The Orpheus Ensemble with Vivien Hamilton. Songs for soprano, harpsichord, baroque cello (viol and baroque violins on occasion), each written for famous singers and actresses in popular Restoration dramas of late 17th century England.
Vivien Hamilton gives the songs the lyricism and dramatic edge that they require, while being sensitively accompanied by Pricilla Taylor and Margaret Waugh.
Melbourne-based, The Orpheus Ensemble has been performing together since 1992. It specialises in exploring English and Italian music of the 17th and early 18th century.
Featuring the talents of Vivien Hamilton (soprano), Margaret Waugh (baroque cello) and Priscilla Taylor (harpsichord), the Melbourne-based ‘Orpheus Ensemble’ has been performing together since 1992. It specialises in exploring English and Italian music of the 17th and early 18th century.
Vivien is currently Lecturer in Voice at Monash University, and conducts the Monash University Women's Choir, also teaching at the University of Melbourne. Her recent work covers many styles and contexts, from the role of Mrs Anderson in the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of Sondheim's A Little Night Music, to her performance as soprano soloist in J.S. Bach's St. John Passion at the Festival of Perth.
— Barbara Hebden, The Sunday Mail
“This collection of Restoration songs is beautifully presented. The ensemble is sensitive to the stylistic requirements of the era, and provides a perfect accompaniment to Vivien Hamilton's spectacular soprano voice.”
— Emma Runciman, Radio News 3BBR FM
“very clear reproduction, a lot of variety”
— Cliff Tucker, Radio Fremantle
- Sweeter than Roses Henry Purcell
- When first Amintas su'd for a Kiss Henry Purcell
- Lysander I persue in vain John Blow
- If Musick be the Food of Love - first Setting Henry Purcell
- I burn, my Brain consumes to Ashes John Eccles
- Whilst I with Grief did on you look Henry Purcell
- Cupid the slyest rogue alive Henry Purcell
- I Attempt from Love's sickness Henry Purcell
- Bess of Bedlam Henry Purcell
- Ah! How sweet it is to love Henry Purcell
- Farweel bonny Wully Craig Samuel Akeroyde
- From Rosy Bow'rs Henry Purcell
- Cupid once, when weary grown Pelham Humfrey
- Beneath a Poplar's shadow lay me Henry Purcell
- Musick for a while Henry Purcell
- If Musick be the Food of Love - second setting Henry Purcell
- Dear, Pritty Youth Henry Purcell
- Where art thou, God of Dreams? Giovanni Draghi
- Orpheus Ensemble
- Ruth Wilkinson · viola da gamba · tracks 2 and 11
- Julie Hewison · baroque violin · track 18
- Stephen Freeman · baroque violin · track 18
Henry Purcell was an English organist and Baroque composer of secular and sacred music. Although Purcell incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, his legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music.
Where to buy
Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.