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Purcell: Anthems

Purcell: Anthems


Purcell:

They that go down to the sea in ships, Z57

Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135

My beloved spake, Z28

O sing unto the Lord, Z44

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

Who hath believed our report?, Z64

Behold, I bring you glad tidings, Z2

In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust, Z16

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo in D, Z232

Funeral Sentances

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

March and Canzona in C minor

Thou knowest, Lord

I was glad when they said unto me, Z19

O Lord God of hosts, Z37

O give thanks unto the Lord, Z33


Purcell wrote so much in so many different spheres of musical activity that it is easy to forget that one of his main tasks was to be a royal composer, to provide music for the occasions of State in Westminster Abbey, just as the Gabrielis had done for the Doge at St Mark’s, or Lully for the French monarchs at Versailles. One of the most notable – and highly praised – accounts of Purcell’s choral music came from the Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, conducted by George Guest. They made three records for Argo – in 1964, 1972 and 1975 – covering Purcell’s Music for the Chapel Royal, a selection of Verse Anthems, the Te Deum and Jubilate and other works. The three are collected on a 2CD set. Texts are included in the booklet.

“Vibrant readings of some of Purcell's best loved choral works unalloyed by 'authentic' prissiness” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 ****

“The impact of Inia Te Wiata's entry in They that go down to the sea in ships is almost sensational … Outstanding among the soloists is the counter-tenor, Charles Brett. The orchestral playing is sprightly, the choral singing polished” Gramophone Magazine

“The performances are excellent. James Bowman is in splendid voice and he is well matched by Charles Brett (in this music, the others are really a supporting cast to the countertenors). The orchestra plays with its usual sensitivity of tone and nuance. As for Mr. Guest, he understands the Funeral Sentences in no mean manner, for it is easy to overdo the pain or to adopt the stiff upper lip, yet he manages to combine the two in goodly proportion” Gramophone Magazine

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British Music Collection - Henry Purcell

British Music Collection - Henry Purcell

Music for the funeral of Queen Mary


Purcell:

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: March

Canzona

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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Henry Purcell: Choral Works

Henry Purcell: Choral Works


Purcell:

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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My Beloved Spake

My Beloved Spake

Anthems by Henry Purcell & Pelham Humfrey


Humfrey:

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in E minor from Evening Service

O Lord my God

Purcell:

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

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

My beloved spake, Z28

O sing unto the Lord, Z44

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135

Behold now, praise the Lord, Z3


Iestyn Davies (counter-tenor), James Gilchrist (tenor), David Stout (baritone) & Neal Davies (bass)

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge & St John’s Sinfonia, Andrew Nethsingha

Established in the 1670s, the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge is today one of the finest college choirs in the world, known and loved by millions for its recordings and concert tours. On this album, the Choir and St John’s Sinfonia, conducted by Andrew Nethsingha, perform works by Henry Purcell and Pelham Humfrey. They are joined by four soloists: Iestyn Davies, James Gilchrist, David Stout, and Neal Davies.

Humfrey was an English composer of the seventeenth century, known mainly for his verse anthems. Being well travelled, he produced works that in their vocal character show the influence of Italian music, and in the instrumental writing that of French music. That said, from these major foreign influences Humfrey forged a personal style that is uniquely English. Although as a composer he was generally forward-looking, his music also shows sub-elements of the English Golden Age of yesteryear. O Lord my God, for instance, is influenced by John Dowland’s celebrated Lachrimae Pavan of almost eighty years earlier.

In contrast, the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis were composed simply to be liturgically appropriate, with a text setting that is naturalistic and direct. Humfrey died at the age of twenty-seven, but even at this young age, he exerted a strong influence on his peers, including Henry Purcell, who as a young boy sang treble in Humfrey’s Chapel Royal Choir.

The works by Purcell recorded here range from works written when the composer was in his teenage years (Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei being a masterly example) to the crowning glory of the recording, O sing unto the Lord, which Purcell wrote when he was in his thirties, and compositionally on fire. At this stage of his career no other composer could touch him. Instruments and voices sing from the same hymn sheet, form and content are inseparable, past and present musical styles seamlessly intermingle, technique and virtuosity are indistinguishable from each other – and soloists and choir mesh together in a dazzling and life-affirming way.

“Nethsingha juxtaposes such relatively unfamiliar fare with masterpieces including O Sing unto the Lord. He is a committed custodian of the Oxbridge choral tradition, as are his fine soloists” Sunday Times, 2nd December 2012

“It is nice these days to have a chance to hear some of Purcell's church anthems sung by a choir of boys and men...It is in integrated works such as O Lord my God, where the expressive urgency of this choir's soloists can rub off, that the choir is at its best; less successful are the more patchwork pieces” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

“The warm continental sound of the boys' voices might sometimes bestow an unexpectedly 'foreign' accent on this music (albeit shot through with imports from France and Italy), but the commitment, intensity and lucidity compels. And Nethsingha has assembled a formidable team.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2013 ****

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Purcell: Sacred Music

Purcell: Sacred Music


Purcell:

My beloved spake, Z28

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo in D, Z232

O Lord, thou art my God Z41

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: Funeral Sentences


November 1694 was a busy month for Purcell. First, the triumphant return to London of King William III from the campaign in Flanders saw the composer produce a new anthem depicting the vanquishing of the King’s enemies. Secondly, for the celebration of St Cecilia’s Day, composed not the expected ode, but a Te Deum and a Jubilate. The Te Deum is full of grandeur, with the extra trumpets adding some thrilling drama to sections of the work. The scoring is also intimate, with some of Purcell’s most personal music – especially ‘ Vouchsafe, O Lord’, where the piling up of dissonances depicts a cry for mercy remarkable for the period.

These two works are masterpieces in Purcell’s output. However, the triumph was to be short-lived. In December 1694 a smallpox epidemic swept London, and Queen Mary died on 28 December. Purcell produced some of his greatest music for the Funeral Sentences, which he composed for her burial Setting words found in The Book of Common Prayer, Purcell’s music is moving and austere, and the sense of grief is almost palpable. The muted drums and Flatt trumpets in the Canzona leave a lasting impression on the listener. Purcell himself was dead eleven months later, aged 36.

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Canticum Canticorum

Canticum Canticorum


Charpentier, M-A:

Petit motet Dilecti mi H436

Pulchra es et decora, H. 52

Dunstaple:

Quam pulchra es

Lasso:

Veni in hortum meum

Marais, M:

Passacaille

Mazzocchi, D:

Dialogo della cantica

Palestrina:

Osculetur me osculo oris sui

Purcell:

My beloved spake, Z28

Schütz:

Concert: Anima mea liquefacta est SWV 263, 264

Ego dormio (et cor meum vigilat)

Vulnerasti cor meum

Tomkins:

My beloved spake

Walton:

Set me as a seal upon thine heart

Willan:

Rise up, my love

I beheld her


Les Voix Baroques, Matthew White, Stephen Stubbs

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Purcell: Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1692), Z328, etc.

Purcell:

Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1692), Z328

Ode for St Cecilia's Day

My beloved spake, Z28

Verse anthem

O sing unto the Lord, Z44

Verse anthem


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Purcell - Verse Anthems

Purcell - Verse Anthems


Purcell:

My heart is inditing, Z30

O sing unto the Lord, Z44

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

Voluntary in D minor, Z719

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z46

My beloved spake, Z28


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Choral Classics from Cambridge

Choral Classics from Cambridge


Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

anon.:

Hark! A Herald voice is calling

Attwood, T:

Psalm 50

Bairstow:

Lord, thou hast been our refuge

Bernstein:

Chichester Psalms

Boyle, M C:

Thou, O God, art praised

Brahms:

How lovely are Thy dwellings

Bruckner:

Locus iste, WAB 23

Byrd:

Civitas Sancti Tui

Ave verum Corpus

Cavalli:

Salve Regina

Despres:

La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem

Absalon Fili Mi

Duruflé:

Requiem, Op. 9: Pie Jesu

Dyson:

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in D

Elgar:

Ave verum corpus, Op. 2 No. 1

Fauré:

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Gesualdo:

O Vos Omnes

Gregorian Chant:

Vespers for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Grieg:

Ave Maris Stella

Harris, W:

Bring us, O Lord God

Hassler, H L:

Ave Maris Stella, hymn

Haydn:

Insanae et vanae curae

Howells:

Voluntary - Psalm Prelude in D

Kirbye:

Vox in Rama

Lotti:

Crucifixus

Mendelssohn:

Elijah: Denn er hat seinem Engeln

Mozart:

Ave verum corpus, K618

Palestrina:

Stabat mater

Super flumina Babylonis

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria

Poulenc:

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Litanies à la Vierge noire

Exultate Deo

Salve Regina

Purcell:

My beloved spake, Z28

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo in D, Z232

O Lord, thou art my God Z41

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: Funeral Sentences

Rachmaninov:

Hymn of the Cherubim

Radcliffe:

Preces

Responses

Ramsey, R:

How are the mighty fallen

Rossini:

O salutaris hostia

Rutter:

Gloria

Stanford:

O for a closer walk with God, Op. 113 No. 6

Tallis:

Lamentations of Jeremiah I

Tomkins:

When David Heard

Victoria:

O vos omnes

Vivanco:

Magnificat octavi toni

Weelkes:

When David Heard

Wesley, S S:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace


5 CD + CD ROM of booklet notes and sung texts

CD 1: Lamentation

CD 2: Henry Purcell

CD 3: Evensong & Vespers at King's - Vespers for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Evenson for Advent

CD 4: Sacred Choral Favourites

CD 5: Works by Rutter, Bernstein & Poulenc

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