Purcell: Music for Queen Mary

Purcell: Music for Queen Mary

by Choir of King's College, Cambridge
     
 
Had Purcell not written so much that was so great, his early death would not have been such a loss for English music. Yet had he not written so much that was so great, his posthumous fame would not bring such glory to English music. In this disc collecting the best known of his works written for Queen Mary, the full emotional range of

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Had Purcell not written so much that was so great, his early death would not have been such a loss for English music. Yet had he not written so much that was so great, his posthumous fame would not bring such glory to English music. In this disc collecting the best known of his works written for Queen Mary, the full emotional range of Purcell's art is wondrously displayed from the massively celebratory "Come, ye sons of art away," to the delicately sentimental "Love's goddess sure was blind," to the solemnly melancholy "Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary." Sung here with a full tone and a brawny voice by the Choir of King's College Cambridge and directed with a marvelous combination of drama and lyricism by Stephen Cleobury, Purcell's music is treated with great respect and deep admiration. While one might wish for greater confidence in the youthful soloists -- soprano Kate Royal and countertenors David Hansen and Tim Mead do occasionally waver -- the adult soloists -- tenor Andrew Staples and bass Jacques Imbrailo -- are strong and secure. The Academy of Ancient Music, with harpsichordist Alastair Ross, is colorful, graceful, and always right there for the singers. There have been many fine-sounding recordings of these works in the past, but EMI's digital sound is especially warm and nicely detailed -- plus very nearly overwhelming in the tympani tattoos that start the Funeral Music.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0094634443821
catalogNumber:
44438

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Tracks

  1. Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323  - Henry Purcell  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Rachel Beckett  - Rachel Brown  - Richard Campbell  - Paula Chateauneuf  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Alastair Ross  - Katharina Spreckelsen  - Nahum Tate  - Joseph Crouch  - Timothy Mead  - Kate Royal  - Oliver Brett  - Jacques Imbrailo  - David Hansen
  2. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, anthem for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass, chorus, 2 violins, viola & organ, Z. 46  - Henry Purcell  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Richard Campbell  - Paula Chateauneuf  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Alastair Ross  - Joseph Crouch  - Edward Saklatvala  - Joe Adams  - Nick Morris
  3. Love's goddess sure was blind (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus 2 recorders and continuo, Z. 331  - Henry Purcell  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Richard Campbell  - Paula Chateauneuf  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Alastair Ross  - Charles Sedley  - Joseph Crouch  - Timothy Mead  - Tom Winpenney  - Andrew Staples  - Kate Royal  - Jacques Imbrailo  - Edward Phillips  - David Hansen
  4. Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Z. 860  - Henry Purcell  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Susan Addison  - Philip Bainbridge  - David Blackadder  - Richard Campbell  - Paula Chateauneuf  - Stephen Cleobury  - Benedict Hoffnung  - Alastair Ross  - Stephen Saunders  - Joseph Crouch
  5. Funeral Sentences (for the funeral of Queen Mary), Z. 27: Man that is born of a woman, Z 27  - Henry Purcell  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Richard Campbell  - Paula Chateauneuf  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Alastair Ross  - Joseph Crouch  - John McMunn  - David Allsopp  - James Browning  - Edward Phillips
  6. Funeral Sentences (for the funeral of Queen Mary), Z. 27: In the midst of life, Z 17b  - Henry Purcell  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Richard Campbell  - Paula Chateauneuf  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Alastair Ross  - Joseph Crouch  - John McMunn  - David Allsopp  - James Browning  - Edward Phillips
  7. Funeral Sentences (for the funeral of Queen Mary), Z. 27: Thou know'st, Lord, the secrets of our hearts, Z 5  - Henry Purcell  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Richard Campbell  - Paula Chateauneuf  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Alastair Ross  - Joseph Crouch  - John McMunn  - David Allsopp  - James Browning  - Edward Phillips
  8. Thou know'st, Lord (2nd setting), anthem for chorus, slidetrumpets & organ, Z. 58c  - Henry Purcell  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Richard Campbell  - Paula Chateauneuf  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Alastair Ross  - Joseph Crouch

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