Songs for Courtiers and Cavaliers
Helen Watts
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4828578
Barcode
00028948285785
Format
2-CD
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CD 1
GIULIO CACCINI: Dolcissimo sospiro
CALESTANI:
Damigella tuttabella
Folgorate
CIFRA: In quel gelato core
SIGISMONDO D’INDIA:
Infelice Didone
Torna il sereno zeffiro
ALESSANDRO GRANDI: Vientene, o mia fedel
HENRY LAWES:
A Complaint against Cupid
No Constancy in Man
An Eccho*
Tavola – In quel gelato core
Parting
Dissuasion from Presumption
Suffrance
Hymn to God the Father*
Hymn to God the Son*
Hymn to God the Holy Ghost*
Among Rosebuds
A Lady to a young Courtier
I prithee send me back my heart
Thurston Dart, harpsichord & chamber organ*

HENRY PURCELL                                                                                                              Music for a while
On the brow of Richmond Hill
From rosy bowers
They tell us that your mighty powers
The Fatal Hour
Corinna
If music be the food of love (first setting)
If music be the food of love (second setting)

CD 2
ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI
Il rossignuolo se scioglie il volo
Clori vezzosa e bella
Desmond Dupré, viola da gamba
Thurston Dart, harpsichord

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Cantata BWV 54 ‘Widerstehe doch der Sünde’
Aria: Erbarme dich (Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244)
Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde (Hoffman, attrib. J.S. Bach)
Bekennen will ich seinen Namen (Stölzel, attrib. J.S. Bach)
Philomusica of London
Thurston Dart

Helen Watts, contralto

FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE ON DECCA

 

Track previews
Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde, Cantata BWV 53
Dissuasion from Presumption
Oedipus: Music for a While
A Complaint against Cupid
No. Constancy in Man
An Eccho
Tavola - in quel gelato core
Parting
Suffrance
A Lady to a young Courtier
Le nuove musiche: Dolcissime sospiro
Damigella tutta bella
Folgorate
In quel gelato core
Infelice Didone
Torna il sereno zeffiro
I prithee send me back my heart
Among Rosebuds
Bekennen will ich seinen Namen, Cantata BWV 200
On the brow of Richmond Hill
Il Rossignuolo
Clori vezzosa e bella
Widerstehe doch der Sünde, Cantata BWV 54: 1. Widerstehe doch der Sünde
Widerstehe doch der Sünde, Cantata BWV 54: 2. Die Art verruchter Sünden
Widerstehe doch der Sünde, Cantata BWV 54: 3. Wer Sünde tut, der ist vom Teufel
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Pt. Two: No. 39 Aria: "Erbarme dich"
Don Quixote: From rosy bowers
Hymn to God the Holy Ghost
The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act 4: They tell us that your mighty powers
The Fatal Hour
Corinna (A Single Song)
"If music be the food of love" - 1st setting
"If music be the food of love" - 2nd setting
Hymn to God the Father
Hymn to God the Son
Vientene, o mia fedel
Recording information

Recordings: London, UK, June 1956 (Songs for Courtiers and Cavaliers); Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, UK, 7 July 1957 (Purcell, Scarlatti); London, UK, April 1958 (Bach)
Original L’Oiseau-Lyre LP Releases: OL 50128 (Songs for Courtiers and Cavaliers); OL 50173 (Purcell, Scarlatti); SOL 60003 (Bach)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer

Reviews

‘I cannot recall having heard any better Bach contralto … [Her ‘Erbarme dich’] is one of the finest I have heard … These are first-class players … most sensitively led by Thurston Dart … The recording is nothing short of superb.’ Stereo Review, February 1960

‘A voice of attractive quality, accurate in pitch, capable of spinning out long phrases and even of that rare thing among singers today, a real trill … In Cantata 200 Miss Watts has no competition worth mentioning. The recording is very good.’ High Fidelity, March 1960

‘Helen Watts was in excellent voice, and her firm contralto quality is highly suitable for music of this kind … Buy it.’ Gramophone, May 1972 (Songs for Courtiers and Cavaliers)