If Music Be the Food of Love
Andreas Scholl and Maarten Engeltjes sing arias and duets by Henry Purcell and John Blow
Andreas Scholl and Maarten Engeltjes, both world-class countertenors, sing arias and duets from their 17e-century fellow countertenors, more famously top composers of the English Baroque, Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and John Blow (1649-1708).
Andreas, Maarten, Henry and John all began their musical careers as little boys, as boy sopranos in the church choir. And what wonderful music this English choral tradition did not produce! And, just as the young Purcell was a pupil of Blow, so the young Angels received singing lessons from Scholl.
Accompanied by PRJCT Amsterdam, Andreas Scholl and Maarten Engeltjes sing the most beautiful arias and duets, known and less known, that Purcell and Blow wrote for the voice type they most identified with, the countertenor, or alto, the high male voice.
The music is associated with a contemporary translation of sonnets by Shakespeare by actor and writer Frans van Deursen.
'If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
Purcell Here the deities (duet)
Purcell Sound the trumpet (duet)
Purcell If music is the food of love
Purcell No, resistance is but vain (duet)
Purcell Music for a while
Purcell Sweeter than roses
Purcell The plaint
Blow Ah heaven what is't I hear (duet)
Purcell Cold Song
Purcell Dido's lament/When I Am Laid in Earth
Purcell An Evening Hymn
Purcell O dive custos (duet)
Purcell Fairest Isle
Maarten Engeltjes countertenor
Andreas Scholl countertenor