PURCELL Dido and Aeneas GALLIARD Pan and Syrinx. Nicola Wemyss, Matthew Baker, Musica ad Rhenum / Jed Wentz. Brilliant Classics 2cds

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Dido and Aeneas

Galliard - Pan and Syrinx

Two splendid Baroque operas, one famous (Dido), the other a pleasant surprise (Pan & Syrinx).

Performed on period instruments and conducted with verve and dramatic insight by baroque specialist Jed Wentz. The name John Ernest Galliard may be unfamiliar to many. He was German born, but took British citizenship, and settled in London in 1706. He was a chamber musician to Prince George of Denmark, and was also organist at Somerset House, and an oboist in the opera orchestra under Handel.He wrote many operas and other stage works, and Pan and Syrinx was premiered in Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre in 1718. Pan and Syrinx provides the perfect foil to Purcell’s dark masterpiece Dido and Aeneas.

Both works portray loves destructive powers, though in different ways. Galliard’s treatment is light and comic, Purcell’s tragic and destructive. These are period practice performances, and for Dido, Jed Wentz has used several dances and one chorus by Purcell to fill in gaps in the score as the libretto mentions musical scenes that have been lost.

Recording made by WDR in 2004

Fascinating coupling of one of the great masterpieces of English music with a rare work by a fellow German contemporary of Handel who also made London his home.

CD 1

Henry Purcell (1659–1695) Dido and Aeneas

1 Overture (Orchestra) 2’43

Act the First

Scene: The Palace

2 Shake the cloud from off your brow (Belinda/Chorus) 1’15

3 Ah! Belinda, I am press’d with torment (Dido) 2’51

4 Grief increases by concealing 0’58

(Belinda/Dido/Second Woman/Chorus)

5 Whence could so much virtue spring? 1’58

(Dido/Belinda/Second Woman)

6 Fear no danger to ensue (Belinda/Second Woman/Chorus) 1’36

7 The Baske Dance (Orchestra) 0’36

8 See, your royal guest appears (Belinda/Aeneas/Dido/Chorus) 1’13

9 If not for mine, for Empire’s sake (Aeneas/Belinda/Chorus) 2’48

10 The Triumphing Dance (Orchestra) 1’17

Act the Second

Scene One: The Cave

11 Wayward sisters, you that fright 2’09

(Sorceress/First Witch/Chorus)

12 The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate 1’38

(Sorceress/Chorus/First and Second Witch)

13 But ere we this perform (First and Second Witch/Chorus) 1’40

14 Echo Dance of Furies (Orchestra) 1’09

Scene Two: The Grove

15 Ritornelle (Orchestra) 0’51

16 Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda/Chorus) 3’07

17 Oft she visits this lone mountain (Second Woman) 1’52

18 Behold! upon my bending spear (Aeneas/Dido/Chorus) 1’22

19 Stay, Prince, and hear great Jove’s command! (Spirit/Aeneas) 2’15

20 Then since our charms have sped (Sorceress/Chorus) 1’08

21 The Groves’ Dance (Orchestra) 0’31

Act the Third

Scene One: The Ships

22 Come away, fellow sailors (Sailor/Chorus) 1’38

23 The Sailors’ Dance (Orchestra) 0’51

24 See the flags and streamers curling 0’54

(Sorceress/First and Second Witch)

25 Our next motion (Sorceress/Chorus) 1’29

26 A Dance (Orchestra) 1’41

Scene Two

27 Your counsel all is urg’d in vain (Dido/Belinda/Aeneas/Chorus) 4’15

28 Thy hand, Belinda…When I am laid in earth (Dido) 4’16

29 With drooping wings ye Cupids come (Chorus) 3’16

30 Cupids’ Dance (Orchestra) 2’06

Opera in three acts · Libretto: Nahum Tate

Dido: NICOLA WEMYSS

Aeneas: MATTHEW BAKER

Belinda: FRANCINE VAN DER HEIJDEN

Second Woman: PENNI CLARKE

Sorceress: HELENE RASKER

First Witch: MAAIKE POORTHUIS

Second Witch: YONG-HEE KIM

Spirit: ROWENA SIMPSON

Sailor: RICHARD ZOOK

Musica ad Rhenum

Jed Wentz

CD 2

John Ernest Galliard (1687–1749) Pan and Syrinx

1 Overture: Part 1 1’13

2 Overture: Part 2 1’56

3 Overture: Part 3 0’34

4 Overture: Part 4 (Orchestra) 1’46

5 On sunny Hills, in gloomy Shades 0’56

6 Free from Sorrow, free from Anguish (Syrinx) 4’02

7 What do I see? (Pan/Syrinx) 1’41

8 Go leave me, ’tis in vain (Syrinx) 2’43

9 How Insolently Coy! am I to be despis’d? 0’46

10 Gentle Cupid, aid my pleasure (Pan) 2’59

11 Symphony (Orchestra) 0’26

12 The rising Morn her purple Beams now sheds 0’24

13 Bid the Tunefull cornet sound 2’04

14 Yet hold: Some Ill our much-lov’d Syrinx waits (Diana) 0’17

15 Air for the Nymphs 0’54

16 Air I for the Nymphs and Sylvans 0’23

17 Air II for the Nymphs and Sylvans (Orchestra) 0’52

18 These glances Stol’n a Flame confess (Sylvan/Nymph) 0’23

19 Fairest, if thou canst be kind, Ah! (Sylvan) 2’24

20 Think’st thou that awkward mien has Charms 1’04

21 Let Nature henceforward neglect (Nymph/Sylvan) 1’36

22 A Sylvan and a Nymph Dance (Orchestra) 0’47

23 Well do these Sports become Diana’s Train (Pan) 1’00

24 Whilst your Harmony fills (Pan/Chorus) 3’05

25 How Sweet the warbling Linnet sings 4’21

26 Toil’d and Impatient have I sought you long 0’41

27 Why should Love, that triffling Passion (Syrinx) 0’44

28 Love! How impatient hast thou made me? (Pan/Syrinx) 0’36

29 Fly, fly, fly, fly, fly, fly, fly, fly, fly (Chorus/Syrinx/Pan) 1’39

30 Cruel Sylvan, O forbear (Syrinx/Pan) 2’37

31 Surprising Change! 3’16

32 But see! the Goddess comes (Pan) 0’50

33 Presumptuous God! Am I so little fear’d (Diana/Pan) 0’54

34 Lawless Rage and wild desire (Diana) 2’42

35 O mighty Goddess! To thy will I bend (Pan) 0’23

36 Dance of Nymphs and Sylvans 0’58

37 Bourrée I & II (Orchestra) 1’36

38 Great Diana will we Sing (Chorus) 1’53

Opera in one act · Libretto: Lewis Theobald

First Witch: MAAIKE POORTHUIS; Syrinx: JOHANNETTE ZOMER ; Pan: MARC

PANTUS; Diana: NICOLA WEMYSS; Sylvan: MITCHELL SANDLER

Nymph: RICHARD ZOOK; Musica ad Rhenum; Jed Wentz

Henry Purcell - The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus (from Timon of Athens)

39 A Symphony of pipes imitating the chirping of birds (Orchestra) 3’38

40 Hark how the Songsters of the Grove (First and Second Nymph) 1’34

41 Love in their little veins inspires (First Nymph) 1’21

42 But ah! how much are our delights more dear 1’20

(First Nymph/Second Nymph/Follower of Cupid)

43 Hence with your trifling Deity 2’13

(First, Second and Third Follower of Bacchus)

44 Come all, come all to me, make haste (Cupid) 1’09

45 Who can resist such mighty Charmes (Chorus) 1’34

46 Return revolting Rebells where d’ye goe? (Bacchus) 1’43

47 The Cares of Lovers, their Allarms (Cupid) 1’45

48 Love quickly is pall’d tho’ with Labour ’tis gain’d 1’12

(Fourth Follower of Bacchus)

49 come let us agree (Cupid/Bacchus/Grand Chorus) 1’47

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