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A must for Purcell Year - or another year!,
This review is from: The Complete Sacred Music of Henry Purcell (Audio CD)
Robert King not only uses the trusted and excellent the Choir of New College, Oxford, but also uses his own Choir of the King's Consort, formed of professional male singers (mostly current or former lay clerks), and for the top line went around the country and handpicked his choristers from various choir schools, much like a 17th century Master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal...
The result, combined with superlative instrumentalists, is utterly wonderful. The tempi are perfectly judged, the choruses are together and snappily sung, the verse sections really get to grips with Purcell's melodic and word-painting styles, but then who wouldn't after singing through the complete sacred music?! The programme notes, as usual for Hyperion, are excellent without being fussy, and the quality of recording remains exemplary.
If all you take away from this is Eamonn O'Dwyer's performance of the Evening Hymn ('Now that the sun hath veiled his light'), then you'll consider yourself blessed.