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.
Duets for two countertenors by Henry Purcell (Sound the trumpet, Cold Song, Music for a while, In vain the am'rous flute, Sweeter than roses, Fairest Isle) and other works by Henry Purcell and John Blow.
Maarten Engeltjes countertenor
Andreas Scholl countertenor