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Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) - an English classical composer and musician. Henry Purcell is one of the greatest composers of the XVII century.
A march from "Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary" was used in a great film "A Clockwork Orange", directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Best Operas

Dido and Aeneas, 1688

King Arthur, 1691

The Fairy-Queen, 1692

Best Choral Works

Hail! Bright Cecilia, Z. 328 (Ode to St. Cecilia)

Come Ye Sons of Art, Z. 323

Welcome to all the pleasures, Z. 339

Welcome, vicegerent of the mighty king, Z. 340

Celebrate This Festival, Z. 321

The Summer's absence unconcerned we bear, Z. 337

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Z. 860

We highly recommend to buy "Purcell Edition Volume 1 : Dido & Aeneas, King Arthur & The Fairy Queen" - a collection of excellent opera recordings of the best operas by Purcell - Dido and Aeneas with Véronique Gens and Sophie Marin-Degor, Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie; the greatest recording of King Arthur with Véronique Gens, Sandrine Piau, Mark Padmore and Petteri Salomaa, Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie;one of the best recordings of Fairy Queen with Sylvia McNair, Barbara Bonney, Robert Holl and Michael Chance, Vienna Concentus Musicus conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt (or buy separate King Arthur and Fairy Queen):

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