Music ‘for the honour of old England’: Purcell’s theatre works on record | A Robinson | Early Music

Purcell’s theatrical works have arguably never been better appreciated than they are now. Indeed, the time when people believed that Dido and Aeneas merited only ‘an occasional hearing’ and possessed merely ‘antiquarian interest’ has long passed.1 In many ways, the same can be said for Purcell’s other stage works. The ‘Frost Scene’ from King Arthur, in particular, has enjoyed notable success in mainstream culture, appearing on albums by Klaus Nomi (1981) and Sting (2009), in films such as Jean-Marc Vallée’s The Young Victoria (2009) and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and even in television adverts (like the recent one in the UK for Purplebricks, an online estate agent).2 Equally indicative of…

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