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Purcell: The Indian Queen - Ben Davies (bass); Eamonn Dougan (bass); Jeremy Budd (tenor); Julie Cooper (soprano); Kirsty Hopkins (soprano);...
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  1. To all lovers of music, catch for 3 voices, Z. 282
  2. The Indian Queen, semi-opera, Z. 630
  3. The Masque of Hymen, incidental music
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The Indian Queen was one of Henry Purcell's final works and may in fact have been left unfinished at his death. Defining the state of the text is complicated by the fact that the work is a so-called semi-opera, a defunct form that mixed spoken dialogue, singing, and dance; the function of the surviving music isn't always totally clear. For those reasons, the work hasn't often been recorded. Many of the individual numbers are splendid examples of Purcell's style, with his sparkling ensemble dances and exuberantly rhythmic ...