Purcell: Man that is born of a woman, Z27

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The Sixteen - Sounds Sublime

The Sixteen - Sounds Sublime

Includes some of The Sixteen’s most celebrated recordings in this beautiful 2CD digi-pack set


Miserere mei, Deus

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

Magnificat in D major, BWV243: Magnificat anima mea Dominum

Quoniam tu solus sanctus (from Mass in B minor)

Cum Sancto Spiritu (from Mass in B minor)

Cantata BWV50 'Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft'


Agnus Dei


Spring Song (Chorus from The Lark)


Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (from Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45)


Advance Democracy

A Hymn of Saint Columba


La voix du bien-aime (from Le Cantique des Cantiques)


Requiem: Pie Jesu

With the Academy of St Martin in the Fields


Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus

Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest'

Israel in Egypt: Moses & the children of Israel

I will sing unto the Lord (from Israel in Egypt)

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)

Samson: Let the bright seraphim


Crucifixus in 8 parts


Ave verum corpus, K618

With the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

With the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Padilla, J G:

Deus in adiutoriuminin


Kyrie (from Missa Papae Marcelli)


Una hora (from Sept Répons des Ténèbres)

With the BBC Philharmonic


Man that is born of a woman, Z27

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets

Scarlatti, D:

Iste Confessor

Sheppard, J:

Libera nos 1


Spem in alium for eight five-part choirs '40-part Motet'


The Lamb

Hymn to the Mother of God

Teixeira, A:

Te gloriosus Apostolorum Chorus (from Te Deum)


Ave Maria a 8

Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae: O Domine Iesu Christe


Gloria in excelsis Deo (Gloria in D)

Some of the most celebrated recordings from Harry Christophers and his award-winning ensemble. Equally appealing to fans of The Sixteen and those who are new to the group, this disc provides a definitive collection of familiar classics and lesser-known treasures.

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Purcell: Music for a While (Standard)

Purcell: Music for a While (Standard)

Improvisations on Purcell



(Leonard Cohen) – Bonus Track


Twas within a furlong of Edinburgh Town (from The Mock Marriage, Z605)

Music for a while, Z583

Strike the Viol (from Come Ye Sons of Art, Z323)

An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193

In vain the am'rous flute (from Hail, Bright Cecilia!, Z328)

A Prince of glorious race, from Who can from joy refrain?

O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Wondrous machine

Here the deities approve, Z339

Ah ! Belinda

Hark how the songsters of the grove (from Timon of Athens, Z632)

One charming night (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Man that is born of a woman, Z27

Plainte - O, Let Me Weep (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens Z632

Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Raquel Andueza (soprano), Vincenzo Capezzuto (alto), Dominique Visse (countertenor), Gianluigi Trovesi (clarinet) & Wolfgang Muthspiel (acoustic guitar & electric guitar)

L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar

After the intoxicating heat of Mediterraneo, released in 2013, Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata – again in the company of countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, soprano Raquel Andueza and alto singer Vincenzo Capezzuto – now head to the cooler climes of England with Music for a while, an album based on the haunting, graceful and sometimes deeply moving music of Henry Purcell.

Often considered England’s greatest composer, Purcell (1659-1695) represents an especially good match for the aesthetic of L’Arpeggiata: he made frequent use of the ground bass, a repeated (ostinato) figure in the lower line – the most famous instance of this occurs in Dido’s lament ‘When I am laid in earth’, the closing number from his opera Dido and Aeneas. The ground bass provides an ideal foundation for the brilliant, sometimes jazz-like improvisation that is the stock-in-trade of the L’Arpeggiata, here comprising singers, (plucked) strings, wind instruments, keyboard and percussion.

As the New York Times has written: “Just as the composers and ensembles that ply the indie path in new music combine structures and language from contemporary classical styles with gestures and timbres from pop and world music, L’Arpeggiata has lately been hopping through cultures and across centuries. The group uses modern pop vocal inflections and improvisational techniques from jazz in its performances of antique pieces ... Its audacious hybrids are driven principally by a fascination with reviving the Baroque art of ornamental extemporization and a curiosity about how contemporary improvisatory styles might be enlisted in that quest.” When L’Arpeggiata appeared at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel auditorium in 2012, the newspaper reported that: “Here a lean septet combined precision and poise with the intuitive flexibility of a jazz combo.”

The contemporary element in Music for a while (named after a song written for John Dryden’s play Oedipus) is exemplified by the contribution, on acoustic and electric guitar, of Austrian jazz-player Wolfgang Muthspiel, while the Baroque tradition is embodied in the celebrated French countertenor Dominique Visse, a singer who set an example for Philippe Jaroussky; Visse was a student of the pioneering British countertenor Alfred Deller (1912-1979), closely associated with the music of Purcell and the revival of interest in Baroque music.

In the course of 2014, Music for a while will be presented at concerts in Rome, Paris, Grenoble, Berlin, Ludwigsburg and London. When the Mediteraneo programme was presented in London in 2013, The Arts Desk reported that: “Perhaps the best bits of any L’Arpeggiata concert are the improvisations. Laying down a ground bass (a riff by any other name) the group then take it in turns to step forward for jazz-style breaks. Jazz might have come down to us via Africa but I defy anyone to hear a Purcell or Monteverdi ground and not trace the natural genealogy. Pluhar here makes her case without effort as we marvel at plucked bass and drums or – most impressive – a percussion solo for the finest wizard of percussion David Mayoral, giving us a single skin that can shriek, cry or sing according to the strokings of his fingers.”

In Germany, the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten described a concert given by L’Arpeggiata with Philippe Jaroussky as “a rare two-hour feast of music-making. For years, exulting in sound, [Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata] have been demonstrating in the most persuasive way how fresh and timeless ‘old’ music can sound. Pluhar recognises no borders, no divisions between eras. For her, it is all music.”

“Long experienced in fusing Baroque with jazz-inspired performance styles, L'Arpeggiata's approach breathes new life into the Restoration composer, whose ground basses are akin to riffs, his melodies folk-like in their raw simplicity...Baroque instruments and a jazz-style combo mix to intriguing effect” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“most of these songs retain their essential character, and far from having his genius dimmed, Purcell still shines as a writer of songs timelessly receptive to reinterpretation and capable of reaching the heart by the power of melody alone.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

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English Royal Funeral Music

English Royal Funeral Music


I am the resurrection and the life

I know that my Redeemer liveth

We brought nothing into this world

Man that is born of a woman

In the midst of life

I heard a voice from heaven


The Queen’s Farewell


Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: March

Thou know'st, Lord, Z 58b


O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z504

Man that is born of a woman, Z27

In the midst of life, Z 17a

Thou know'st, Lord, Z 58c

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50


A sad Pavan for these distracted times

I am the resurrection and the life

I know that my Redeemer liveth

We brought nothing into this world

I heard a voice from heaven


Death hath deprived me

Les Trompettes des Plaisirs, Lingua Franca & Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier

Much anticipated new release from the Gramophone Record of the Year winning Vox Luminis!

We know now that Purcell’s three Funeral Sentences were not written for the funeral of Queen Mary in 1695. Following the tradition of the English court, it was pieces by Thomas Morley, originally written for the funeral of Elizabeth I, that were sung there. Purcell’s only contribution to the ceremony was the composition of two pieces for slide trumpets (March and Canzona), and the anthem in the archaic style Thou knowest, Lord. During the funeral procession to Westminster Abbey, a band of oboes played two marches written by John Paisible and Thomas Tollet.

This recording assembles the music composed for the funeral of Queen Mary and that used at the funeral of Elizabeth I in 1603. The programme is completed by Purcell’s sublime a cappella anthems and a moving anthem by Weelkes on the death of Thomas Morley.

After the success of the recording of Schütz’s Musicalische Exequien (RIC311), voted Record of the Year by Gramophone magazine, this disc will be one of the major events of spring 2013.

“one might call it a classically 'English' choral sound - but any suspicions of coolness are easily dispelled by the commitment shown to the meaning of both music and text...Once again, Vox Luminis have touched the heart with their calm interpretative intelligence and vocal beauty.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2013

Building a Library

First Choice - April 2015

Ricercar - RIC332



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Purcell: Music for Pleasure and Devotion

Purcell: Music for Pleasure and Devotion


The Indian Queen: Trumpet Overture to Act II

Rondeau from Abdelazer

The Gordion Knot Untied - incidental music, Z597: chaconne

The Indian Queen, Z630: excerpts

If music be the food of love Z379A (first version)

Three Parts upon a Ground in D major - Z731

Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z184

A Ground in Gamut in G major, Z 645

Rejoice in the Lord alway ('The Bell Anthem'), Z49

Voluntary in D minor, Z718

Man that is born of a woman, Z27

In the midst of life, Z 17a

Thou knowest, Lord

Fantazia 8 in D minor, Z. 739

Of all the instruments that are, Z263

The Fairy Queen, Z629: excerpts

Henry Purcell is regarded as the first great master of English Baroque music, and his works find their best interpreters today in Andrew Parrott and his ensemble. Purcell's oeuvre features splendid works written for festive occasions at court as well as dramatic operas and melancholy lute songs. This recording offers a representative cross-section of the composer's work, whose popularity remains unbroken.

“The Theatre Music is a little stiff, but a tidy Bell Anthem, handsome masque from The Fairy Queen and an impeccable Close Thine Eyes make a persuasive Purcell taster.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ****

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British Music Collection - Henry Purcell

British Music Collection - Henry Purcell

Music for the funeral of Queen Mary


Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: March


Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets

Man that is born of a woman, Z27

In the midst of life, Z 17a

Rejoice in the Lord alway ('The Bell Anthem'), Z49

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Voluntary in C major, Z717

Give sentence with me, O God, Z12

Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135

O, I'm sick of life, Z140

A double verse in G

My beloved spake, Z28

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

O God, thou art my god, Z35

Christopher Robson (alto), William Kendall (tenor), Stephen Roberts (bass), Donald Sweeney (bass), Geraint Watkins (treble), Tomothy Pride (alto), Julian Podger (tenor), Peter Butterfield (tenor)

Brandenburg Consort, Baroque Brass of London

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Decca British Music Collection - 4750502

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Henry Purcell: Choral Works

Henry Purcell: Choral Works


Service in B flat major, Z230

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo in D, Z232

Magnificat & Nunc Dimitus in G minor, Z231

O God, thou hast cast us out, Z36

O Lord God of hosts, Z37

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

O God, thou art my god, Z35

Man that is born of a woman, Z27

Thou know'st, Lord, Z 58c

Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135

My heart is inditing, Z30

O sing unto the Lord, Z44

My beloved spake, Z28

They that go down to the sea in ships, Z57

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z46

Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and The English Concert, Simon Preston

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