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Baroque Duets

A look at a couple classic recordings of music for two tenors ("A Doi Tenori") and two countertenors ("Countertenor Duets by Purcell and Blow").

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James Bowman and Michael Chance, countertenors.

Two classic recordings of vocal duets, including a program of 17th-century Roman sacred music for two tenors (L’empreinte Digitale) and another of music by Purcell and Blow for a pair of countertenors (Hyperion).

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Giacomo Carissimi: Immensus coeli conditor
Bruno Boterf and Gilles Ragon, tenors — A Doi Tenori: [Church duets from Rome, beginning of the 17th Century] (L'empreinte Digitale , 1999)
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Giacomo Carissimi: Immensus coeli conditor
Bruno Boterf and Gilles Ragon, tenors — A Doi Tenori: [Church duets from Rome, beginning of the 17th Century] (L'empreinte Digitale , 1999)
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Giacomo Carissimi: O ignis sancte
Bruno Boterf and Gilles Ragon, tenors — A Doi Tenori: [Church duets from Rome, beginning of the 17th Century] (L'empreinte Digitale , 1999)
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Francesco Foggia: In tribulationibus, in angustiis
Bruno Boterf and Gilles Ragon, tenors — A Doi Tenori: [Church duets from Rome, beginning of the 17th Century] (L'empreinte Digitale , 1999)
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Henry Purcell: From Bonduca, Z. 574, "Sing, sing ye druids"
James Bowman and Michael Chance, countertenors, and the King’s Consort — Countertenor Duets by Purcell and Blow (Hyperion, 1992)
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Henry Purcell: From Come ye sons of art, away, Z. 323, "Sound the trumpet"
James Bowman and Michael Chance, countertenors, and the King’s Consort — Countertenor Duets by Purcell and Blow (Hyperion, 1992)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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