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Henry Purcell
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"The Marriage of Bacchus" that Purcell dislikes is an opera by French composer Robert Cambert titled: "Ariadne ou Le Mariage de Bacchus". It was adapted for the London stage by Louis Grabu in 1674. At the time, Grabu was Master of the King's Musik. See more »

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One shot shows a stagehand turning a winch to lift Mary Tudor when she's playing Cupid. When she's being lowered, a shot shows the stagehand turning the winch in the same direction as previously. See more »

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Charles II: Do excuse me for taking such a long time in dying.
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Edited into The Harvest of Sorrow (1998) See more »

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King Arthur: Upon a quiet conscience (Close thine eyes and sleep secure)
Music by Henry Purcell
Performed by Lynne Dawson and Peter Harvey with English Baroque Soloists
Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner
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Simply the best produced film on a Baroque composer
30 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Being a bit of a Purcell fanatic, it was only happenstance that I encountered this film. Channel surfing the local cable net, I noticed a listing for the film, which I recorded.

This film brilliantly captures the essence of the man and his music (as well as the tenor of the times). The acting, a bit downplayed, works well to give the story a positive spin, despite the various tragedies in Purcell's life.

I understand that the original version has some contemporary thread running through it. The version which was run on the BRAVO network in the US eliminated this component (for some reason which goes unexplained).

Overall, this film is an overlooked masterpiece....


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