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Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen


A semi-opera by Purcell, The Fairy Queen is a series of masques (a dramatic entertainment of the 16th to 17th centuries in England) interspersed throughout an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, though Purcell did not set any of Shakespeare's text to music. The musical score has retained an extreme flexibility of rendition, in masterful hands tending to become a unique spectacle. This also holds true for the version created by Philip Pickett, the celebrated conductor of the New London Consort and one of the world's most prominent specialists in the interpretation of early music, and the brilliant Mexican director Mauricio GarcĂ­a Lozano.


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