Henry Purcell Airs and Duets - Jeffrey Dooley, countertenor and Howard Crook, tenor
Sumptuous Purcell duets and solos by two of the finest voices of our time!
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*** "Jeffrey Dooley (countertenor), a pupil and protege of the late Alfred Deller, has a truly beautiful voice and takes naturally to this repertoire. Among his solo items Be Welcome, then, Great Sir and the Divine Hymn (Lord, What is Man) are quite ravishing, while Hark! The Ech'ing Air is delectably sprightly. Particularly engaging is One Charming Night from The Fairy Queen, with a pair of recorders. The tenor Howard Crook also has a disarmingly personable vocal line, and his solos, including Beauty, thou scene of love and the sombre Here let my Life, are hardly less memorable, with the famous If music be the food of love splendidly sung. But it is when these two voices join together in duet that one's senses are truly ravished, from the opening Let the fifes and the clarions and the similarly light-hearted Sacharissa's grown old to Many, many such days (with its bassoon obbligato), and not forgetting Sound the Trumpet. The celebration of the queen, Hail, gracious Gloriana, hail! makes a well chosen finale. The simple instrumental accompaniments are managed most stylishly"
The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2009
When this recording of Purcell's Airs and Duets first appeared in the late seventies it touched off a fire-storm of interest in one of England's greatest composers. This Purcell disc won world-wide recognition for American countertenor, Jeffrey Dooley, the young protégé of Alfred Deller. Now digitally remastered, this recording celebrates the return of this gifted artist together with internationally acclaimed tenor Howard Crook. Countertenor Jeffrey Dooley, a protégé of the renowned British countertenor Alfred Deller, is launching his re-entry in to the performance arena with this Lyrichord release of Purcell's Airs and Duets. Jeffrey Dooley can be heard in works by Bach, Schutz and Purcell on the Well-Tempered, Nonesuch, and Newport Classic labels. The internationally known American-born tenor, Howard Crook, has been recognized as a specialist on Bach and the hautecontre roles of French baroque opera, which he has since performed throughout Europe. Among his extensive discography are his works with Philippe Herreweghe, John Eliot Gardiner and Eric Ericson, and Les Indes Galantes with William Christie.
* This 2-disc pack features a free bonus CD, the Lyrichord Early Music Sampler - 17 tracks of our best early music recordings!
1. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629, Let the Fifes and the Clarions - 1:23
2. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629, Hark! The Ech'ing Air - 2:27
3. Welcome to all the pleasures (A Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 339, Beauty, Thou Scene of Love - 1:46
4. Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 328, In Vain the Am'rous Flute - 5:26
5. Saccharissa's grown old, song for soprano, bass & continuo, Z. 507 - 0:50
6. Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323, Sound the Trumpet - 2:35
7. Lord, what is man?, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 192 - 5:48
8. Love's goddess sure was blind (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus 2 recorders and continuo, Z. 331, Sweetness of Nature - 3:38
9. Fly bold rebellion (Welcome Ode for Charles II), for soloists, double chorus, strings & continuo, Z. 324, Be Welcome, Then, Great Sir - 3:43
10. Lovely Albina's come ashore, song, Z. 394 - 2:13
11. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629, One Charming Night - 1:59
12. If ever I more riches did desire, song for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, 2 violins & continuo, Z. 544, Here Let My Life - 3:20
13. Love's goddess sure was blind (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus 2 recorders and continuo, Z. 331, Many, Many Such Days - 2:23
14. If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings) - 3:46
15. If ever I more riches did desire, song for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, 2 violins & continuo, Z. 544, Me, O Ye God! - 3:06
16. Arise, my muse (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 320, Hail, Gracious Glorianna, Hail! - 2:18
Additional InformationMini Bio of Jeffrey Dooley (from the Bach Cantatas Website)