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Venus & Adonis

A look at three settings of the Venus and Adonis story by composers Henry Desmarest, John Blow, and Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco.

semi-nude woman embracing man

Photo: Cornelis van Haarlem

An early 17th-century painting of Venus and Adonis by Cornelis van Haarlem (Musée des Beaux-Arts).

This week’s edition features three settings of the Venus and Adonis story by composers Henry Desmarest (Naïve), John Blow (HMC), and Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco (K617).

Music Heard On This Episode

Henry Desmarest: Act IV, Scene 6, Entracte
Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset — Venus et Adonis (Naïve, 2007)
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Henry Desmarest: Act IV, Scene 6, Entracte
Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset — Venus et Adonis (Naïve, 2007)
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John Blow: Act II, A Ground
Clare College Chapel and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Rene Jacobs — Venus & Adonis (HMC, 1999)
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Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco: Scene 5, Xacara and “Oh tú, que venciendo a todos”
Ensemble Elyma/Gabriel Garrido — La Purpura de la Rosa (K617 , 2000)
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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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