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William Purefoy  

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With an established reputation in the UK, including performances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Hanover Band, English Concert and The Sixteen, William Purefoy is also frequently to be seen internationally with concerts, recitals and operatic appearances in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2008.

A graduate of Magdalen College Oxford and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and a winner of the NFMS Young Concert Artists Award.

His international operatic engagements have included OTTONE L'Incoronazione di Poppea for Theater Basel, PTOLEMY Guilio Cesare and DR NICE Evening Hymn for Staatsoper Hannover, while highlights of his UK appearances include SIR PHILIP SYDNEY in Harle's Angel Magick (directed by David Pountney at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms), APOLLO in Mozart's Apollo and Hyacinth for Opera Theatre Company and Classical Opera Company, ASCANIO Mozart's Ascanio in Alba, and the Handel roles ATHAMAS Semele, LYCHAS Hercules and ARSACE Partenope for Buxton Festival. In addition he appeared as ERNESTO Il Mondo Della Luna for Garsington Opera, while for Scottish Opera he sang ANDRONICO Tamerlano and ANTONIO Gesualdo and he has appeared frequently at Shakespeare's Globe.

His many recordings to date have included Vaughan-Williams' Mass in G Minor (Hickox/Chandos), Boyce's Ode for Saint Cecilia's Day and David's Lamentation Over Saul and Jonathan (Hanover Band/ASV Gaudeamus), Rosie Blood (John Harle Terror and Magnificence/Decca Argo) and the role of SPIRIT Dido and Aeneas (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Chandos). He was featured in the television series In Search of Shakespeare and the film Young Victoria and has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican and Purcell Room as well as in Innsbruck and Graz.

Live Dates

01/04/2011   MusicWeb International

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"A compelling programme of wonderful vocal music by Buxtehude"
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22/03/2011   Custos

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"Theatre of Voices indfanger på strålende vis Buxtehudes intime tonesprog."
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01/03/2011   Gramophone

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"The superb musicianship of the six voices and seven instrumentalists make this easy to recommend enthusiastically"
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22/02/2011   Klassisk

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
6/6 Stars

"En fenomenal utgivelse, fullstappet av gleder du ikke bør nekte deg."
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28/01/2011   Musikansich.de

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"Alle sechs Sänger spüren sensibel der Delikatesse dieser Musik nach."
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26/01/2011   Sydsvenskan

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
4/5 Stars

"En udda men utmärkt inspelning, gjord i Helsingør av ypperliga krafter"
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02/01/2011   Klassik.com

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"Sensibel und mit eminenter stilistischer Sicherheit."
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17/12/2010   Classics Today 10/10

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"Extraordinary and delightfully surprising ... All of these singers are excellent."
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08/12/2010   Kristeligt Dagblad

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
4/6 Stars

"En fin udgivelse."
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02/12/2010   Berlingske Tidende

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
5/6 Stars

"Enhver elsker af barokmusik vil sidde som klistret til højtalerne."
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01/12/2010   International Record Review

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"The disc celebrates great musicality."
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01/11/2010   Klassisk

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
5/6 Stars

"Buxtehudes vokalværker klinger lyslevende og vedkommende."
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24/10/2010   The Observer

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"Of the very highest quality ... Highly recommended."
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Discography

Scandinavian Cantatas
Scandinavian Cantatas
Dietrich Buxtehude

SACD 6.220534 (2010)

Grammy-winning ensemble Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier in Buxtehude's rare works of his vocal music


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