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Daniel Purcell: The Judgment of Paris

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Catalogue numberRES10128
Release date2014-03-03
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz

Spiritato & Julian Perkins
In their second album for the Resonus label, the London-based early music group Spiritato present the world premiere recording of Daniel Purcell's opera The Judgment of Paris.

Composed for the Music Prize of 1700-01 to a libretto by William Congreve, Daniel, the younger cousin or brother of Henry Purcell, here demonstrates an endlessly inventive and innovative style in a bold attempt to create a school of all-sung English opera. Used by all of the four entrants to the Music Prize (John Eccles, Gottfried Finger, John Weldon and Daniel Purcell), the libretto tells the tale of a shepherd Paris, who is visited by a messenger of the Gods, Mercury, who gives him the Golden Apple of Discord, which he has to award to the most deserving of three goddesses - Venus (goddess of love), Pallas (godeess of war) or Juno (goddess of marriage).

Spiritato are joined here by director and harpsichordist Julian Perkins and the Rodolfus Choir. The roles of the five protagonists are superbly brought to life by Anna Dennis (Venus), Amy Freston (Pallas), Ciara Hendrick (Juno), Samuel Boden (Paris) and Ashley Riches (Mercury).
 
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  Composer: Purcell, Daniel
  The Judgment of Paris 78:30
01 Symphony 05:40 $ 1.53 USD
02 From High Olympus and the Realms Above 04:26 $ 1.20 USD
03 Symphony for Hoboys to Paris 02:31 $ 0.68 USD
04 Wherefore dost thou seek 01:26 $ 0.39 USD
05 Symphony for Violins (This Radiant fruit behold) 02:12 $ 0.59 USD
06 Symphony for Paris 01:46 $ 0.48 USD
07 O Ravishing Delight – Help me Hermes 05:33 $ 1.50 USD
08 Symphony for Violins (Fear not Mortal) 02:39 $ 0.72 USD
09 Happy thou of Human Race 01:36 $ 0.43 USD
10 Symphony for Juno – Saturnia, Wife of Thundering Jove 02:14 $ 0.60 USD
11 Trumpet Sonata for Pallas 02:45 $ 0.74 USD
12 This way Mortal, bend thy Eyes 01:49 $ 0.49 USD
13 Symphony of Fluts for Venus 04:12 $ 1.13 USD
14 Hither turn thee gentle Swain 01:09 $ 0.31 USD
15 Symphony of all 01:38 $ 0.44 USD
16 Distracted I turn 01:51 $ 0.50 USD
17 Symphony for Violins for Juno (Let Ambition fire thy Mind) 01:40 $ 0.45 USD
18 Let not Toyls of Empire fright 02:17 $ 0.62 USD
19 Let Ambition fire thy Mind 00:49 $ 0.22 USD
20 Awake, awake! 01:51 $ 0.50 USD
21 Trumpet Flourish - Hark! Hark! The Glorious Voice of War 02:32 $ 0.68 USD
22 Trumpet Sonata 02:41 $ 0.72 USD
23 O what Joys does Conquest yield 02:29 $ 0.67 USD
24 O how Glorious 00:55 $ 0.25 USD
25 Stay lovely Youth, delay thy Choice 03:12 $ 0.86 USD
26 Far from thee be anxious Care 00:59 $ 0.27 USD
27 One only Joy Mankind can know 02:07 $ 0.57 USD
28 Nature fram'd thee sure for Loving 03:36 $ 0.97 USD
29 Gentle Shepherd 02:10 $ 0.59 USD
30 I yield, I yield 05:13 $ 1.41 USD
31 Grand Chorus 02:32 $ 0.68 USD
 
  Album total 78:30
ComposerPurcell, Daniel
OrchestraSpiritato
ConductorPerkins, Julian
BaritoneRiches, Ashley
TenorBoden, Samuel
ChoirRodolfus Choir
Mezzo-sopranoHendrick, Ciara
SopranoDennis, Anna
Freston, Amy

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