Purcell: Symphony While The Swans Come Forward (2018)

Purcell

La Sfera Armoniosa

La Sfera Armoniosa, founded in 1992, is a Dutch Baroque ensemble and orchestra specialized in the performance of music from the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Artistic director and conductor is Mike Fentross. Mike Fentross: I was really moved when I heard my orchestra play the opening bars of the Purcell. I heard a sound that was quite different to what I knew from other present-day baroque orchestras. Was this sound closer to that of Purcell's own orchestra, a sound that he may have had in mind when composing this wondrous music? In the very first chat I had about this project with Lidewij van der Voort, our new concertmaster, we talked about the modern adaptations that are often (and understandably) applied to baroque instruments nowadays, and about the possibility of going back to authentic strings (completely bare gut) and a 17th century bow hold (the French grip) for this Purcell project. As it happens, I'd had a similar conversation not long before that with Lidewei de Sterck, our principal oboist, about authentic reeds (scraped from the inside) and with Graham Nicholson, about 17th century trumpets (natural trumpets with no finger holes). These aspects, seemingly just details, have a major impact not just on the sound but also the way of playing and therefore on the way we interpret the music. We all felt the need to record this CD with these 'experimental' instruments. An orchestral sound with so much transparency and colour, a way of playing with such narrative power! I'm full of admiration for the musicians who played so beautifully and who were prepared to take up the challenge of moving away from a well-trodden path. 

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Johannette Zomer

After several years as a microbiologist, Dutch SopranoJohannette Zomer trained at the Sweelink Conservatorium,Amsterdam with Charles van Tassel. She currently studieswith Diane Forlano.Johannette made her opera debut as Tebaldo in Don Carlowith the Nationale Reisopera and has gone on to sing Belinda– Dido & Aeneas, La Musica & Euridice – L’Orfeo,Gassman’s Opera – Seria, Dalinda – Ariodante, Ilia – Idomeneo,Pamina – Die Zauberflöte and Amanda – Le GrandeMacabre for the company. She has also sung Oberto in Alcinaat the Komische Oper. On the concert platform she has aenviable reputation as a baroque specialist working with manyof the top conductors in the field such as Ton Koopman,Frans Bru?ggen, René Jacobs, Reinhardt Goebel and PaulMcCreesh as well as collaborating for 20th century and contemporaryrepertoire with Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding,Valery Gergiev, Reinbert de Leeuw and Peter Eötvös. Herrecent engagements have included Bach B Minor Mass with the Tonhalle Orchestra/Bru?ggen, and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo with the Bamberger Symfoniker/Christian Zacharias.She regularly gives recitals with fortepianist Arthur Schoonderwoerd with whom she has recordedSchubert Songs for Alpha Records and is a member of the early music ensembles Compania Vocale andAntequera with whom she sings Neapolitan and Spanish baroque repertoire and medieval Cantigas.Johannette’s recent and future plans include projects of Handel and Frank Martin with the RiasKammerchor/Daniel Reuss; Bach and Buxtehude with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Koopman,Handel with Collegium Vocale, Gent and Gluck and Buxtehude with The Netherlands Bach Soc

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Purcell: Symphony While The Swans Come Forward (2018)

Purcell

La Sfera Armoniosa

    NRC Handelsblad

"The fact that this is a concert recording contributes to the vital character of the performance. Not the technical - but often clinical - perfection leads the dance, but the emotions that the composer wanted to evoke with sounds. Purcell seems to have been brought back to life by La Sfera Armoniosa ."

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The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - Symphony for trumpets and violinsny for tru
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The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - First music
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The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - What shall I do to show her how much I lov
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The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - Butterfly dance
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The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - Dance of Furies
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The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - Since from my dear
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The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - Tune for trumpets
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The Prophetess - or, The History of Dioclesian, Z.627 - Canaries
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The Indian Queen, Z.630 - Air
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The Indian Queen, Z.630 - I attempt from love?s sickness
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The Indian Queen, Z.630 - Hornpipe
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King Arthur, Z.628 - Overture
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King Arthur, Z.628 - First act tune
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King Arthur, Z.628 - Hornpipe
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King Arthur, Z.628 - Fairest Isle
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King Arthur, Z.628 - Trumpet tune
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King Arthur, Z.628 - St. George, the patron of our Isle
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King Arthur, Z.628 - Chaconne
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Preludio
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Hornpipe
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Air
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Rondeau
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Symphony while the swans come forward
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - If love's a sweet passion
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Symphony - Prelude, Canzona, Largo, Allegro, Adagio, Allegro
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Ye gentle spirits of the air
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Dance for the followers Night
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - See even night herself is here
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Air
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Hark! The echoing Air
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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 - Grand Dance
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