Friday, 12 January 2018

Rowan Pierce and William Carter in Purcell

Rowan Pierce
Rowan Pierce
We attended a delightful private recital on Wednesday night (10 January 2018) when Rowan Pierce (soprano) and William Carter (lute) performed a selection of Purcell songs. The recital was for supporters of a new disc of Purcell songs which Rowan Pierce is recording with William Carter and Richard Egarr (harpsichord).

Rowan sang a range of Purcell songs from the well known, such as Music for a while, Sweeter than roses, O Solitude and The Evening Hymn, to lesser known ones such as O lead me to some peaceful gloom and the charming Knotting song. It was a great pleasure to hear these song in a relatively intimate setting. William Carter also treated us to a pair of Dowland lute pieces, the Lachrymae pavan and Fortune my foe.

Rowan Pierce has popped up a few times on this blog in 2017, she won The Grange Festival International Singing Competition, as well as taking the Song Prize [see my article], sang Iris in Handel's Semele with Christophe Rousset and the Academy of Ancient Music [see my article], and sang in Handel's Israel in Egypt with William Christie and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Proms [see my article] and Handel's Jephtha from the London Festdival of Baroque Music with Stephen Layton and the Academy of Ancient Music [see my article]. She is one of the Academy of Ancient Music's Rising Stars so expect to be hearing more of her in 2018

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