953.  (1954 10" LP: DL 53004)

Henry Purcell:  "The Tempest"
'Arise ye subterranean winds'   ~  'Aeolus, you must appear'   (Hervey Alan, Bass)   
'Your awful voice I hear'  ~  'See, see, the Heavens smile'   (William Herbert, Tenor)
"The Tempest":  'Halcyon days'   /  "Diocletian": 'What shall I do'   (Jennifer Vyvyan, Soprano)     
Sonata in D for Trumpet & Strings   (Dennis Egan, trumpet)  
"The Virtuous Wife":  (March ~ Minuet I ~ Minuet II)   /  Chacony in G minor      
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Philomusica of London  conducted by  Anthony Lewis  
L'Oiseau-Lyre  SOL 60002   Original 1958  STEREO LP   Matrices: ZTT 481 -1K / ZTT 482 -2K   Recorded: 1958.      Not on CD      Sleeve-notes >>>




6 comments:

  1. lot of thanks, dear Tin Ear, for this Purcellian Dellerian rarity! till now i owned just the countertenor duo and Deller's solo from this legendary masterpiece on Deller Decca CD issued in Grandi Voci series.

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  2. Hello there...
    I noticed there was an mp3 available from Amazon (+ the Decca excerpt) - but suspect the former would be from a poorly-transferred LP...which this isn't !!!

    Have another Oiseau-Lyre / Deller - on the OLS ('stereo') series: Bach Magnificat / Buxtehude Jubilate/In dulci Jubilo- though doubt it sounds 'acceptable'.

    Don't miss the Hervey Alan / William Herbert stereo files - they really are excellently sung; 'demonstration' sound too..(may upload WAV's)

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  3. Please, please, please - can you do the Lully? I loved this performance and would really appreciate it. Thank you!

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    1. For some reason that transfer is *very* dull:
      I will re-compare it to the later OLS 'stereo' transfer. Had considered 'mating it' with a re-upload of the O-L De Lalande (unavailable for some months)...at least until I heard it.

      The only Lully I seem to like is the old Malgoire 'Alceste' . Have a bit more: but, mostly, 'too static' for my tastes..

      I might, though, upload the de Froment/Lamoureux: Rameau Opera/Ballet suites (SOL 60023 - original 1961 LP)..

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  4. thank you, dear Tin Ear, once more.
    i also cherish Halcyon Days, though know from the nowadays musical scholars, that Purcell had lost The Tempest unfinished. halcyon days is now considered as written not by Henry Purcell but rather by his brother Daniel much inspired by Corelli instrumental sonatas.
    anyway, this small masterpiece is worth not only listening, and Vyvyan is here at her best.

    don't hesitate with ripping, processing, editing and uploading Bach Magnificat and Buxtehude motets with early Deller singing.
    it was the time of glory of the British vocal art, to say nothing about the sonics of some early stereo Oiseau-Lyre releases.
    listen once more to Esurientes to be persuaded at last...

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    1. The Purcell 'Sons' had the virtue of being an excellent performance, but I doubt you would derive much pleasure from the 1955 Bach/Buxtehude - and am highly dubious about spending time on what I consider 'inferior' - performance/sound-wise.

      These old Oiseau-Lyre's tend to be 'of interest' mostly due to their not being available! (have been listening to a few - Helen Watts Italian Monodist/Lawes recital (Dart) - the J.C.Bach 'Vauxhall Gardens' disc (Dart) - which are 'better' - but still 'curates eggs'..

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