Andreas Scholl records all-Purcell disc for Decca
Following the release of his highly-acclaimed recordings of works by Handel, Vivaldi, Gluck and Dowland, Andrea Scholl travels to Ravenna to record O Solitude – a disc featuring the work of Henry Purcell (dubbed Orpheus Brittanicus - the British Orpheus) with Accademia Bizantina under Stefano Montanari.
Scholl has clearly enjoyed putting together the items for this recording, many of them pieces he has sung for years, others he is now delighted to add to his repertoire. A particular favourite is "Music for A While" which Scholl considers to be one of the greatest songs ever written. Other items such as "Sweeter than Roses" and the pieces from the semi-operas King Arthur (1691) and The Fairy Queen (1692) testify to Purcell's love of the theatre. Scholl will also include the famous "Cold Song" from King Arthur which he will record as a tribute to the cult figure of Klaus Nomi (1944-83) - a unique performing artist whose highly-individual creativity Scholl has come to admire very much and whose showpiece this was. Another unusual item, for a male singer, is the famous lament from Dido and Aeneas "When I am laid in earth" - usually the realm of the female mezzo-soprano.
Andreas Scholl is delighted to be working again with his friends from Accademia Bizantina. He says: "It's been a long collaboration and making music with them is a joy." To support the release of the disc in autumn 2010, Andreas Scholl and Accademia Bizantina will embark on a Purcell tour of Europe, including appearances in major venues in Munich, Vienna, Cologne, Hannover, Berlin, Birmingham and Manchester.