Alfred Deller, Music Of Purcell, Jenkins And Locke

Anastasia Tsioulcas

By Anastasia Tsioulcas

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Sixty years ago, if you had asked classical experts to predict the future popularity of countertenors — that odd vocal category in which men sing sustained falsettos — chances are quite good that they would have laughed at you. The idea of now-mainstream countertenor stars like David Daniels and Bejun Mehta would have been absurd. But thanks to the efforts of singer and conductor Alfred Deller (1912-1979) and other early music pioneers, the idea of singing pre-Baroque music in a period-practice style, using countertenors extensively, became a new norm. In this 1954 recording, Deller courses through music by three 17th-century English composers: Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke and John Jenkins.