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Henry Purcell: Love Songs

By Henry Purcell

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Henry Purcell: Love Songs composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). German title: Love Songs /Lautten Compagney. CD. 700 pages. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.8343500).

Pure listening pleasure: Next to Henry Purcell there is scarcely a composer in the history of music who knew how to set the English language in such an inspired and sensitive manner. Dorothee Mields and the Lautten Compagney, conducted by Wolfgang Katschner, have assembled a number of songs on the theme of love in its various facets: the spectrum ranges from feelings of wild, joyful, ebullience, to the plaintive, melancholy lament of love. Most of the titles on the CD are from the incidental music which Purcell wrote from 1680 to 1695 for theatrical plays which appeared on the stages of London.