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This review is from: Purcell: Music For Queen Mary (Audio CD)
I have to disagree with pretty much every aspect of Mr Gaunt's review. He may not like the sound of David Hansen's voice, but there can be no denying the immense skill of this singer, Admittedly, Sound the Trumpet is sung, unusually, with the two voices as equal partners, and this may be disconcerting to some (contrast with Bowman/Chance to see what i mean), but it seems to me a perfectly valid interpretation, and one that is in keeping with Purcell's avoidance of blandness. To my ears the blend of the voices works very well.
The tempi throughout are well-judged, and the ensemble is never less than exemplary.
When it comes to the Funeral Sentences, again I think it is simply a matter of taste, and in particular about the blend of the soli. the performance struck me as fine.
This is one listener who won't be searching out the version of 30 years ago. It may be that the change in performance styles over that period is more noticeable with Purcell than with some other composers, but I for one am in no hurry to return.