Purcell: The Fairy Queen
Jennifer Vyvyan; Anthony Lewis
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4827449
Barcode
00028948274499
Format
2-CD
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HENRY PURCELL
The Fairy Queen

Thomas Hemsley: Drunken Poet, Coridon, Hymen
Jennifer Vyvyan: First Fairy, Mystery, Second Woman
Elsie Morison: Second Fairy, Night, Chinese Woman, Spring, First Woman, Juno
Peter Pears: Phoebus, Autumn, First Chinese Man
John Whitworth: Second Chinese Man, Secrecy, Summer
Trevor Anthony: Sleep, Winter
Peter Boggis: Mopsa
St. Anthony Singers
Boyd Neel Orchestra
Anthony Lewis

FIRST RELEASE ON DECCA CD
FIRST COMPLETE RECORDING OF PURCELL’S ‘THE FAIRY QUEEN’

Recording information

Recording: Decca Studio 1, West Hampstead, London, UK, 6, 17, 23 & 24 February 1957
Original Oiseau-Lyre Release: OL50139/40/41

Reviews

‘Anthony Lewis[’s] recordings of Purcell set him apart as a truly musical professor of music. He possesses not only a deep knowledge of Purcell’s music but also what is more important – an innate sympathy with Purcell’s style with its mixture of genial pomposity and amiable wit, of bland self-assurance combined with flashes of true sincerity … The casting has been extremely well done … The two sopranos both sing with grace and charm, embracing a multitude of roles with apparent ease.’ Music & Letters, April 1959