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

Disk 2

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