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Purcell: Choral and Organ Music [CD]

Jeremy Summerly Audio CD
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  • Performer: Laurence Cummings, Andrew Carwood, Michael McCarthy, Carys-Anne Lane
  • Orchestra: Oxford Camerata
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Composer: Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (10 Mar 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000144U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z. 135Andrew Carwood 7:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z. 50Laurence Cummings 3:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I will sing unto the Lord, as long as I live, Z. 22Laurence Cummings 3:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Voluntary in D minor, Z. 718Laurence Cummings 4:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. O God, thou art my God, Z. 35Laurence Cummings 4:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. O God, the King of glory, Z. 34Laurence Cummings 2:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Voluntary in G major, Z. 720Laurence Cummings 2:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z. 25Laurence Cummings 3:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z. 15Laurence Cummings 2:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Voluntary in C major, Z. 717Laurence Cummings 1:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Blow up the trumpet in Sion, Z. 10Laurence Cummings 6:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. O God, thou hast cast us out, Z. 36Laurence Cummings 3:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Burial Service: March, Z. 860ALaurence Cummings 1:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Burial Service: Man that is born of a woman, Z. 27Laurence Cummings 2:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Burial Service: In the midst of life we are in death, Z. 17ALaurence Cummings 4:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Burial Service: Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts, Z. 58BLaurence Cummings 3:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Burial Service: March, Z. 860ALaurence Cummings 1:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Burial Service: Incassum, Lesbia - The Queen's Epicedium, Z. 383Laurence Cummings 7:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Burial Service: Canzona, Z. 860BLaurence Cummings 2:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Burial Service: Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts, Z. 58CLaurence Cummings 2:300.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Burial Service: March, Z. 860ALaurence Cummings 1:330.89  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Full Anthems - Music on the Death of Queen Mary / Andrew Carwood, ténor - Michael McCarthy, basse - Laurence Cummings, orgue - Oxford Camerata - Jeremy Summerly, direction

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compassion & Redemption 28 Sep 2010
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
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From the opening in the warm acoustic of Hertford College, Oxford, the beautifully blended voices of the Oxford Camerata, led by Andrew Carwood and Michael McCarthy in this piece, radiate a serene compassion, and an almost certain redemption. Whether you believe or not, music this beautiful caresses away the stress and disappointment of our lives. The album is really in two parts: a collection of Purcell's Anthems and Organ Music, followed by his Music on the Death of Queen Mary. The latter obviously is the more integrated and developed piece, and burns with a grave and stately sincerity, crowned by the radiant singing of Carys-Anne Lane in the Queen's Epicedium. This is a memorable and generous collection of Purcell's work, beautifully arranged by Jeremy Summerly, and a real bargain.(Penguin Guide *** recommendation).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb in every way 23 Mar 2013
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This is Purcell performed in his most alluring form: both delicate and with appropriate force. the voices and instruments are wonderful, as is Mr Summerley's direction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such sweet sadness 22 Mar 2010
By Andrew C. Mitchell TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a beautiful CD of full anthems and organ music by Purcell The genius of Purcell's full anthems is found in their heartfelt settings of bible based words with astounding intensity expressed in distinctive counterpoint with personally expressive harmony. Their intensity would suggest Purcell's involvement in the words he is setting. eg. - 'Remember not, Lord, our offences...' ' Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?..' 'O God, thou hast cast us out..'
The CD develops and reveals the mind of Purcell and culminates in that expression of the nation's grief over the death of Queen Mary in her funeral music. (Music that 6 months later would be used for the funeral of Purcell himself.) I feel I understand the Funeral of Queen Mary and have a sense of the devastation brought to the public by her death in the 17th century (as for Princess Diana in our own time.) Again the intensity of the settings reveals the human condition - 'Man that is born of a woman has but a short time to live..' 'In the midst of life we are in death' and the wonderful 'Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts...' The funeral march conveys a sense of the occasion with the 300 sombre old women leading the entourage dressed in black capes. I feel that it is sometimes good to be sad. Grieving has a place in life . This CD does it for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good overview 28 Mar 2008
By William Burn VINE VOICE
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Purcell is well served on disc these days, with excellent recordings (particularly those by the Kings Consort) easily available. This budget offering from Naxos is entering a crowded marketplace, and, on the surface at least, has little to distinguish it from the competition. The choir is the usual bunch of professionals, polished in word and deed, and the accompaniment comes only from a chamber organ (you don't even get a nice gut of baroque strings to fiddle away in the background (I'm not sure what the collective noun for baroque strings are: a gut seems suitable, but at times I would find "murder" or "mob" more appropriate. Clearly "gaggle" is the only apposite word for a group of oboes.))

So why do I give this disc 4 stars? Well, there is the repertoire: Purcell's full anthems (unlike his verse anthems, which are extended compositions with long solo passages and, as I infer above, orchestral accompaniment) are relatively short, quite condensed compositions, but that is where their quality lies. Often the writing seems closer to the early masters of English Protestant music (think Gibbons and Weelkes) than Vivaldi or Handel, but this is more often than not a strength, as it is Purcell's remarkable gift as a composer to create music which simultaneously allows for clear expression of the text, allied to beautiful and moving music. One need only listen to "O God, Thou art my God" to hear this demonstrated to the fullest extent.

The Oxford Camerata's discography largely consists of Renaissance and Medieval music, but I believe that it is in this, slightly later, repertoire, that Summerly really comes into his own. The balance, blend and quality of the singing is outstanding, and I have enjoyed this CD for many years now (I must have owned it for nearly 10 years). If you want a budget, one-disc introduction to a great composer, buy this.
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