Editors' Notes Purcell’s 1692 operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream contains some of the composer’s finest music, from its scenes of bawdy excess to arias of exquisite sweetness. No wonder Purcell had a hand in reviving Shakespeare’s flagging reputation. The Gabrieli Consort and superb soloists let the theatricality of The Fairy Queen speak for itself, teasing out every nuance with a deft touch. There are myriad moments in which to luxuriate, including the arias “See, Even Night Herself Is Here” and “O Let Me Weep”, both beautifully sung by soprano Carolyn Sampson. And there’s Shakespearean fun in abundance, in the sprightly orchestral interludes and ribald song “Now the Maids and the Men Are Making of Hay”.

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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Prelude
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Hornpipe
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Air
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Rondeau
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition): Overture
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act I
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act I: Prelude & Song - Come, Let Us Leave the Town
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act I: Scene of the Drunken Poet
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act I: First Act Tune - Jig
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II: Prelude & Song - Come All Ye Songsters
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II: Symphony in Imitation of Birds
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II: Song - May the God of Wit Inspire
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II: Symphony in Imitation of an Echo
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II: Chorus - Now Join Your Warbling Voices All
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II: Song, Chorus & Dance - Sing While We Trip It
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II: Prelude & Song - See, Even Night Herself is Here
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II: Song - I Am Come to Lock All Fast
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II: Prelude & Song - One Charming Night
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II: Song & Chorus - Hush, No More
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II: Dance for the Followers of Night
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act II: Second Act Tune - Air
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act III
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act III: Prelude, Song & Chorus - If Love's a Sweet Passion
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act III: Symphony While the Swans Come Forward
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act III: Dance for the Fairies
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act III: Dance for the Green Men
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act III: Song - Ye Gentle Spirits of the Air
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act III: Prelude & Dialogue - Now the Maids and the Men are Making of Hay
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act III: Dance for the Haymakers
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act III: Prelude & Song - When I Have Often Heard Young Maids Complaining
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act III: Song & Chorus - A Thousand, Thousand Ways
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act III: Third Act Tune - Hornpipe
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV: Symphony - Prelude / Canzona / Largo / Allegro / Adagio / Allegro
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV: Song & Chorus - Now the Night is Chas'd Away
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV: Song - Let the Fifes and the Clarions
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV: Symphony for the Entry of Phoebus
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV: Prelude & Song - When a Cruel Long Winter
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV: Chorus - Hail! Great Parent of Us All
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV: Prelude & Song - Thus the Ever Grateful Spring
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV: Prelude & Song - Here's the Summer
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV: Prelude & Song - See My Many Colour'd Fields
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV: Song - Next, Winter Comes Slowly
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV: Chorus - Hail! Great Parent of Us All (2)
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act IV: Fourth Act Tune - Air
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Interlude: The Plaint - O Let Me Weep
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Prelude & Song - Thrice Happy Lovers
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Entry Dance
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Symphony
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Song - Thus the Gloomy World
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Prelude, Song & Chorus - Thus Happy and Free
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Song - Yes, Daphne
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Dance for the Monkeys
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Song - Hark How All Things with One Sound Rejoice
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Song & Chorus - Hark the Echoing Air a Triumph Sings
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Song & Chorus - Sure the Dull God of Marriage / Hymen Appear
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Prelude as Hymen Enters
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Song - See, I Obey / Turn Then Thine Eyes / My Torch, Indeed
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Song & Chorus - They Shall Be As Happy As They're Fair
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The Fairy Queen, Z. 629 (Suckling/McCreesh Edition), Act V: Dance for Chinese Man & Woman - Chaconne
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