Editors’ Notes Henry Purcell’s semi-opera, premiered during the Restoration, was designed to inject a bit of pro-monarchist feeling back into London society. Lionel Meunier’s musicians are utterly captivating, revealing just how extraordinary the music must have sounded in 1691. Three moments are worth listening for—Act III’s “Frost Scene,” with its shivering voices and icy instrumentation, was revolutionary in its day and is chillingly performed here. In contrast, the raucously drunken song “Your Hay It Is Mow’d” sees Purcell at his most hilarious, and soloist David Lee is spellbinding. And in terms of sheer beauty, there are few opera arias that can match Purcell’s ravishing “Fairest Isle.”

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King Arthur, Z.628, First Music: Overture
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King Arthur, Z.628, Second Music: Aire
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King Arthur, Z.628: Overture
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King Arthur, Z. 628, Act I
King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: Altar Music
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: "Woden, First to Thee"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: "The White Horse Neigh'd Aloud"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: "The Lot Is Cast"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: "Brave Souls"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: "I Call, I Call"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: "Come If You Dare"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act I: First Act Tune
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King Arthur, Z. 628, Act II
King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "Hither, This Way"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "Let Not a Moon-Born Elf"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "Hither, This Way"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "Come Follow Me"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "How Blest Are Shepherds"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "Shepherd, Shepherd, Leave Decoying"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: "Come, Shepherds, Lead up"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: Hornpipe
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act II: Second Act Tune - Aire
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King Arthur, Z. 628, Act III
King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: Prelude to the Frost Scene
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "What Ho! Thou Genius of This Isle"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "What Power Art Thou"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "Thou Doting Fool"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "Great Love, I Know Thee Now"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "No Part of My Dominion Shall Be Waste"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: Prelude
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "See We Assemble Thy Tevels to Hold"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: Dance
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "'Tis I That Have Warm'd Ye"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "Sound a Parley"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: "'Tis Love That Has Warm'd Us"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: Borée
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act III: Third Act Tune - Hornpipe
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King Arthur, Z. 628, Act IV
King Arthur, Z.628, Act IV: Aire
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act IV: Soft Musick
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act IV: "Two Daughters of This Aged Stream"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act IV: Passacaglia - "How Happy the Lover"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act IV: "In Vain Are Our Graces"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act IV: Fourth Act Tune - Trumpet Tune
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King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V
King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: "Ye Blust'ring Brethren" (John Dryden)
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: Symphony
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: Song Tune - "Round Thy Coasts"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: "For Folded Flocks"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: Song Tune - "Your Hay It Is Mow'd"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: Song tune - "Fairest Isle"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: "You Say, 'Tis Love"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: Trumpet Tune
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: "Saint George, the Patron of Our Isle"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: "Our Natives Not Alone Appear"
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King Arthur, Z.628, Act V: Grand Dance - Chaconne
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