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Iestyn Davies, Countertenor
Thomas Dunford, Lute

England's "Orpheus"
Thursday, May 16, 2019 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Iestyn Davies by Chris Sorensen
After countertenor Iestyn Davies performed the England’s “Orpheus” program at the 2014 Spitalfields Winter Festival, the Financial Times wrote of “his pure tone flawless, his phrasing exquisite.” Davies, who also appeared in Broadway’s Farinelli and the King, sings songs by three composers—Dowland, Purcell, and Handel—who were likened to Orpheus, the mythical musician. For these songs—at times melancholy, tender, and bawdy—he is joined by the brilliant young lutenist Thomas Dunford who has been called the “Eric Clapton of the lute” (BBC Music Magazine).

Part of: Great Singers II: Jula Goldwurm Pure Voice Series

Iestyn Davies is also performing May 7.


Iestyn Davies, Countertenor
Thomas Dunford, Lute


PURCELL "Lord, what is man?"

PURCELL "Sweeter than roses" from Pausanias, the Betrayer of his Country

MARAIS "Les voix humaines" from Suite No. 3, Deuxième livre

VISÉE Chaconne in D Minor

HANDEL "Ombra cara" from Radamisto

DOWLAND Praeludium


DOWLAND "Behold a wonder here"

DOWLAND "Flow, my tears, fall from your springs"

DOWLAND "Can she excuse my wrongs?"

DOWLAND "Lachrimae"

DOWLAND "The Frog Galliard"

HANDEL "Hendel, non può mia musa," HWV 117

PURCELL "Music for a while" from Oedipus

BACH Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (arr. Thomas Dunford)

DOWLAND "Come again, sweet love doth now invite"

PURCELL "O solitude, my sweetest choice"

HANDEL "O Lord, whose mercies numberless" from Saul

PURCELL "Now that the sun hath veiled his light" (An Evening Hymn on a Ground)

This concert and the Pure Voice series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.

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