28 February 2012

Purcell: The Complete Ayres for the Theatre

Nell Gwynn posing as Diana by Simon Verelst (1644-c1710-21)
Easy CD-DA | FLAC tracks | Cover & Booklet | 3 RAR
205' | 2009 | Hyperion | 385,338,359 Mb
Ayres for the Theatre, as it was known for short, was the first printed collection devoted entirely to the incidental music used in the London theatres. It marked the point at which this repertory, hitherto largely confined to theatrical circles, was taken up in public concerts and in the home, and it was the model for a series of more than fifty theatre suites published by Walsh and Hare in the first decade of the eighteenth century. The four part-books of Ayres for the Theatre contain thirteen suites written by Purcell for the London theatres between June 1690 (Dioclesian) and the autumn of 1695 (Bonduca). Despite the mention of ‘other occasions’, the collection only seems to contain theatre music, and it includes all his known theatre suites: the ones for The Double Marriage, Timon of Athens and The Rival Sisters, included in earlier lists of Purcell’s works, are now thought to be by Louis Grabu, James Paisible and John Ridgley.
'The Parley of Instruments up to their usual stellar form' (Stereophile, USA)
'Highly enjoyable!' (Early Music Review)
''Ayres for the Theatre' is a wonderful collection of rich and varied, tuneful music and has been marvellously well recorded by engineer Tony Faulkner … the players set out in almost holographic detail between, beyond, between and in front of the loudspeakers. You could almost be there' (Gramophone 'Soundings')
'Strongly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)
'Goodman pilote sa troupe avec une science, une fraîcheur, une addresse, une élégance, qui signale le parfait purcellien' (Diapason, France)
cd 1
The Prophetess, or The History of Dioclesian Z627, Suite
King Arthur, or The British Worthy Z628, Suite
The Fairy Queen Z629, Suite
The Indian Queen Z630, Suite
CD 2
The Married Beau, or The Curious Impertinent Z603, Suite
The Old Batchelor Z607, Suite
Amphitryon, or The Two Sosias Z572, Suite
The Double Dealer Z592, Suite
Distress'd Innocence, or The Princess of Persia Z577, Suite
The Gordion Knot Unty'd Z597, Suite
cd 3
Abdelazar, or The Moor's Revenge Z570, Suite
Bonduca, or The British Heroine, Z574, Suite
The Virtuous Wife, or Good luck at last Z611, Suite
The Fairy Queen Z629, Act IV Sonata 'while the sun rises'
Dido and Aeneas Z626, Overture in G minor, Overture
Timon of Athens Z632, Suite
The Indian Queen Z630, Symphony
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
The Complete Ayres for the Theatre
The Parley of Instruments, Roy Goodman (conductor)
I'm beginning here to resurrect some of the works that "disappeared" from Avax or were "abandoned" from the original uploaders. There's not a real thought behind it, I'm just cleaning up my HDs and following the wind. What I downloaded long ago is flowing back. All credits go to the first uploader. Enjoy...


archie said...


Thank you so much for posting this!
Unfortunately, buth Uploaded and Turbobit are unavailable here in the US.

I would greatly appreciate it if you (or anyone else) could post these discs to another site.

Filepost and Filevelocity, which you have used in other recent posts, seem to be accessible. As are Depositfiles, Rapidshare, Mediafire, etc...

Keep up the good work!


Anonymous said...

Upload makes any download totally virtual!

archie said...

Yes! Thanks for the Filefactory links!