Arise, My Muse

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
British countertenor Iestyn Davies has generally been heard in ensemble situations but has begun to make a distinctive mark with well thought-out solo recitals. This one provides an especially nice niche for him. He doesn't have the slightly mysterious soprano-like sound of a Philippe Jaroussky, but he engages strongly with the text, and he picks a program in such a way as to set a historical scene convincingly. Here he mixes familiar Purcell songs, each delivered with freshness and understanding, with lesser-known pieces like William Croft's "Ye tuneful Numbers: A song with symphonies." These "symphonies" include both a free-standing introduction and good-sized ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
British countertenor Iestyn Davies has generally been heard in ensemble situations but has begun to make a distinctive mark with well thought-out solo recitals. This one provides an especially nice niche for him. He doesn't have the slightly mysterious soprano-like sound of a Philippe Jaroussky, but he engages strongly with the text, and he picks a program in such a way as to set a historical scene convincingly. Here he mixes familiar Purcell songs, each delivered with freshness and understanding, with lesser-known pieces like William Croft's "Ye tuneful Numbers: A song with symphonies." These "symphonies" include both a free-standing introduction and good-sized instrumental preludes to the individual songs, and the entire program shows a variety of composers in Restoration late 17th century England experimenting with the new sounds-extended arias or "airs," edifices erected atop ground basses, concerted instrumental groupings-coming from Italy, and merging them with the older and more melancholy English traditions. Davies' work here with keyboardist Richard Egarr and an instrumental group designated only as "friends" has a relaxed quality that comes only from deep contemplation of the music, and the reaction of the Wigmore Hall crowd, captured nicely by the spoken remarks of Davies at the end, shows that the listeners were deeply involved in the program. Listeners will be as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2014
  • Label: Wigmore Hall Live
  • EAN: 5065000924669
  • Catalog Number: 65
  • Sales rank: 127,737

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Arise, my muse (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 320: Arise, my muse - Thomas D'Urfey & Henry Purcell (2:06)
  2. 2 Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323: Strike the viol - Henry Purcell & William Carter (4:21)
  3. 3 Welcome to all the pleasures (An Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 339: Here the Deities approve - Henry Purcell & William Carter (4:12)
  4. 4 Of old when heroes thought it base (Yorkshire Feast Song), ode for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 333: The pale & the purple rose - Thomas D'Urfey & Henry Purcell (3:23)
  5. 5 Sonata No. 21 ("con tre violini"), for 4 or 5 parts - Giovanni Gabrieli & William Carter (4:05)
  6. 6 Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 328: 'Tis Nature's Voice - Henry Purcell & Nicholas Brady (3:48)
  7. 7 Celebrate this festival (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), ode for 5 soloists, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2 trumpets & continuo, Z. 321: Crown the altar - Henry Purcell & William Carter (2:44)
  8. 8 If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings) - Henry Purcell & William Shakespeare (1:52)
  9. 9 Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731 - Henry Purcell & William Carter (5:13)
  10. 10 Come, Come Along for a Dance and A Song, ode: The Glory of the Arcadian Groves - Jeremiah Clarke & William Carter (2:10)
  11. 11 Amphion Anglicus for voice & continuo: Poor Celadon, he sighs in vain - John Blow & William Carter (4:08)
  12. 12 Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. Overture (11:58)
  13. 13 Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. Cupid's Entry - John Blow & William Carter
  14. 14 Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. Entry: A Dance by a Huntsman - John Blow & William Carter
  15. 15 Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. A Dance of Cupids - John Blow & William Carter
  16. 16 Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. Act Tune (Act 1) - John Blow & William Carter
  17. 17 Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. Act Tune (Act 2) - John Blow & William Carter
  18. 18 Venus and Adonis, masque: Suite. A Ground - John Blow & William Carter
  19. 19 O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406 - Henry Purcell & William Carter (5:57)
  20. 20 King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628: Fairest isle - Henry Purcell & William Carter (5:07)
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Performance Credits
Iestyn Davies Primary Artist
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