The package consists of two compact discs, containing the March/April 1995, recording of the 1695 version of "Don Quixote", at the BBC Maida Vale studios, for Radio 3.
It includes works by : Henry Purcell (the official composer for string music, for Charles II, James II, and William & Mary, and the greatest English composer of the 17C) ; John Eccles (Late 17C/Early 18C fine English composer, who generally held up the tradition of excellent English classical music, until Handel's permanent move to England) ; and John Lenton (another fine English composer, who was part of "The King's Musick" troupe of violinists, under Charles II, and also played at the coronations of Charles II and James II).
This Mid Nineties recording, features actor Paul Scofield in the lead role, as Don Quixote. Among the singers, are sopranos Emma Kirkby & Evelyn Tubb ; tenors Joseph Cornwell & Andrew King ; bass-singers Simon Grant & David Thomas ; and baritone Roy Hudd. The music was provided by the three groups, The Consort of Musicke, The City Waites & The Purcell Simfony.
Act One (47:58 composers: ~ Eccles ; ^ Anon ; * Purcell ) :-
1) Fanfare~ 2) Overture^ 3) Knighting Music^ 4) Sing all ye Muses* 5) Knighting Music^ 6) Funeral Entrance Music~ 7) Young Chrysostom~ 8) The Dirge~ 9) The Barber's Song^ 10) When the World First Knew Creation* 11) Let the Dreadful Engines* 12) 'Twas Early one Morning~ 13) With this Sacred Charming Wand*
Pastoral Suite (9:37 composed by Lenton) :-
14) Overture 15) Slow 16) Hornpipe 17) Scotch Air 18) Slow 19) Gavotte
Disc Two :-
Act Two (70:15) :-
1) Slow Pastoral (Lenton) & Artful Shepherds (Stanley) 2) If you will Love me^ 3) Ye Nymphs & Sylvan Gods~ 4) Damon, let a Friend (Pack) 5) Riding Through the Whistling Air* 6) Hornpipe (Tollett) 7) Lads & Lasses* 8) Masque Overture (Orme) 9) Vertumnus Flora (Courtville) 10) Here is Hymen (Courtville) 11) Cease Hymen, Cease (Courtville) 12) Happy Mortals (Compton) 13) Come Tell What Befell^ 14) The Old Wife^ 15) Theresa was as Sweet^ 16) Marcella's Distraught Narrative^ 17) I Burn, I Burn~ 18) You can Never Trust a Frenchman^ 19) Genius of England* 20) From Rosy Bowers* 21) Puppet Overture (Tollett) & Sweetheart, my Passion^ 22) Now Sleep my Knight* 23) While thus we Bow*
Disc One is in EX- condition.
Disc Two is in EX condition.