PINCHGUT OPERA

Tuesday 18th October 2022, 7.30pm

HENRY PURCELL —
Prelude in G Major, KL.58  
‘The Cares of Lovers’ Z.632, G Minor  
‘Sweeter than Roses’ Z.585, C Minor 
‘Lovely, Lovely Albina’s Come Ashore’ Z.394, C Major 
‘Ah, How Sweet it is to Love’ Z.613, G Minor 
‘Ye Gentle Spirits of the Air’ Z.629/21, D Minor 
‘If Music Be the Food of Love’ Z.379C, G Minor  

FRANÇOIS  COUPERIN — 
Suite No.1 in E Minor for Viola da Gamba and Continuo

HENRY PURCELL —
‘Urge Me No More’ Z.426, C Minor 
‘Bess of Bedlam’ Z.370, C Major 
‘O Lead Me to Some Peaceful Gloom’ Z.574/17, C Minor 

WILLIAM CROFT —
Ground from Suite No. 3 in C Minor D221

HENRY PURCELL — ‘Music for a While’ Z.583, G Minor

Pinchgut Opera is Australia’s only company dedicated to Baroque opera and vocal music, with a global reputation as one of the world’s finest companies specialising in historically informed performances. Pinchgut takes rare and often undiscovered masterpieces from the 17th and 18th centuries and re-creates them in the modern frame, giving contemporary relevance to exquisite music of the past for today’s audiences to enjoy. 

This concert celebrates Henry Purcell’s beautiful songs for solo voice as curated from his theatre works and smaller domestic collections in a celebration of music as the ‘food of love.’ The ‘divine genius’ of Purcell was recognised in his own lifetime by contemporaries who admired his skillful and distinctive blend of the Italian and French styles. All his works, from large to small, bear the unmistakable imprint of his unique creative fire.

ERIN HELYARD, Harpsichord 
ANTON BABA, Viola Da Gamba 
SIMON MARTYN-ELLIS, Theorbo 
CHLOE LANKSHEAR, Soprano

Image Credit: Brett Boardman, Nina Gardia, Robert Catto, Studio 501