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Symphony While the Swans Come Forward (Live Recording)

La Sfera Armoniosa, Mike Fentross, Johannette Zomer

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The Prophetess: or, The History of Dioclesian, Z. 627  
1.1
Symphony for Trumpets and Violins (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
2:00
1.2
First Music (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
2:20
1.3
What Shall I Do to Show Her How Much I Love Her (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
3:53
1.4
Butterfly Dance (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
2:18
1.5
Dance of Furies (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
3:00
1.6
Since from My Dear (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
4:29
1.7
Tune for Trumpets (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
0:56
1.8
Canaries (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
1:13
The Indian Queen, Z. 630  
1.9
Air (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
1:34
1.10
I Attempt from Love’s Sickness (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
1:51
1.11
Hornpipe (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
0:48
King Arthur, Z. 628  
1.12
Overture (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
1:57
1.13
First Act Tune (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
0:36
1.14
Hornpipe (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
0:37
1.15
Fairest Isle (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
5:21
1.16
Trumpet Tune (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
0:51
1.17
St. George, The Patron of Our Isle (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
2:06
1.18
Chaconne (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
3:04
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629  
1.19
Preludio (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
1:32
1.20
Hornpipe (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
0:50
1.21
Air (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
1:39
1.22
Rondeau (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
1:32
1.23
Symphony While the Swans Come Forward (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
2:22
1.24
If Love's a Sweet Passion (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
5:23
1.25
Symphony: Prelude, Canzona, Largo, Allegro, Adagio, Allegro (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
6:53
1.26
Ye Gentle Spirits of the Air (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
5:58
1.27
Dance for the Followers Night (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
2:15
1.28
See Even Night Herself Is Here (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
4:25
1.29
Air II (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
1:18
1.30
Hark! The Echoing Air (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
2:29
1.31
Grand Dance (Live Recording)
Henry Purcell; Johannette Zomer; Mike Fentross; La Sfera Armoniosa; Mike Fentross & La Sfera Armoniosa Johannette Zomer
3:10
Total Playing Time    78:40
"The fact that this is a concert recording contributes to the vital character of the performance. Not the technical - but often clinical - perfection leads the dance, but the emotions that the composer wanted to evoke with sounds. Purcell seems to have been brought back to life by La Sfera Armoniosa ." - NRC Handelsblad La Sfera Armoniosa, founded in 1992, is a Dutch Baroque ensemble and orchestra specialized in the performance of music from the seventeenth and eighteenth century, led by artistic director and conductor Mike Fentross. "I was really moved when I heard my orchestra play the opening bars of the Purcell. I heard a sound that was quite different to what I knew from other present-day baroque orchestras. Was this sound closer to that of Purcell's own orchestra, a sound that he may have had in mind when composing this wondrous music? In the very first chat I had about this project with Lidewij van der Voort, our new concertmaster, we talked about the modern adaptations that are often (and understandably) applied to baroque instruments nowadays, and about the possibility of going back to authentic strings (completely bare gut) and a 17th century bow hold (the French grip) for this Purcell project. As it happens, I'd had a similar conversation not long before that with Lidewei de Sterck, our principal oboist, about authentic reeds (scraped from the inside) and with Graham Nicholson, about 17th century trumpets (natural trumpets with no finger holes). These aspects, seemingly just details, have a major impact not just on the sound but also the way of playing and therefore on the way we interpret the music. We all felt the need to record this CD with these 'experimental' instruments. An orchestral sound with so much transparency and colour, a way of playing with such narrative power! I'm full of admiration for the musicians who played so beautifully and who were prepared to take up the challenge of moving away from a well-trodden path." - Mike Fentross
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