Purcell: Dido and Aeneas - Galliard: Pan and Syrinx

Composer Henry Purcell, John Ernest Galliard
Artist Nicola Wemyss soprano
Matthew Baker bass
Johannette Zomer soprano
Marc Pantus bass
Musica ad Rhenum
Jed Wentz conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94178
EAN code 5028421941783
Release February 2011

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About this release

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.

Other information:
- 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.
- Performed on period instruments and conducted with verve and dramatic insight by baroque specialist Jed Wentz.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: “Overture (Orchestra)”
  2. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “Shake the cloud from off your brow (Belinda/Chorus)”
  3. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “Ah! Belinda, I am press’d with torment (Dido)”
  4. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “Grief increases by concealing(Belinda/Dido/Second Woman/Chorus)”
  5. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “Whence could so much virtue spring? (Dido/Belinda/Second Woman)”
  6. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “Fear no danger to ensue (Belinda/Second Woman/Chorus)”
  7. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “The Baske Dance (Orchestra)”
  8. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “See, your royal guest appears (Belinda/Aeneas/Dido/Chorus)”
  9. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “If not for mine, for Empire’s sake (Aeneas/Belinda/Chorus)”
  10. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the First - Scene: The Palace – “The Triumphing Dance (Orchestra)”
  11. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene One: The Cave – “Wayward sisters, you that fright(Sorceress/First Witch/Chorus)”
  12. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene One: The Cave – “The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate(Sorceress/Chorus/First and Second Witch)”
  13. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene One: The Cave – “But ere we this perform (First and Second Witch/Chorus)”
  14. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene One: The Cave – “Echo Dance of Furies (Orchestra)”
  15. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “Ritornelle (Orchestra)”
  16. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda/Chorus)”
  17. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “Oft she visits this lone mountain (Second Woman)”
  18. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “Behold! upon my bending spear (Aeneas/Dido/Chorus)”
  19. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “Stay, Prince, and hear great Jove’s command! (Spirit/Aeneas)”
  20. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “Then since our charms have sped (Sorceress/Chorus)”
  21. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Second - Scene Two: The Grove – “The Groves’ Dance (Orchestra)”
  22. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene One: The Ships – “Come away, fellow sailors (Sailor/Chorus)
  23. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene One: The Ships – “The Sailors’ Dance (Orchestra)”
  24. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene One: The Ships – “See the flags and streamers curling (Sorceress/First and Second Witch)”
  25. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene One: The Ships – “Our next motion (Sorceress/Chorus)”
  26. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene One: The Ships – “A Dance (Orchestra)”
  27. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene Two – “Your counsel all is urg’d in vain (Dido/Belinda/Aeneas/Chorus)”
  28. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene Two – “Thy hand, Belinda…When I am laid in earth (Dido)”
  29. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene Two – “With drooping wings ye Cupids come (Chorus)”
  30. Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas: Act the Third - Scene Two – “Cupids’ Dance (Orchestra)”

Disk 2

  1. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Overture: Part 1”
  2. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Overture: Part 2”
  3. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Overture: Part 3”
  4. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Overture: Part 4” (Orchestra)
  5. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “On sunny Hills, in gloomy Shades”
  6. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Free from Sorrow, free from Anguish (Syrinx)”
  7. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “What do I see? (Pan/Syrinx)”
  8. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Go leave me, ’tis in vain (Syrinx)”
  9. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “How Insolently Coy! am I to be despis’d?”
  10. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Gentle Cupid, aid my pleasure (Pan)”
  11. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Symphony (Orchestra)”
  12. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “The rising Morn her purple Beams now sheds”
  13. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Bid the Tunefull cornet sound”
  14. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Yet hold: Some Ill our much-lov’d Syrinx waits (Diana)”
  15. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Air for the Nymphs”
  16. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Air I for the Nymphs and Sylvans”
  17. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Air II for the Nymphs and Sylvans (Orchestra)”
  18. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “These glances Stol’n a Flame confess (Sylvan/Nymph)”
  19. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Fairest, if thou canst be kind, Ah! (Sylvan)”
  20. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Think’st thou that awkward mien has Charms”
  21. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Let Nature henceforward neglect (Nymph/Sylvan)”
  22. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “A Sylvan and a Nymph Dance (Orchestra)”
  23. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Well do these Sports become Diana’s Train (Pan)”
  24. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Whilst your Harmony fills (Pan/Chorus)”
  25. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “How Sweet the warbling Linnet sings”
  26. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Toil’d and Impatient have I sought you long”
  27. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Why should Love, that triffling Passion (Syrinx)”
  28. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Love! How impatient hast thou made me? (Pan/Syrinx)”
  29. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Fly, fly, fly, fly, fly, fly, fly, fly, fly (Chorus/Syrinx/Pan)”
  30. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Cruel Sylvan, O forbear (Syrinx/Pan)”
  31. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Surprising Change!”
  32. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “But see! the Goddess comes (Pan)”
  33. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Presumptuous God! Am I so little fear’d (Diana/Pan)”
  34. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Lawless Rage and wild desire (Diana)”
  35. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “O mighty Goddess! To thy will I bend (Pan)”
  36. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Dance of Nymphs and Sylvans”
  37. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Bourrée I & II (Orchestra)”
  38. John Ernest Galliard: Pan & Syrix: “Great Diana will we Sing (Chorus)”
  39. Henry Purcell: The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus: “A Symphony of pipes imitating the chirping of birds (Orchestra)”
  40. Henry Purcell: The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus: “Hark how the Songsters of the Grove (First and Second Nymph)”
  41. Henry Purcell: The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus: “Love in their little veins inspires (First Nymph)”
  42. Henry Purcell: The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus: “But ah! how much are our delights more dear(First Nymph/Second Nymph/Follower of Cupid)”
  43. Henry Purcell: The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus: “Hence with your trifling Deity(First, Second and Third Follower of Bacchus)”
  44. Henry Purcell: The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus: “Come all, come all to me, make haste (Cupid)”
  45. Henry Purcell: The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus: “Who can resist such mighty Charmes (Chorus)”
  46. Henry Purcell: The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus: “Return revolting Rebells where d’ye goe? (Bacchus)”
  47. Henry Purcell: The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus: “The Cares of Lovers, their Allarms (Cupid)”
  48. Henry Purcell: The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus: “Love quickly is pall’d tho’ with Labour ’tis gain’d(Fourth Follower of Bacchus)”
  49. Henry Purcell: The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus: “Come let us agree (Cupid/Bacchus/Grand Chorus)”