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Purcell's Revenge: Sweeter Than Roses?

Olivia Chaney, James Bowman, Ana Silvera, Jim Moray, Concerto Celadonia, David McGuinness

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1.1
Moonlight on the Scotch Tune
Henry Purcell; Concerto Celadonia
2:14
Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, Z. 587  
1.2
There's not a swain on the plain (arr. by O. Chaney)
Henry Purcell; Olivia Chaney; Olivia Chaney; Concerto Celadonia
4:21
Abdelazar Suite, Z. 570  
1.3
II. Rondo (arr. for Chamber ensemble)
Anonymous; Henry Purcell; Concerto Celadonia
1:48
1.4
Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z. 193, "An Evening Hymn on a Ground" (arr. by A. Silvera)
Henry Purcell; Ana Silvera; Ana Silvera; Concerto Celadonia
3:56
1.5
Fantasia a 4 No. 11 in G Major, Z. 742
Henry Purcell; Concerto Celadonia
2:59
The Second Part of Musick's Hand-maid  
1.6
A New Scotch Tune in C Major, Z. 655 (arr. for Hook Harp and Harpsichord)
Henry Purcell; Concerto Celadonia
2:12
Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z. 585  
1.7
No. 1. Sweeter than Roses (arr. by D. McGuinness)
Henry Purcell; David McGuinness; James Bowman; Concerto Celadonia
3:25
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629  
1.8
Hornpipe
Henry Purcell; Concerto Celadonia
1:01
King Arthur, Z. 628  
1.9
Fairy Isle
Henry Purcell; Jim Moray; Concerto Celadonia
3:44
Musick's Hand-maid, Pt. 2  
1.10
Old Sir Simon the King
Henry Purcell; Olivia Chaney; Concerto Celadonia
3:54
1.11
IX. Jigg (arr. for Chamber Ensemble)
Anonymous; Henry Purcell; Concerto Celadonia
0:57
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629  
1.12
Act II: One charming night (Secrecy)
Henry Purcell; Olivia Chaney; Concerto Celadonia
3:42
1.13
Close thine eyes and sleep secure (Upon a Quiet Conscience), Z. 184
Henry Purcell; Ana Silvera; Concerto Celadonia
3:06
Abdelazar Suite, Z. 570  
1.14
IX. Jigg
Henry Purcell; Concerto Celadonia
1:49
Oedipus, King of Thebes, Z. 583  
1.15
Music for a While
Henry Purcell; Jim Moray; Concerto Celadonia
3:42
1.16
Cassiopeia
Olivia Chaney; Olivia Chaney; Concerto Celadonia
4:11
1.17
Halos
Ana Silvera; Ana Silvera; Concerto Celadonia
3:43
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act V  
1.18
Act V: The Plaint: O let me weep
Henry Purcell; Olivia Chaney; Concerto Celadonia
6:01
Dioclesian, Z. 627  
1.19
Act III: What shall I do to show how much I love her? (arr. by D. McGuinness)
Henry Purcell; David McGuinness; James Bowman; Concerto Celadonia
3:48
1.20
When First Amintas Sued for a Kiss, Z. 430 (arr. by D. McGuinness)
Henry Purcell; David McGuinness; Jim Moray; Concerto Celadonia
2:22
The Married Beau, Z. 603  
1.21
Hornpipe on a Ground
Henry Purcell; Concerto Celadonia
3:00
Total Playing Time    65:55
"Four Stars ... the overall effect is intoxicating. But the highlight must be (Olivia) Chaney’s utterly exquisite arrangement and performance of There’s not a Swain on the Plain. I have yet to take this track off 'repeat.'"
- Limelight

"Anyone looking for multiple ways to reinvent Purcell and traditional tunes connected to him will find much to enjoy ... there are a couple of delightful new pieces by Chaney and Ana Silvera ... there’s much cleverness and musical delight here ..."
- The WholeNote

"The composer’s crime? Writing basslines that are just too damn catchy for contemporary musicians to leave alone ... yet for all the riff-like charms of their ground basses, Purcell’s songs have proved surprisingly resistant to reinvention ... so to say that Concerto Caledonia’s album veers between maddening and utterly joyous is to put them well ahead of the curve."
- Gramophone

David McGuinness and his early music/nu-folk group Concerto Caledonia pay tribute to the music of Henry Purcell with this tapestry of arrangements and creative responses which is never less than surprising. Variations by 18th century Scot James Oswald rub shoulders with the Purcell tunes on which they are based, while original songs by Olivia Chaney and Ana Silvera and some electrifying instrumental contributions add to the general air of expectations confounded.
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