Purcell: Music for Queen Mary

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 094634443821
  • Catalog Number: 44438
  • Sales rank: 126,831

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge Primary Artist
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