If Music Be the Food of Love

Arias and duets by Henry Purcell and John Blow

Duke Orsino:
If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.

From Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, 1602

Andreas Scholl and Maarten Engeltjes, both world-renowned countertenors, sing arias and duets written by fellow-countertenors. albeit from the seventeenth-century. They are better known as the very best composers of the English Baroque, Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and John Blow (1649-1708).
Andreas, Maarten, Henry and John began their careers in music as little boys, as boy sopranos in the church And what splendid music was produced in this English choir tradition! And, as the young Purcell was Blows pupil, so equally was the young Engeltjes taught by Scholl.
Accompanied by PRJCT Amsterdam, Andreas Scholl and Maarten Engeltjes sing the most beautiful arias and duets, some of them better known than others, that Purcell and Blow wrote for the type of voice they were most familiar with, the countertenor or alto, the high male voice.
The music is presented in conjunction with an up-to-date translation of Shakespeare sonnets by the actor and author Frans van Deursen.


H. Purcell, Sinfonia – Welcome to all the pleasures
H. Purcell, Here the deities – duet
W. Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
H. Purcell, Hark how the songsters – duet
H. Purcell, In vain the am’rous flute – duet
H. Purcell, Chaconey Z628
H. Purcell, If music be the food of love
H. Purcell, Sound the trumpet – duet
W. Shakespeare, Sonnet 8
H. Purcell, Music for a while
H. Purcell, Strike the viol – duet
H. Purcell, Sweeter than roses
W. Shakespeare, Sonnet 49
– pause –
H. Purcell, Fantasia upon a ground Z731
J. Blow, Ah heav’n what is’t I hear – duet
W. Shakespeare, Sonnet 15
H. Purcell, King Arthur: What power art thou (Cold song)
H. Purcell, Chaconey in g minor Z730
H. Purcell, When I am laid in earth
W. Shakespeare, Sonnet 32
H. Purcell, An evening Hymn
H. Purcell, O dive custos auriacae Domus – duet
H. Purcell, King Arthur: Fairest Isle


Andreas Scholl
Andreas Scholl | counter tenor Andreas Scholl rose above himself on Good Friday 1993 in Paris, when he replaced René Jacobs as countertenor in the
Maarten Engeltjes
Maarten Engeltjes | counter tenor Maarten Engeltjes (1984) is one of the most sought-after counter tenors in the world. His repertoire includ
Josef Žák
Josef Žák | violin/concertmaster Josef Žák (1984) was born in Prague. He studied the violin at the Conservatory in Prague and the Hochsch

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