JOHN ERNEST GALLIARD (1687-1749): Pan and Syrinx, HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695): The Masque of Cupid and Bacchus from Timon of Athens.
Catalogue Number: 10K025
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Galliard, like Handel, was born in Germany and moved to England as a young man (oboist in this case). Pan and Syrinx dates from 1718 and is a one-act opera, perhaps the first of its genre in England. Lasting just under 58 minutes, its charming dance music is French in style (and Handel borrowed one movement for his Terpsichore), the arias are Italianate in their melody but German in their harmony while one chorus looks back to Purcell. Libretto included. Johannette Zomer, Nicola Wemyss (sopranos), Marc Pantus (bass-baritone), Musica ad Rhenum; Jed Wentz.