Alfred Deller

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Alfred George Deller, CBE (31 May 1912 – 16 July 1979), was an English singer and one of the main figures in popularising the return of the countertenor voice in Renaissance and Baroque music during the 20th century.

He is sometimes referred to as the "godfather of the countertenor". His style in singing lute song, with extensive use of rubato and extemporised ornamentation, was seen as radical and controversial in his day but is now considered the norm.

Deller was an influential figure in the renaissance of early music: an early proponent of original instrument performance and one of the first to bring this form to the popular consciousness through his broadcasts on the BBC. He also founded the Stour Music Festival in 1962, one of the first and most important early music festivals in the world.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 The Three Ravens - Elizabethan Folk & Minstrel Songs Alfred Deller 2
1958 Western Wind (and Other English Ballads & Folk Songs) Alfred Deller 2
1967 Shakespeare Songs and Consort Music Alfred Deller, Deller Consort, Desmond Dupré 4
1986 King Arthur Purcell; Deller Consort, Chœur, The King's Musick, Alfred Deller 1
1987 King Arthur (extraits) Purcell; Deller Consort, The King's Musick, Alfred Deller 1
1988 Te Deum & Jubilate Deo Henry Purcell; Deller Consort, Alfred Deller 1
1988 Welcome to All the Pleasures Purcell; Deller Consort, Alfred Deller 1
1991 The Holly And The Ivy - Christmas Carols of Old England Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort 1
1992 Music for a While / O Solitude Henry Purcell; Alfred Deller, Wieland Kuijken, William Christie, Roderick Skeaping 3
1994 Duos de Contre-Ténors (Duets for Counter-Tenors) Alfred Deller, Mark Deller & Ensemble of Baroque Instruments 1
2008 The Complete Vanguard Recordings, Volume Three: Christmas Carols and Motets Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort 1
2010 A Musical Panorama Of Shakespeare's England Alfred Deller 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 The Complete Vanguard Recordings, Volume 2: Music of Henry Purcell Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort 1
The Complete Vanguard Recordings, Volume 1: Folk Songs and Ballads Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort 1
The Complete Vanguard Recordings, Volume 4: Music of Handel Bach and English Renaissance Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort 1
The Complete Vanguard Recordings, Volume 5: English, French and Italian Madrigals Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort 1
The Complete Vanguard Recordings, Volume 6: French and Italian Discoveries 1200-1700 Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort 1

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