Instrumental excerpts from Purcell's Collection of ayres compos'd for the theatre and upon other occasions, Compact disc. Program notes (16 p.: port.)--in English with German and French translations inserted in container. Performer(s): Tafelmusik (on period instruments) ; Jeanne Lamon, musical director. Event notes.
The four suites which Tafelmusik have selected from the Ayres for the Theatre, published by Purcell’s widow a few months after his death, are each taken from one of the composer’s great semi-operas of the s, and the end result is a succession of 50 short, catchy numbers, mainly for strings but sometimes also featuring oboes and trumpets.
Although Henry Purcell () lived only 36 years, he was one of the finest and most original composers of his day. His duties were divided between the royal court and the London theatres. His duties were divided between the royal court and the London theatres.