Carolyn Sampson / Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson

Come All Ye Songsters

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AllMusic Review by James Manheim

The live concert album is less well developed in early music than in Classical and Romantic repertory, but here's quite a valuable corrective to that situation. Soprano Carolyn Sampson has a flexible, creamy voice and has become a favorite in music of the English Baroque, in Britain and increasingly beyond. This recital, performed in 2015 in London's Wigmore Hall, made no concessions to the mainstream nature of the venue (and the engineering staff reciprocated with fine handling of the too-large space). These are not Purcell hits; much of the music is drawn from the so-called Gresham Manuscript, which was rediscovered fairly recently, and all the music has to stand on its own. All of it is gorgeous; Sampson is in fine voice, and the exuberant variety of treatments perhaps reflects what audiences in Purcell's own time would have heard. Purcell songs are mixed with instrumental works by him and others; the program is, in short, authentic in performance and content. The list of instruments in the graphics does not reflect the extent of the variety, and the contributions of each of the instrumentalists are as great as those of Sampson. Sample The Cares of Lovers, with its gorgeous, almost piano-like theorbo sound from string player Elizabeth Kenny. The live ambience is effectively transmitted, and the recording retains the lusty applause that greets the performers at the end, and the two encores. Passionate, enthusiastic, and very highly recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Fairy Queen Z629
1 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 01:56 Amazon
2 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 00:41 Amazon
3 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 00:46 Amazon
4 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 05:51 Amazon
Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in C major (with Jig) Z666
5 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 00:44 Amazon
6 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 02:09 Amazon
7 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 01:03 Amazon
8 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 01:08 Amazon
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Jig
Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 00:53 Amazon
Timon of Athens Z632
10 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 02:00 Amazon
11 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 05:35 Amazon
12 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 02:53 Amazon
13 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 03:14 Amazon
Don Quixote Z578
14 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 06:50 Amazon
15 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 07:08 Amazon
The Fairy Queen Z629
16 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 00:55 Amazon
17 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 01:31 Amazon
18 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 00:49 Amazon
La Guitarre Royalle
19 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 03:05 Amazon
Aureng-Zebe Z573
20 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 02:08 Amazon
21 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 03:33 Amazon
22 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 01:10 Amazon
23 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 04:16 Amazon
Hail, bright Cecilia Z328
24 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 04:34 Amazon
Abdelazar, or the Moor's Revenge Z570
25 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 03:16 Amazon
The Fairy Queen Z629
26 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 03:16 Amazon
27 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 00:06 Amazon
The Indian Queen Z630
28 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 02:43 Amazon
29 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 00:09 Amazon
King Arthur Z628/38
30 Laurence Cummings / Elizabeth Kenny / Jonathan Manson / Carolyn Sampson 03:02 Amazon
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