Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
The Fairy Queen
Hilary Finch at Aldeburgh Festival [Times Online, 27 June 05]
NO FLOTILLA of swans, no dancing green men, no grand descent of the Sun King; in fact no big production numbers at all. Yet this concert performance of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen will be a hard act for the forthcoming Proms appearance to follow.
This year, the singers of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and the instrumentalists of the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra had worked in an intensive ten days of masterclasses with the soprano Yvonne Kenny and with Harry Bicket, who conducted the culminating performance in Snape Maltings.
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