Friday 7 May 2021

What Power Art Thou: Dingle Yandell and the OAE channel Goyte in their new video of Purcell

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) has produced another of their videos of Baroque arias done in the style of visually striking pop videos. This time, Goyte's Somebody that I used to know [see it on YouTube], which was directed by Natasha Pincus, has inspired a video of Purcell's 'What power art thou' (sung by the Cold Genius in King Arthur) performed by OAE's Rising Stars alumnus, bass-baritone Dingle Yandell. In the video the singer is covered in paint and gradually merges with the background; in the original song, a metaphor for the way the man's ex-girlfriend has wiped their relationship out of existence, and perhaps in the Purcell a metaphor for the Cold Genius' desire to return to the cold. 

Or perhaps we should just enjoy a visual and aural feast, and spare a thought for Yandell, spending 10 hours wearing very little and being covered in body paint!

Dingle Yandell and the OAE's What Power Art Thou is available on YouTube

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