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Alfred Deller

voc, 1912-1979 GB, Margate
Singer of Classical

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.

        
Genres
  • Classical
  • Folk
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Laudate Pueri (Psalm 112): Laudate Pueri Dominum on Handel: Laudate Pueri, Nisi Dominus by George Frideric Handel, Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort
Music for a while on Purcell: Music for a While by Henry Purcell & Alfred Deller
If Music Be The Food Of Love on The Art Of Alfred Deller: The Counter-tenor Legacy by Alfred Deller
King Arthur: Act III, scene 2: Cold Song. Genius : "What Power art thou" on Baroque Opera by Various Artists
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: Chaconne on Purcell: King Arthur by Henry Purcell, Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort & The King’s Musick
Come again, sweet love on Dowland: Lute Songs by John Dowland, Alfred Deller & Robert Spencer
O Solitude on Purcell: Music for a While by Henry Purcell & Alfred Deller
The Plaint on Purcell: Music for a While by Henry Purcell & Alfred Deller
Dies irae (Gregorian Chant) on Sacred Music by Various Artists
Oedipus (1692), Z. 583) on Music of Henry Purcell by Henry Purcell, Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Henry PurcellHenry Purcell, Kalmar Chamber Orchestra London, Sir Michael Tippett, The Ambrosian Singers, Alfred Deller, Wilfred Brown2015Album
CountertenorAlfred Deller2013Album
Œuvres de Purcell, Bach, CouperinAlfred Deller2012Compil.
FolksongsAlfred Deller2011Album
Christmas Carols And MotetsAlfred Deller, Deller Consort2008Album
Bach: Agnus Dei, Cantates BWV 54 Et 170 / Oeuvres De Purcell, Dowland, Parsons, Campian, BerlettAlfred Deller, Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Leonhardt Baroque Ensemble2008Compil.
King Arthur (2) ; The Folksong RecitalHenry Purcell – Deller Consort & The Deller Choir / The King's Musick / Alfred Deller2007Compil.
King Arthur (1)Henry Purcell – Deller Consort & The Deller Choir / The King's Musick / Alfred Deller2007Compil.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata 170, Cantata 54, Agnus Dei from Mass in B MinorAlfred Deller, Leonhardt Baroque Ensemble2006Album
Purcell : Music For A WhileAlfred Deller2004Album
La Renaissance AnglaiseDeller Consort, Alfred Deller2004Album
Ses premiers enregistrementsAlfred Deller2004Compil.
Portrait Of A LegendAlfred Deller2004Compil.
Deller's ChoiceAlfred Deller With Gustav Leonhardt2003Album
The Masque In DioclesianHenry Purcell - Honor Sheppard • Alfred Deller • Philip Todd • Maurice Bevan, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt2003Album
50 Years Of The Deller Consort (The Early Years 1955-1963)Alfred Deller, Deller Consort2000Album
The Cruel MotherAlfred Deller1998Compil.
De ProfundisMichel Richard Delalande, Honor Sheppard, Mary Thomas, Alfred Deller, Robert Tear, Maurice Bevan, Wiener Kammerchor, Wiener Volksopernorchester1995Album
Inoubliable Alfred Deller. A PortraitAlfred Deller, Wieland Kuijken, William Christie, David Munrow, Richard Lee, Desmond Dupré, Robert Elliott, Robert Spencer, The Consort Of Six, Henry Purcell, John Dowland1995Album
Le Choix De DellerAlfred Deller, Gustav Leonhardt, Marie Leonhardt, Robert Scheiwein1995Compil.
Il Ballo Delle Ingrate / Lamento D'AriannaClaudio Monteverdi, Alfred Deller, Deller Consort1994Album
The English Madrigal School / The Bach GuildAlfred Deller, Deller Consort1994Album
The Cries Of London - The Cruel Mother And Other English Ballads And Folk SongsAlfred Deller, Deller Consort1994Album
Bach / HaendelJohann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Alfred Deller, Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt1994Album
3 Lecons de TenébresFrançois Couperin, Alfred Deller1993Album
Leçons De TenebresFrançois Couperin / Alfred Deller, Philip Todd, Raphaël Perulli, Michel Chapuis1993Album
The Masque In Dioclesian (Instrumental Music For The Play)Henry Purcell, Deller Consort, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Alfred Deller1993Album
INA Mémoire ViveAlfred Deller1992Album
The Fairy QueenDeller Consort, Henry Purcell, Alfred Deller, Stour Music Festival Chamber Orchestra1992Album
Come Ye SonsHenry Purcell, Alfred Deller, Deller Consort1991Compil.
The Three Ravens (Elizabethan Folks & Minstrel Songs)Alfred Deller, Desmond Dupré1991Compil.
Chant GregorienDeller Consort, Alfred Deller1990Album
Olinda Theatre Music & Sacred SongsHenry Purcell, Deller Consort, Alfred Deller1990Album
Lute Songs Vol. II · Come, Heavy SleepJohn Dowland, Alfred Deller, Robert Spencer1989Album
MessesWilliam Byrd - Deller Consort, Alfred Deller1989Album
Welcome To All The Pleasures - OdesHenry Purcell : Deller Consort / Alfred Deller1988Album
O Ravishing DelightAlfred Deller1987Album
Tenebrae IICarlo Gesualdo, Deller Consort, Alfred Deller1985Album
In Memory Of Alfred DellerAlfred Deller1985Compil.
Alfred DellerAlfred Deller / Henry Purcell • Johann Sebastian Bach • Georg Friedrich Händel • Dieterich Buxtehude • Thomas Campion1984Compil.
The Early Recordings: 1949-1953 (Songs And Arias By Dowland, Campion, Rosseter, Purcell & Handel)Alfred Deller1982Compil.
Oude Muziek Rond De JanskerkAlfred Deller • Frans Brüggen • Vocal Ensemble Quink • Desmond Dupré • Robert Spencer1981Album
Music For A WhileHenry Purcell - Alfred Deller, Wieland Kuijken, William Christie, Roderick Skeaping1979Album
King ArthurHenry Purcell - Deller Consort / The Deller Choir / The King's Musick, Alfred Deller1979Album
English Songs & MadrigalsDeller Consort, Alfred Deller1979Album
Lute Songs / Lute Solos / Consort MusicJohn Dowland • Alfred Deller • Robert Spencer, The Consort Of Musicke1978Album
The Art of Alfred DellerAlfred Deller, Deller Consort1977Album
The English Madrigal SchoolAlfred Deller, Deller Consort1977Album
Chansons De Tavernes Et De ChapellesHenry Purcell - Deller Consort, Alfred Deller1977Album
Alexanders FeastGeorg Friedrich Händel, London Oriana Choir, Alfred Deller1976Album
Ode On The Death Of Mr. Henry PurcellJohn Blow, Deller Consort, Alfred Deller1976Album
Elegies Pour Les Rois Et Les PrincesDeller Consort, Alfred Deller1975Album
"Anthems" Pour Soli, Choeurs, Cordes & OrgueHenry Purcell - Deller Consort1975Album
Madrigaux, Ballets & Fantasies, Musica Deo SacraDeller Consort, Thomas Tomkins, Ensemble De Violes De La Schola Cantorum De Bâle, Alfred Deller1974Album
Alfred Deller Solo Volume 2Alfred Deller1973Album
Ode A Sainte Cécile «Welcome To All The Pleasures» (1683) / Ode Pour L'Anniversaire De La Reine Mary «Love's Goddess Sure Was Blind» (1692)Henry Purcell, Deller Consort, Stour Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, Alfred Deller1973Album
Notre Dame Mass / Viderunt Omnes, Sederunt PrinciplesGuillaume de Machaut, Pérotin, Alfred Deller, Deller Consort, Medieval Chamber Ensemble1972Album
Folk SongsAlfred Deller, Mark Deller, Desmond Dupré1972Album
Mass For Three Voices • Mass For Four VoicesWilliam Byrd - Deller Consort, Alfred Deller1972Album
The Fairy Queen (An Opera In Five Parts)Henry Purcell : Deller Consort, Stour Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, Alfred Deller1972Album
Madrigali Amorosi (From The 8th Book Of Madrigals)Claudio Monteverdi, Deller Consort, Alfred Deller1972Album
The Masque In DioclesianHenry Purcell, Alfred Deller, Sally Lesage, Honor Sheppard1972Album
The Lamentations Of Jeremiah The ProphetDeller Consort, Thomas Tallis, Alfred Deller1972Album
Alfred Deller RecitalAlfred Deller1971Album
O Ravishing DelightAlfred Deller1970Album
Ayres • Record OneHenry Purcell * Deller Consort, Alfred Deller1970Album
Tirsi & Clori - Ballets Et MadrigauxClaudio Monteverdi - Deller Consort, Collegium Aureum, Alfred Deller1970Album
Tenebrae ICarlo Gesualdo - Deller Consort, Alfred Deller1970Album
Vocal And Instrumental MusicOrlando Gibbons - Deller Consort, The Jaye Consort1970Album
Les Lamentations de Jéremie Le Prophète ( The Lamentations Of Jeremiah )Thomas Tallis, Deller Consort, Alfred Deller1968Album
Music For A While (The Vocal Art Of Henry Purcell)Henry Purcell - Alfred Deller, April Cantelo, Maurice Bevan, Walter Bergmann And George Malcolm1968Album
Te Deum Et Jubilate Deo / I Guilty Night / Man That Is Born Of A WomanHenry Purcell - Deller Consort, Stour Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, Alfred Deller1968Album
Duets For CountertenorsAlfred Deller, Mark Deller1967Album
Shakespeare Songs And Consort MusicAlfred Deller, Deller Consort, Desmond Dupré1967Album
"Awake Sweet Love" Airs & Partsongs of John DowlandJohn Dowland - Deller Consort, Alfred Deller, Desmond Dupré1966Album
Vanguard Everyman Classics Album of Beloved SongsDeller Consort, Alfred Deller, Desmond Dupré1964Album
Music Of Medieval France - 1200-1400 Sacred And SecularDeller Consort, Alfred Deller, Concentus Musicus Wien1964Album
Madrigal Masterpieces Vol 2Deller Consort, Alfred Deller1963Album
Carols & Motets For The Nativity Of Medieval & Tudor EnglandAlfred Deller, Deller Consort, Musica Antiqua Wien1963Album
Come Ye Sons Of Art - The Bell Anthem - My Beloved Spake‒AnthemHenry Purcell - Alfred Deller, Deller Consort, London Oriana Choir & Oriana Concert Orchestra, Mark Deller1962Album
Seasons GreetingsThe Doctor's Orchestral Society Of New York / Alfred Deller and the Deller Consort1962Single
The Cruel Mother And Other English Ballads And FolksongsAlfred Deller With Desmond Dupré, Deller Consort1961Album
A Musical Panorama Of Shakespeare's EnglandAlfred Deller And The Deller Consort1960Album
Vaughan Williams Folk Song AlbumAlfred Deller And The Deller Consort1959Album
Purcell: Welcome To All The Pleasures (Ode on St. Cecilia's Day 1683) ; Blow: Ode On The Death Of Henry PurcellHenry Purcell, Kalmar Chamber Orchestra London, John Blow, Alfred Deller1959Album
Western Wind And Other Folk SongsAlfred Deller, Desmond Dupré, John Sothcott1959Single
Madrigal MasterpiecesAlfred Deller & Deller Consort1959Album
Western Wind And Other English Folk Songs And BalladsAlfred Deller1958Album
Come Ye Sons Of Art / MiserereHenry Purcell / Jean-Baptiste Lully - Margaret Ritchie / Elsie Morison / Alfred Deller / John Whitworth / William Herbert / Richard Lewis / Bruce Boyce / St. Anthony Singers / Ensemble Orchestral De L'Oiseau-Lyre Conducted By Anthony Lewis1958Album
English Lute Songs (And Six In Nomines)Alfred Deller1958Album
Western Wind And Other English Folk SongsAlfred Deller, Desmond Dupré, John Sothcott1958Album
Music For A WhileAlfred Deller1958Single
The Cries Of LondonDeller Consort / Alfred Deller / April Cantelo / Wilfred Brown / London Chamber Players / The Ambrosian Singers1957Album
Music Of Buxtehude & Lutenist SongsDieterich Buxtehude, Alfred Deller, Denis Vaughan, Eileen McLoughlin, Maurice Bevan, Eli Goren, Leonard Friedman, Anna Shuttleworth, Desmond Dupré1956Album
William Byrd And His Age (Divers Songs For Voice And Viols)Alfred Deller, Wenzinger Consort Of Viols1956Album
Hark, Ye Shepherds! - Carols At ChristmastideAlfred Deller And Deller Consort1956Album
Come Ye Sons Of ArtHenry Purcell - Margaret Ritchie, Alfred Deller, John Whitworth, Bruce Boyce, St. Anthony Singers, Ensemble Orchestral De L'Oiseau-Lyre Conducted By Anthony Lewis, Ruggero Gerlin1956Album
Italian SongsAlfred Deller, Desmond Dupré, George Malcolm1956Album
Ode For St. Cecilia's DayHenry Purcell, Alfred Deller, The Ambrosian Singers, Sir Michael Tippett1956Album
The Holly And The Ivy, Christmas Carols Of Old EnglandAlfred Deller, Deller Consort1956Album
Shakespeare Songs And Lute SolosAlfred Deller & Desmond Dupré1955Album
The English Madrigal School, Vol 2Alfred Deller, Deller Consort1955Album
The Three Ravens (Songs Of Folk And Minstrelsy Out Of Elizabethan England)Alfred Deller With Desmond Dupré1955Album
The English Madrigal School, Vol 1Alfred Deller, Deller Consort1955Album
Elizabethan And Jacobean MusicAlfred Deller1954Album
Music Of Henry Purcell, Jenkins And LockeAlfred Deller, Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke, John Jenkins1954Album
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata 170, Cantata 54, Agnus Dei from Mass in B MinorAlfred Deller, Leonhardt Baroque Ensemble1954Album
MiserereMargaret Ritchie / Elsie Morison / Alfred Deller / William Herbert / Richard Lewis / Bruce Boyce / St. Anthony Singers / Ensemble Orchestral De L'Oiseau-Lyre Conducted By Anthony Lewis1953Album
Acis & GalateaGeorg Friedrich Händel, Deller Consort, Stour Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, Alfred DellerAlbum
Cantates - Préludes Et Fugues (Cantate «Jubilate Domino»)Dieterich Buxtehude - Alfred Deller / Deller Consort / René SaorginAlbum
The English Madrigal School Vol. 3 (Madrigals Of Thomas Morley)Thomas Morley - Deller Consort, Alfred DellerAlbum
Musique De Scène / Airs D'opéras / Odes Et Chants SacrésHenry Purcell - Deller Consort, Alfred DellerAlbum
The Wraggle Taggle GipsiesAlfred Deller, Desmond Dupré, Taylor Recorder ConsortAlbum
Madrigaux & Chansons D'AngleterreDeller Consort, Alfred DellerAlbum
Tenebrae IIICarlo Gesualdo, Deller Consort, Alfred DellerAlbum
The Indian Queen (Opéra En 5 Actes) / Le Masque De Timon D'AthènesHenry Purcell - Deller Consort Direction Alfred DellerAlbum
Te Deum Et Jubilate Deo / I Guilty Night / Man That Is Born Of A WomanHenry Purcell - Deller Consort, Stour Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, Alfred DellerAlbum
Music For A While / If Music Be The Food Of LoveAlfred DellerAlbum
The English Madrigal School: Madrigals Of John Wilbye And Thomas MorleyJohn Wilbye, Thomas Morley, Deller Consort, Alfred DellerAlbum
L'Age D'Or Du Madrigal, Madrigaux Italiens, Anglais, FrancaisDeller Consort, Quatuor Bulgare, René Saorgin, Raphaël PerulliAlbum
John Dowling Lute SongsAlfred Deller, Robert SpencerAlbum
In Darkness Let Me Dwell / Fine Knacks For LadiesAlfred DellerAlbum
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