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Purves, Christopher

Works: 183 works in 482 publications in 7 languages and 9,461 library holdings
Genres: Songs and music  Oratorios  Operas  Live sound recordings  Excerpts  Music  Songs  Christmas music  Carols  Holy Week music 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Other, Vocalist, Author, Actor
Classifications: M2000, 782.1
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Most widely held works about Christopher Purves
Most widely held works by Christopher Purves
The Messiah by Georg Friedrich Händel( )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir present an intimate and stirring performance of Handel's Messiah. This 2-CD recording of the full score on period instruments features a stellar cast of soloists. Tafelmusik presents this baroque masterpiece with the spirit and vitality of Handel's own 18th-century productions. A perennial favorite with audiences and critics alike, Tafelmusik's Messiah has garnered glowing reviews year after year
A fresh aire Christmas by Mannheim Steamroller (Musical group)( Recording )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The magic flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This abridged English-language version of Mozart's immortal opera, seen at the Met as the annual holiday presentation for families, is conducted by renowned Mozartian Jane Glover. Alek Shrader stars as Tamino, the young prince who finds himself on a quest to rescue and win the beautiful Pamina, sung by Heidi Stober. Nathan Gunn is Tamino's companion, the birdcatcher Papageno, and Eric Owens sings Sarastro, the man who holds Pamina captive--to protect her from her mother, the evil Queen of the Night, sung by Kathryn Lewek
Written on skin ; Duet for piano & orchestra by George Benjamin( )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Hochzeit des Figaro = Le nozze di Figaro : Querschnitt in deutsch = Highlights sung in German by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mozart's classic comic opera is a tale of romantic rivalry between a lecherous Count and his clever resourceful valet Figaro. The Count, neglecting his wife, pursues Susanna, Figaro's bride-to-be, but after much plotting and counter-plotting by all concerned he is exposed. He asks his wife's forgiveness and Figaro and Susanna are married
Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The well loved team of Waltraud Meier and Placido Domingo join conductor Daniel Barenboim in a complete recording of Beethoven's intense and dramatic opera
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi( )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This performance features the legendary African-American contralto Marian Anderson in her history-making Met debut role of Ulrica, the fortune-teller. At first her predictions are all good news. But who would believe the best friend of the king would actually murder him? Absurd. That's what the king (Jan Peerce) thinks. But he loves Amelia (Zinka Milanov), the wife of his friend Renato (Robert Merrill). And when Renato discovers them together, he joins the plot against the king. This is Verdian passion at its best
The thieving magpie by Gioachino Rossini( )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rodelinda by George Frideric Handel( )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in Italian and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fourth Handel opera to enter the Met repertoire, Rodelinda stars Renée Fleming in the title role of the Queen of Lombardy and grieving widow of King Bertarido (countertenor Andreas Scholl), who furiously rejects marriage to Grimoaldo (tenor Kobie van Rensburg), the usurper of her late husband's throne. Plot complications come thick and fast, among them the revelation that Bertarido is alive, with the characters' emotions exquisitely expressed in Handel's alternately lyrical and virtuosic arias. The stellar cast also includes Stephanie Blythe and John Relyea. Conductor Patrick Summers leads this thrilling performance
Vocal works by Witold Lutoslawski( )

10 editions published in 2011 in 4 languages and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mozart requiem : realisations( )

5 editions published in 2013 in Latin and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belshazzar's feast by William Walton( )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William stone, Bariton ; Atlanta Symphony orchestra and chorus ; Robert Shaw
Not the Messiah : he's a very naughty boy( Visual )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Monty Python troupe reunites onstage for a one-night-only performance of a musical adaptation of their film Life of Brian which tells the story of Brian Cohen, a young Jewish man who is born on the same day as, and next door to, Jesus Christ, and is subsequently mistaken for the Messiah
Saul by George Frideric Handel( )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatization of David's experiences after returning from slaying Goliath
Lamenti by Concert d'Astrée (Groupe musical)( )

5 editions published in 2008 in Italian and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zaide by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in German and Undetermined and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zaide: Singspiel in zwei Akten, KV 344 (Fragment). Libretto: Andreas Schachtner / Der Schauspieldirektor: Komödie mit Musik in einem Akt, KV 486. Libretto: Johann Gottlieb Stephanie d.J. / Sinfonie Nr. 32 G-Dur, KV 318 / Marsch D-Dur, KV 335 Nr. 1
St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

6 editions published in 2014 in German and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Layton leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and his own superb choral ensemble, Polyphony, in a powerful performance of Bach's most dramatic masterpiece, the St. John Passion. Joined by a starry team of soloists, Layton directs a particularly vivid account of the work, the excitement of the narrative drama contrasting with heartbreaking moments of reflection
Judas Maccabaus by George Frideric Handel( )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Falstaff : a lyric comedy in 3 acts, 1893 by Giuseppe Verdi( Visual )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in Italian and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The inspirational Vladimir Jurowski conducts Verdi's last opera, his only true comic opera. An international cast is led by Christopher Purves in the larger-than-life role of the corpulent Falstaff, whose profligacy both outrages and inspires the citizens of Windsor. Richard Jones's production brings out the humour, bitterness and anger mixed with tenderness and wisdom embodied in the Shakespeare plays on which the libretto is based. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound. Dr Caius: Peter Hall; Sir John Falstaff: Christopher Purves; Bardolph: Alasdair Elliott; Pistol: Paolo Battaglia; Mrs Page (Meg): Jennifer Holloway; Mrs Ford (Alice): Dina Kuznetsova; Mistress Quickly: Marie-Nicole Lemieux; Nannetta: Adriana Kucerova; Fenton: Bulent Bezduz; Ford: Tassis Christoyannis; London Philharmonic Orchestra; The Glyndebourne Chorus; Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski; Director: Richard Jones; Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, June 2009."--Alexander Street, resource website
German cantatas with solo violin( )

1 edition published in 2018 in German and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Christopher Purves Brits zanger

Christopher Purves englischer Bassbariton