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King Arthur, Baden-Baden
20 January 2019, 2.00pm
Anna Dennis, Mhairi Lawson and Rowan Pierce sopranos
Jeremy Budd and James Way tenors
Roderick Williams and Ashley Riches baritone/bass
Purcell King Arthur
Long renowned for our performances of the music of Henry Purcell, Gabrieli present King Arthur, the composer’s great 17th century patriotic opera, in a new performing edition by Christopher Suckling. Depicting the battles between King Arthur’s Britons and the Saxon invaders, this 1691 setting of John Dryden’s poetry is full of dynamic dance rhythms and lyrical song, including the justly famous text Fairest Isle, as well as the ‘frost scene’. Conductor Paul McCreesh leads a virtuosic consort cast in one of Purcell’s most vivid and imaginative scores.