Classical Sunday: Purcell’s King Arthur

In 1691, Henry Purcell wrote the music for “King Arthur, or The British Worthy”.

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King Arthur, or The British Worthy.  A semi-opera by Henry Purcell (1691)

Henry Purcell (10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695) is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers.  Purcell’s legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music.  In 1691, he wrote the music for what is sometimes considered his dramatic masterpiece, King Arthur, or The British Worthy, which is our pick for this beautiful spring Sunday.

King Arthur, or The British Worthy

1-3. King Arthur Overture
4. King Arthur Act I: Woden, First to Thee
5. King Arthur Act I: The Lot is Cast, Brave Souls
6. King Arthur Act I: I Call to Woden’s Hall
7. King Arthur Act I: Come If You Dare – First Act Tune
8. King Arthur Act II: Hither, This Way
9. King Arthur Act II: Let Not a Moon-born Elf
10. King Arthur Act II: Hither, This Way
11. King Arthur Act II: Come, Follow Me
12. King Arthur Act II: How Blest Are Shepherds
13. King Arthur Act II: Symphony – Shepherd, Leave Decoying
14. King Arthur Act II: Come Shepherds, Lead Up – Hornpipe
15. King Arthur Act II: Second Act Tune
16. King Arthur Act III: Prélude – What Ho!
17. King Arthur Act III: What Power Art Thou
18. King Arthur Act III: Thou Doting Fool
19. King Arthur Act III: Great Love
20. King Arthur Act III: No Part of My Dominion
21. King Arthur Act III: Prélude
22. King Arthur Act III: See We Assemble – Dance
23. King Arthur Act III: Tis I That Have Warm’d Ye
24. King Arthur Act III: Sound a Parley – Tis Love
25. King Arthur Act III: Third Act Tune – Hornpipe
26. King Arthur Act IV: Aire
27. King Arthur Act IV: Two Daughters of This Aged Stream
28. King Arthur Act IV: Passacaglia
29. King Arthur Act V: Trumpet Tune
30. King Arthur Act V: Ye Blust’ring Brethren of the Skies
31. King Arthur Act V: Symphony
32. King Arthur Act V: Round Thy Coasts
33. King Arthur Act V: For Folded Flocks
34. King Arthur Act V: Your Hay It Is Mowed
35. King Arthur Act V: Fairest Isle
36. King Arthur Act V: You Say ‘Tis Love
37. King Arthur Act V: Trumpet Tune
38. King Arthur Act V: Saint George
39. King Arthur Act V: Our Natives
40. King Arthur Act V: Chaconne

BarokOpera Amsterdam
Frédérique Chauvet, direction

Wendy Roobol, soprano
Mijke Sekhuis, soprano
Klaartje van Veldhoven, soprano
Derek Lee Ragin, countertenor
Gunther Vandeven, countertenor
Lester Lardenoye, countertenor
Mattijs Hoogendijk, tenor
Joost van Velzen, tenor
Pieter Hendriks, baritone
Ragnar van Linden van den Heuvell, baritone
Bas Kuijlenburg, baritone
Wiebe Pier Cnossen, baritone

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