Purcell

BarokOpera Amsterdam, Frederique Chauvet - Henry Purcell: King Arthur (2013)

BarokOpera Amsterdam, Frederique Chauvet - Henry Purcell: King Arthur (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:31:24 | 513 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Ligia Digital | Catalog: Lidi0202264-13

Originally conceived as a play with musical accompaniment, Henry Purcell's 1691 King Arthur endures on the strength of its adventurous harmonies and appealing orchestration. Laying aside the Camelot legends, poet John Dryden framed the tale as the Christian King Arthur defending England against the pagan Saxons, and added colorful visitations by Greek and Norse deities to the plot.
Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen - Blow: An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen - Blow: An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 76:22 minutes | 1.42 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

An album of music for the connoisseur—of extraordinary singing as much as of the English Baroque. This wonderful recital ranges widely across Blow’s vocal and instrumental music, Arcangelo again demonstrating their versatility in repertoire which will be a real discovery for many.
Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1994)

Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:32 | 243 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Decca | Catalog: 436 992-2

Christopher Hogwood has found himself a dream cast here, with even the smallest roles taken by big names. There are a couple of surprises along the way, such as the underage First Sailor (sung by a slightly quavery treble) and the cross-dressing Sorceress, here taken by a bass. Still David Thomas cackles and machinates with the best of them, so don't let that put you off.
English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1986)

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:10 | 287 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Philips | Catalog: 416 299-2

At under an hour this mini-masterpiece should be in every opera-lover's collection. There are scores of versions available but I tend to favour those with a Dido of really starry vocal quality given that her torments lie at the heart of the opera and all other considerations are secondary: Purcell and his librettist Nathum Tate make little of Aeneas's psychology and the other roles are all supplementary, reflecting upon Dido's plight, even to the extent of some suggesting that the Sorceress is her alter ego.
The Purcell Quartet - Dietrich Buxtehude: VII Suonate, Op. 1 (2010) (Repost)

The Purcell Quartet - Dietrich Buxtehude: VII Suonate, Op. 1(2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 57:27 | 310 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chaconne | Catalog: 766

Although written for the configuration of two violins and continuo, Dietrich Buxtehude's Seven Sonatas, Op. 1, are not trio sonatas in the usual sense. They refer back to the older type of Italian ensemble sonata, with contrasting short sections following in rapid succession rather than the three- or four-movement sonata or dance suite types. Buxtehude came at the end of this tradition, which by 1694, when these sonatas were first published, was beginning to give way to newer Italian types in points further south.
Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: The Complete Secular Solo Songs (2004)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: The Complete Secular Solo Songs (2004)
Classical | EAC | APE, CUE, LOG | Scans | 818,69 MB
The King's Consort, Robert King | Released: 2004 | Label: Hyperion UK

King's Consort produces another brilliant interpretation and performance of works by Henry Purcell. This collection of Purcell's solo secular songs (though some, as the previous review mentions, have short duets within them) is superbly sung all around. A note on the vocals, they aren't the most "early music" vocals you'll find. The singers all certainly demand attention, but for me, I think that's perfectly fine. The very subdued singing that some take to Baroque music seems to detract from the emotion of these pieces–emotion that is clearly intended from the text painting. However, they also aren't sung in an unnecessarily grandiose way or with too much drive. Frankly, it's just right.
Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas & Music for The Gordian Knot Unty'd  (1994)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas & Music for The Gordian Knot Unty'd (1994)
Classical | EAC | APE, CUE, LOG | Scans | 254,93 MB
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan | Released: 1994 | Label: Harmonia Mundi

Performing Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' is a task that has made conductors very curious - the many and varied recordings and performances of it prove it. The circumstances in which the work was originally performed is somewhat vague, the manner of performing Purcell generally is not very clear, the scores found are varied (no manuscript was ever found) and there are two missing parts - the prologue and probably a ballet or choir section at the end of the second act. I have heard several recordings of the work, however, I feel McGegan has done it in a way which sounds just right, as if this is how ot should have been done. First of all, the choice of basing the performance on a couple of the scores found seems to be appropriate, and in my opinion the right mix was done here. Lorraine Hunt makes a brilliant Dido, she has a very dramatic power mixed with a pure voice and a great sense of the time. Lisa Saffer is the most wonderfull Belinda I have ever heard, singing softly and sweetly and expressing the character very strongly.
Purcell - Dido and Aeneas (William Christie, Malena Ernman) - DVD 9

Purcell - Dido and Aeneas (William Christie, Malena Ernman)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | MPEG-2 | Dolby AC3, 2 ch; DTS, 5 ch | Language: English | Subtitles: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | 66 min | 4.72 GB
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
Recorded at L’Opéra Comique in 2008 | Released: 2010 | Label: FRA Musica
Purcell Henry - Dioclesian; Masque from Timon of Athens (Richard Hickox)

Purcell Henry – Dioclesian; Masque from Timon of Athens (Richard Hickox)
Baroque | EAC | APE+CUE+LOG | Covers + Booclet pdf | CD1:46’27; CD2: 65’49 | 475.9 MB
Collegium Musicum 90, Richard Hickox
Released: 1995 | Label: Chandos
Paolo Tognon & La Bande des Hautbois du Roi - Purcell: A Collection of Ayres (1999)

Paolo Tognon & La Bande des Hautbois du Roi - Purcell: A Collection of Ayres (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 259.89 Mb | 64:03 | Scans included
Classical opera suites | Label: Nuova Era (ORF0876)

La Bande des Hautbois du Roi è un insieme di strumenti a fiato dedito al repertorio della musica di corte francese, inglese e tedesca del '700 e riprende nel suo organico l'insieme strumentale a fiato in uso nella corte di Versailles fra il XVII e il XVIII secolo. Tutti i componenti hanno studiato con i migliori specialisti europei e individualmente hanno preso parte all'attività di inportanti orchestre ed ensembles con strumenti originali, quali: European Union Baroque Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, Le Concert de Nations, Capella Savaria, Wiener Akademie, The Age of the Enlightement, The English Baroque Soloists, Cappella di S.Petronio, I Barocchisti, Academia de Li Musici, Athestis Consort, Ensemble Elyma.