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Seventeenth-century audiences would have been used to hearing Henry Purcell’s The Indian Queen followed by The Masque of Hymen, added by Daniel Purcell to offer audiences the jolly conclusion they craved. Singers and players of The Sixteen bring us as close as we might get to the original experience with a nimble band, incandescent with energy and intensity, revealing Purcell’s detailed creative palette with rare vividness. The singing, sometimes sublime, is never less than highly competent and the drama zips along with satisfying vim.

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