Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King James II

Coro: COR16151

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Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King James II

Label:

Coro

Catalogue No:

COR16151

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st Sept 2017

Barcode:

0828021615122

Length:

63 minutes

Medium:

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Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King James II


Purcell:

Chacony in G minor - for Two Violins, Viola and Bass Z730

When on my sick bed I languish, Z144

True Englishmen drink a good health (Catch No. 45), Z284

Ye tuneful Muses (Welcome Song for James II, 1686)

A New Irish Tune Z646

God is gone up with a merry noise (Canon a 7), Z107

A New Scotch Tune Z 655

Save me, O God, Z51

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335


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Despite being written for the celebration of royal occasions, Purcells Royal Welcome Songs were penned during a time of immense disillusionment with the monarchy. Filled with humour as well as an ironic detachment from the politics of the time, Ye tuneful muses and Sound the trumpet fizz with the dramatic energy which characterised his later operas and mark a crucial turning point in Purcells career. This programme showcases the variety and diversity of Purcells writing, opening with the Chacony in G minor, which is among the great glories of music for strings, and including When on my sick bed I languish - an amazingly impassioned piece in which he bares his soul...quintessential Purcell!

Henry Purcell: Chacony in G Minor, Z.730

Chacony in G Minor, Z.730

Henry Purcell: When On My Sick Bed I Languish, Z.144

When On My Sick Bed I Languish, Z.144

Henry Purcell: Catches: No. 45, True Englishmen Drink a Good Health, Z.284

Catches: No. 45, True Englishmen Drink a Good Health, Z.284

Henry Purcell: "Ye Tuneful Muses" Z.344

I. Symphony

II. "Ye Tuneful Muses, Raise Your Heads"

III. "This Point of Time Ends All Your Grief"

IV. "In His Just Praise Your Noblest Songs Let Fall"

V. "Try, Try Ev’ry Strain"

VI. "From the Rattling of Drums and the Trumpet’s Loud Sounds"

VII. "With Him He Brings the Partner of His Throne"

VIII. "Happy in a Mutual Love"

IX. "Whilst in Music and Verse Our Duty We Show"

Henry Purcell: A New Irish Tune in G Major, Z.646 "Lilliburlero"

A New Irish Tune in G Major, Z.646 "Lilliburlero"

Henry Purcell: Hymns and Sacred Songs: Canon a 7, God is Gone Up With a Merry Noise, Z.107

Hymns and Sacred Songs: Canon a 7, God is Gone Up With a Merry Noise, Z.107

Henry Purcell: A New Scotch Tune in G Major, Z.655

A New Scotch Tune in G Major, Z.655

Henry Purcell: Full Anthem "Save Me, Oh God", Z.51

Full Anthem "Save Me, Oh God", Z.51

Henry Purcell: "Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drum", Z.335

I. Symphony

II. Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drum

III. Crown the Year, and Crown the Day

IV. To Caesar All Hail, Unequall’d in Arms!

V. Let Caesar and Urania Live

VI. What Greater Bliss Can Fate Bestow

VII. While Caesar, Like the Morning Star

VIII. To Urania and Caesar Delights Without Measure

Sunday Times

27th August 2017

“In Ye Tuneful Muses and Sound the Trumpet, the Sixteen’s vocal forces are halved, permitting immaculately stylish singers to shine as 'soloists': Kirsty Hopkins and Katy Hill perform a beguiling duet in the first 'Song'; Daniel Collins and Jeremy Budd are hardly less compelling in Let Caesar [James] and Urania [Mary] Live, in the second.”

The Observer

27th August 2017

****

“Christophers coaxes virtuosic performances from eight members of the Sixteen, with a fine band of period instrumentalists revelling in the glories of Purcell’s unique harmonic palette. Recommended.”

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