Lorenzo Ghirlanda / Vox Orchester

Purcell, Locke: Orchestral Works

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The semi-operas of Henry Purcell have been increasingly recorded, more or less in their entirety, though their best-known numbers appear more frequently in instrumental suites, as they do on this 2019 release on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi by Lorenzo Ghirlanda and his period ensemble, Vox Orchester. Less familiar are the stage works of Matthew Locke, who knew Purcell and influenced him, and who was one of the contributors to the early development of opera in England. While Locke's theater music is not as widely performed as his anthems and motets, and is under-represented on CD, Ghirlanda has included a suite of dances and airs composed for The Tempest, at least for the sake of comparison with Purcell's more substantial body of work. The performances are decidedly brisk and rhythmically precise, and the excitement of the orchestra is apparent in its energetic playing. The selections from King Arthur, Dioclesian, and The Fairy Queen have been anthologized in many Baroque collections, so the occasional trumpet tune or gigue will be recognized by anyone who dabbles in Purcell, though listeners may want to try Locke's incidental music first, to avoid any bias.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
King Arthur, Z. 628
1 02:05 Amazon
2 01:12 Amazon
3 00:36 Amazon
4 04:58 Amazon
5 00:49 Amazon
6 00:39 Amazon
7 01:53 Amazon
8 01:08 Amazon
9 03:27 Amazon
10 03:39 Amazon
The Tempest
11 01:04 Amazon
12 01:18 Amazon
13 01:12 Amazon
14 04:23 Amazon
15 00:50 Amazon
16 05:35 Amazon
17 01:15 Amazon
18 00:45 Amazon
19 01:00 Amazon
20 01:41 Amazon
21 02:28 Amazon
Dioclesian, Z. 627
22 02:16 Amazon
23 00:58 Amazon
24 00:39 Amazon
25 03:08 Amazon
26 00:38 Amazon
27 02:38 Amazon
28 01:20 Amazon
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629
29 01:42 Amazon
30 01:22 Amazon
31 01:02 Amazon
32 01:37 Amazon
33 01:00 Amazon
34 01:14 Amazon
35 01:09 Amazon
36 02:06 Amazon
37 03:01 Amazon
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