Spotlight on the Netherlands: English Song before Handel

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Program: #10-02, Air Date: 01/04/10

Soprano Carolyn Sampson and theorbo soloist Elizabeth Kenny take us from Henry Lawes to Purcell. We continue our long and fruitful association with our partners at Radio Netherlands in presenting a series of concerts from the 2009 Holland Festival of Early Music at Utrecht. The RNW web site provides more in-depth information about the music and performers we hear as well as more information about the festival (www.rnmusic.nl). The primary theme for 2009 was the 250th anniversary of the death of Handel and the 350th of the birth of Purcell. RNW has also prepared a short YouTube video introduction to the festival for this year: www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8gw2qGUaBw

NOTE: All of the music on these programs is performed by the ensemble Carolyn Sampson, soprano, and Elizabeth Kenny, theorbo.

Songs

Anonymous
1 When Daphne from fair Phoebus did fly (from: Roxburghe Ballad Collection)

2 Introduction by Elizabeth Kenny

Henry Lawes 1596-1662
3a On hearing Mary Knight sing

3b Sweet Echo

Matthew Locke 1621/22-1677
4a Lucinda, wink or veil those Eyes

Anonymous
4b Dearest love, I do not go (from: Elizabeth Rogers Virginal Book)

Henry Purcell 1659-1695
5 O solitude

6 Introduction by Elizabeth Kenny

Robert de Visée ca. 1650 - 1725
7 Prelude & Passacaille

Henry Purcell
8a Sefauchi's Farewell

Irish Traditional
8b Lilly Bolero [1:26]

Henry Purcell
9 The fatal hour
10 They tell us that you mighty powers above
11 If love's sweet passion
12 Bess of Bedlam
13 Sweeter than roses
14 When first Amintas sued for a kiss
15 The Evening Hymn

Recorded by Bert van Dijk, Helix

Composer Info

Henry Lawes 1596-1662, Matthew Locke 1621/22-1677, Henry Purcell 1659-1695, Robert de Visée ca. 1650 - 1725