“Close your eyes and it's close to time travel.” The Independent on Sunday
The Fairy Queen, Concertgebouw
25 April 2020, 2.15pm
Jessica Cale, Anna Dennis, Mhairi Lawson and Rowan Pierce sopranos
Jeremy Budd, Charles Daniels and Matthew Long tenors
Edward Grint and Ashley Riches baritone/bass
Henry Purcell The Fairy Queen
Purcell’s semi-opera The Fairy Queen – written just three years before his untimely death in 1695 – is one of the composer’s most glorious scores. Brimming with invention, in lively dances and songs ranging from the sublime to ridiculous, the bittersweet and erotic undertones of Shakespeare’s comedy have rarely been as beautifully captured as they are here. As we celebrate the release of our new recording of the work, Conductor Paul McCreesh leads the acclaimed Gabrieli Consort & Players and an all-star cast in a joyous exploration of fairytale, magic and enchantment.