O Solitude

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PURCELL
O Solitude
Andreas Scholl (countertenor) / Accademia Bizantina, Stefano Montanari

[ Decca Music Group / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 17 January 2011

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"Ethereal yet visceral, Scholl's voice is the dream vehicle for Purcell...Stefano Montanari coaxes thrilling playing from Accademia Bizantina"
BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012 - Vocal WINNER

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012 - Vocal WINNER

"Ethereal yet visceral, Scholl's voice is the dream vehicle for Purcell...Stefano Montanari coaxes thrilling playing from Accademia Bizantina, who dance and swagger, throb and pulsate with true Latin passion. Their continuo realisations - here delicate and intimate, there audaciously jazzy - are an unceasing delight."
-BBC MUSIC

The greatest countertenor of today, Andreas Scholl returns to the Decca label with a recording of vocal jewels by the great baroque composer, Henry Purcell. This is Andreas Scholl's first ever recording of the music of Purcell and his uniquely beautiful voice is perfectly suited to the English composer's plangent melodies. The album includes pieces written for the stage, the church and the private chamber, some of which Andreas Scholl has sung in recital for many years, and some he sings for the first time.

Andreas Scholl's longstanding collaborators, 'Accademia Bizantina' bring out the Italian influence in Purcell's instrumental writing, and contribute orchestral items to the programme. 'O Solitude' is Andreas Scholl's first Decca album since the chart-topping 'Handel: Arias For Senesino' in 2006.

The album includes the well known lament 'When I Am Laid In Earth' - recently voted the UK's No.1 favourite aria in a BBC Radio 3 poll - written for the character of Dido in Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas.

Andreas Scholl is joined for two duets by French countertenor Christophe Dumaux.

Tracks:

If music be the food of love
Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335
(with Christophe Dumaux, countertenor)
Strike The Viol (Ode Come Ye Sons Of Art Away)
Fairest Isle
Chacony, Z628
What power art thou, from King Arthur ('Cold Song')
Chacony in G minor -- for Two Violins, Viola and Bass Z730
One Charming Night (From The Fairy Queen)
Sweeter than Roses
[Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country. (1695), Z585 original version]
An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193
Pavan for Three Violins and Bass in G minor -- Z752
O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406
O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z. 504
(with Christophe Dumaux, countertenor)
Music for a while, Z583
Here the deities approve, Z.339 (original version)
The Gordion Knot Untied -- incidental music, Z597
Dido and Aeneas: Dido's Lament 'When I am laid in earth'

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