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A Glorious Time

Purcell's 'The
Fairy Queen' -
recommended by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... tender expression and all requisite vim.'

Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen. © 2010 Opus Arte

As a financial speculation, this semi-opera was hardly more successful than the current British economy. Every scenic device that the Dorset Gardens could produce was called into play. There were grottoes, arbours adorned with all varieties of flower, and delightful walks. Act 3 required a great wood with river in the middle, over which two dragons provided a bridge, while swans were seen floating in the distance. The swans then turned themselves into dancing fairies until frightened away by four savages...

Copyright © 4 July 2010 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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CD INFORMATION: PURCELL: THE FAIRY QUEEN

HENRY PURCELL

THE FAIRY QUEEN

GLYNDEBOURNE

OPUS ARTE

SHAKESPEARE

ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

WILLIAM CHRISTIE

JONATHAN KENT

UNITED KINGDOM

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