Purcell: Timon of Athens; Dioclesian

COMPOSERS: Purcell
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: Timon of Athens; Dioclesian
PERFORMER: Iestyn Davies, Christopher de la Hoyde, James Bowman, John Mark Ainsley, Michael George, Catherine PierardCollegium Musicum 90/Richard Hickox
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 0558 DDD
Restoration theatre-masques, musical entertainments interpolated into stage plays, were immensely popular with audiences. Though, inevitably, they lose much in recording – the flamboyant spectacle – these two can stand on their inventive music alone. Both celebrate the pleasures divine of love and wine. The performance is fresh and bright, with remarkably fine boy treble singing among the polished adult forces. George Pratt

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