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Published on Oct 7, 2009
This is the Overture to the fourth act, from "The Fairy Queen" a semi opera by Henry Purcell. The Fairy-Queen was first performed on 2 May 1692 at the Queen's Theatre, Dorset Garden in London by the United Company. When he died prematurely in 1695, the work was lost, and not rediscovered until early in the twentieth century. In July 2009, in celebration of the 350th anniversary of Purcell's birth, "The Fairy-Queen" was performed by Glyndebourne Festival Opera using a new edition of the score, prepared for "The Purcell Society" by Bruce Wood and Andrew Pinnock. This Overture was recorded in 1980 by the Bournemouth Sinfoietta and was conductd by Ronald Thomas.