Henry Purcell: Love Restor'd - Songs from the English Restoration - RES10308

Purcell: Love Restor'd - Songs from the English Restoration

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Total playing time [66:45]

Ceruleo
Emily Owen (soprano)
Jenni Harper (soprano)
Toby Carr (theorbo & guitar)
Kate Conway (viola da gamba)
Satoko Doi-Luck (harpsichord)

Early music ensemble Ceruleo presents an album of music from restoration-era England. Featuring works by Henry Purcell, John Blow, Francesco Corbetta, and John Eccles, the album looks at the dramatic character of English Restoration music and its relationship to the theatrical tradition of the time.

Providing a snapshot of the music that might have been heard in English theatres and concert halls, Ceruleo creates a performance – like the stage works of Purcell and Blow – which freely flits between deep emotion, humour and melancholy, all interspersed with instrumental dance music.

Album Booklet (PDF)

Tracklist

John Blow (1649–1708)
The Glorious Day is Come
1. Couch’d by the pleasant
Helliconian spring

Henry Purcell (1659–1695)
Dioclesian, Z.627, Act V
2. Oh, the sweet delights of love

3. A New Ground in E minor, ZT.682

The Fairy Queen, Z.629, Act V
4. O let me weep

The Fairy Queen, Z.629
5. Overture

Celebrate This Festival, Z.321
6. Crown the altar, deck the shrine

Love’s Goddess Sure Was Blind, Z.331
7. Many such days may she behold

John Blow
8. Laudate Nomen Domini
9. The Queen’s Epicedium

Henry Purcell
10. O dive custos Auriacae
domus, Z.504

Francesco Corbetta (1615–1681)
11. Chaconne

Henry Purcell
12. She loves and she
confesses too, Z.413

John Eccles (1668–1735)
13. Haste, give me wings

John Blow
Suite No. 2 in D minor
14. Ground

Henry Purcell
The Maid's Last Prayer, Z.601
15. No, resistance is but vain

Suite No. 6 in D major, Z.667
16. Prelude
17. Almand
18. [Hornpipe]

Don Quixote, Z.578, Act IV
19. From rosy bow’rs

The Fairy Queen, Z.629, Act III
20. If love’s a sweet passion

'They control the waves of ecstasy with technical aplomb and conviction, and they blend impressively in the ref lective ‘O dive custos’ on the death of Queen Mary [...] The instrumentalists are very good.

- BBC Music Magazine

'Sopranos Emily Owen and Jenni Harper are at their best in the duet from Dioclesian, ‘O the sweet delights of love’, where they control the waves of ecstasy with technical aplomb and conviction, and they blend impressively in the ref lective ‘O dive custos’ on the death of Queen Mary [...] The instrumentalists are very good.'
BBC Music Magazine

'A lovely disc, and an engaging introduction to the world of Restoration song.'
Planet Hugill

'This album proves that the return of an exiled king and the rekindling of censored arts make for just as fertile an area of dramatic music.'
Classical Voice North America

Credits
© 2022 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2022 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10308
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262793442
Cover image by Blue Flower Night Image by Fabrizio Conti (Wikimedia Commons – Creative Commons license)
Release date: 2 December 2022