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Henry Purcell

September 10, 2009

Happy 350th, Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell was born 350 years ago today...maybe. Birthdays were not as big a deal in 17th century England as they are for us, and Purcell's family kept no record of the date of his birth, or even his baptism. Whether it's the exact date or not, Thursday is a fine day to celebrate the 350th birthday of this great English composer. We'll hear highlights from his Ode for Saint Cecilia's Day, and three miniatures by Purcell.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Henry Purcell
    Music for a While from Oedipus ~ 3:15
    Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Myron Lutzke, cello; Arthur Haas, Harpsichord/Organ
  • Henry Purcell
    Sonata I in g minor, Z 790: II. Vivace ~ 1:02
    Musica Amphion; Remy Baudet, vioin; Sayuri Yamagata, violin; Mieneke van der Velden, viola da gamba; Peter-Jan Belder, harpsichord/organ
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    2 Songs Without Words; Lied ohne Worte in G minor, Op. 19 No. 6, Venezianisches Gondellied (Venetian Boat Song), Lied ohne Worte in C Major, Op. 67 No. 4, Spinnerlied (Spinning Song)
    Gilbert Kalish, piano
    St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, CA
  • Henry Purcell
    Selections from Ode for St. Cecilia's Day I. Symphony (6:26); VI. Thou Tun'st this World (3:48); VII. With That Sublime Celestial Lay (2:55); XI. The Fife and All The Harmony of War (3:10); XIII. Hail! Bright Cecilia (4:26) + appl
    Collegium Novum, Choir of New College, Oxford; Susan Gilmour Bailey, soprano; David Allsopp, alto; Nicholas Mulroy, countertenor; Mark Dobell, tenor; Matthew Brook, bass; Edward Higginbottom, conducto
    Abbey, Ambronay, France
  • Claude Debussy
    Children's Corner
    Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic; Kenneth Montgomery, conductor
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

hour 2

  • Aram Khachaturian
    Sabre Dance, from the ballet "Gayaneh"
    Alexander Gavryluk, piano
    International Chopin Festival, Chopin Manor, Duszniki Zdroj, Poland
  • Henry Purcell
    Three Parts on a Ground
    Seattle Baroque Orchestra; Ingrid Matthews, violin; Tekla Cunningham, violin; Carrie Krause, violin; Nathan Whittaker, cello; Jennifer Streeter, harpsichord; John Lenti, theorbo; Ingrid Matthews, cond
    Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
  • Henry Purcell
    I'll Sail Upon the Dog Star" from A Fool's Preferment (encore)
    David Daniels, countertenor; Martin Katz, piano
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA
  • Henry Purcell
    Fantasia upon One Note, Z. 745
    The Escher String Quartet, Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
    Music@Menlo, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, CA
  • Henry Purcell
    Trumpet Tune and Bell Symphony
    Michael Murray, Organ; Empire Brass
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Op. 67
    Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
    McDermott Concert Hall of the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX
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