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Purcell: 'The Cares of Lovers'

Magazine article Gramophone

Purcell: 'The Cares of Lovers'

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Purcell 'The Cares of Lovers' Bonduca, Z574--O lead me to some peaceful gloom. The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421. From silent shades (Bess of Bedlam), Z370. Ground, ZD222. A Ground in Gamut, Z645. Hears not my Phillis how the birds (The Knotting Song), Z371. If music be the food of love, Z379c. The Indian Queen, Z630--Dear pretty youth. Music for a while, Z583. Now that the sun hath veiled his light (An Evening Hymn), Z193. O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406. Pausanias, Z585--Sweeter than roses. The Rival Sisters, Z609--Celia has a thousand charms. She loves and she confesses too, Z413. The Sicilian Usurper, Z581--Retir'd from any mortal's sight. Tell me, some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), Z196. Thou wakeful shepherd that dost Israel keep (A Morning Hymn), Z198. Timon of Athens, Z632--The cares of lovers

Rowan Pierce sop William Carter lute/theorbo Richard Egarr hpd Linn (F) CKD592 (60' * DDD * T)

Currently a Harewood Artist at English National Opera, with a win at The Grange Festival's inaugural International Singing Competition under her belt, the young British soprano Rowan Pierce's star is very much in the ascendant. A vivacious presence on stage, with a light, agile voice, Pierce should be a natural fit for the Purcell songs she records here in her solo debut, 'The Cares of Lovers'.

But while the recital is prettily and neatly sung, it feels pre-emptive. There's a sense of restriction--both in vocal tone and expressive inflection--that never quite relaxes or releases, and while Pierce's feather-light instrument works well in an operatic ensemble cast, it doesn't yet have the range to carry a whole disc. …

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