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Essential Purcell CD

4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Performer: Susan Gritton, James Bowman, Mark Padmore, Gillian Fisher, John Mark Ainsley, et al.
  • Orchestra: The King's Consort, The Choir of New College Oxford
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Composer: Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZDU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Welcome, Welcome, Glorious Morn
  2. Be Welcome Then, Great Sir
  3. Oh, Fair Cedaria
  4. Hear My Prayer, O Lord
  5. When I Am Laid in Earth
  6. Let Mine Eyes Run Down With Tears
  7. The Sparrow and the Gentle Dove
  8. If Music Be the Food of Love
  9. Rejoice in the Lord Alway, 'The Bell Anthem', Z49
  10. Hosanna to the highest
  11. Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts
  12. Fairest Isle, All Isles Excelling
  13. Mark, how readily each pliant string
  14. Sound the Trumpet
  15. She Loves and She Confesses Too
  16. O how blest is the Isle
  17. Remember Not, Lord, Our Offences
  18. Now That the Sun Hath Veiled His Light
  19. Vouchsafe, o Lord, to keep us this day
  20. With rapture of delight... Hail bright Celcilia

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Airs de "Odes and Welcome Songs", "Secular solo Songs", Anthems and Services"... / B. Bonney - S. Gritton - J. Bowman - M. Chance - R. Covey-Crump - M. Padmore - Ch. Daniels - M. George... - The Choir of New College - King's Consort, dir. Robert King

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The "Essential" Purcell? Well, you could get a bunch of critics to argue about that for a few days, but in the meantime, here is a sampler of highlights from the King's Consort's three admirable Purcell series: the Complete Odes and Welcome Songs, Complete Anthems and Services, and Complete Secular Solo Songs. There are, of course, some of Purcell's most-performed pieces (which probably are "essential"): Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas, "Sound the trumpet" from Come, ye sons of Art, Rejoice in the Lord always (the "Bell Anthem," named for the string figure at the opening that sounds like pealing bells), the gently patriotic "Fairest isle, all isles excelling" (sung by a miscast James Bowman), and a selection from the funeral music for Queen Mary. There are also some delightful surprises--particularly among the little-known secular songs and church music. The plaintive "O fair Cedaria" gets a lovely performance by Barbara Bonney (a singer not usually associated with Purcell); tenor Rogers Covey-Crump (possibly the ideal high tenor for Purcell) sings the enchanting "If music be the food of love"; the church anthems "Let mine eyes run down with tears" and "Remember not, O Lord, our offences" have some startling harmonies as daring as any Monteverdi ever wrote. If you're unfamiliar with Purcell, this reasonably priced disc is a good place to start exploring without a big initial investment. --Matthew Westphal

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Very rarely does a disc come along which hits all the spots: excellent recording quality, perfect pacing, superb track listing and top class performance.

This is one of those discs. It even gets ten out of ten for price: this is one of those budget-priced "sampler" cd's, which, although all the tracks are full-length and unedited, it is geared towards selling the many other releases of Purcell by Robert King.

However don't let this put you off: the running order has been compiled with due care and attention. This album stands up as a classic in its own right.
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Everything with released by "Hyperion" always gets my full attention as this wonderful company always have the highest standards of performance, selection of super-talented artists and the choice of recorded material is literary mind-blowing,it truly changed my life because they seem to avoid commercial direction and obvious paths in favor of lesser known but equally beautiful pieces.In short,if you see "Hyperion" label printed on Cd,go for it.

There is nothing lesser-known about Henri Purcell who,after all is a giant of the whole barque era. His oeuvre is so rich that it would probably take me years to get my head around many different styles he worked in but this CD is a good start for a somebody like me who simply needs some guidance where to start: "Hyperion" has released three series of complete Purcell works and here they presented choice from twenty-five various recordings.

The long and exhausting list of artists here is star-studded: Barbara Bonney, James Bowman, Gillian Fisher, Charles Daniels, Rogers Covey-Crump, Susan Gritton, Mark Padmore... there is something for everybody but I must point at the direction of my beloved Michael Chance who must have been one of my all-time favorite singers in any genre (after all,he is the guy responsible for my "classical bug") and here he shines in a heavenly duet with James Bowman,truly magnificent showpiece for two counter-tenors titled "Sound the trumpet" dating from 1694 royal celebration.

It is such a rich compilation that with repeated listening I am sure to find always different favorites.
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An excellent compilation, just right for an initial introduction to this uplifting and inspiring music that set the scene for so much that followed. A well produced and high quality recording with some excellent vocal performances.
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At a time when the radio is assaulting my ears with Wagner (and worse) it is such a pleasant relief to sit and listen to Purcell, undoubtedly the greatest British composer of all time, and especially when, as here, his music is well performed.

Highly recommended.
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This is very enjoyable, and Dido's 'When I am laid in the cold ground' is especially moving, especially at this time of year! (England in a damp November!)
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Now twenty years old, this anthology, compiled from the complete, multi-CD box sets of the Songs and Anthems by Robert King and the King's Consort (geddit?), offers the perfect sampler for those general listeners who want to get the flavour of one of England's few great composers. The singers are predominately agile, light-voiced tenors and silvery sopranos like the ethereal Barbara Bonney - and, of course, eminent counter-tenors Michael Chance and James Bowman, both in excellent voice and singing "in due" in the celebrated "Sound the Trumpet".

The instrumental sound is tuneful, attuned and in tune; we have long left behind us vinegary strings and approximate intonation, so there is a powerful sense of period appropriateness which enhances these lovely melodies. I'm not quite sure why everything here is vocal, insofar as Purcell wrote some wonderful instrumental music and I would have included something from his viol fantasias and the famous Chacony but any interested punter may acquire these on a bargain label issue.

My favourite piece here is the magnificent, eight-part anthem "Hear My Prayer" which builds and builds over three minutes, culminating in a stunning discord. I have played this disc many times since I bought it so many years ago and can happily attest that it really does include those vocal works which must be called "essential" for a proper appreciation of Purcell; the CD does what it says on the tin.
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A very good recording of an excellent cross-section of Purcell's choral music. It will be of particular benefit to anyone starting to rehearse for a performance that will include the items featured.
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Somewhere, somehow, my CD 'The Essential Purcell' disappeared from its case and I was quite upset. I never thought I would be able to replace it until I did a search on Amazon and to my absolute delight found a copy! Purcell is an incredible composer, at times producing witty lyrics and incredibly soothing music. And when I was at school all those years ago we sang some of his songs, although, of course, at the time I knew nothing of this. So a bit of nostalgia for me. Ok, hardly a well sought after CD, but nice to know it is still obtainable at a very reasonable price.
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