Harry Bicket & The English Concert with Henry Purcell & Friends

September 27, 2017, 10:00 pm

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Harry Bicket & The English Concert
Harry Bicket & The English Concert (Photo: Richard Haughton)

Harry Bicket, who is guest conducting Lyric Opera’s production of Orphée et Eurydice through October 15, here leads members of The English Concert and vocal soloists Rosemary Joshua and Sarah Connelly in songs, arias, and duets by Henry Purcell. Instrumental works by Purcell’s contemporaries Matthew Locke, John Blow, and Christopher Gibbons create context for Purcell’s songs.

Recorded live in concert in London’s Wigmore Hall.


Matthew Locke (~1622-1677)
The Tempest, suite, Part I

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
If Music be the Food of Love
Draw Near You Lovers that Complain
Oh the Sweet Delights of Love

Matthew Locke
The Tempest, suite, Part II

Henry Purcell
Music for a While
My Dearest, My Fairest

John Blow (1649-1708)
Chaconne in G

Henry Purcell
O Solitude
Sweeter than Roses

Christopher Gibbons (1615-1676)
Fantasy-Suite in D minor

– Fantasy
– Allman
– Galliard

Henry Purcell
Love, Thou art Best

Rosemary Joshua, soprano
Sarah Connelly, mezzo-soprano
The English Concert
Harry Bicket, conductor

Opening & Closing Theme for Baroque&Before: Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Piva, performed by Musica Reservata (Boston Skyline BSD 123)