Paul McCreesh on Purcell's The Fairy Queen

The Gabrieli's Artistic Director discusses the theatrical 17th-century work

Purcell's The Fairy Queen, music originally written for an adaption of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, features music of delightful theatricality and some of the composer's most beautiful songs. Paul McCreesh, founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort and Players, has recorded the work for his latest release on the group's Winged Lion label. For this week's podcast the conductor joins Gramophone's Editor Martin Cullingford to discuss the work, and his approach to capturing and conveying its 17th-century spirit and splendour.

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