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John Blow, Henry Purcell: Odes & Songs ()

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Give credit to countertenors Carlos Mena (from Spain) and Damien Guillon (from France): it's very hard to tell here that you're listening to anything other than native English speakers, and even the booklet, with full texts in English, French, and German, is not really necessary to understand the original words. The music by Blow mentioned on the cover consists only of the Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, used here as a sort of introduction. These are fine performances of Purcell, with a program nicely divided up into ...

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  1. Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, for 2 male altos, 2 recorders, viol & continuo
  2. If ever I more riches did desire, song for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, 2 violins & continuo, Z. 544: Here Let My Life
  3. Arise, my muse (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 320: But Ah, I See Eusebia Drown'd in Tears
  4. Prophetess, or The History of Dioclesian, semi-opera, Z. 627: Symphony for the Flutes
  5. Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323: Strike the Viol
  6. Celestial music did the gods inspire (Ode for Mr. Maidwell's School), ode for soloists, 2 recorders & continuo, Z. 322: Her Charming Strains
  7. Chaconne (Two in One Upon a Ground), for 2 flutes & continuo (from "Prophetess"), Z. 627/16
  8. Prophetess, or The History of Dioclesian, semi-opera, Z. 627: A Song in the Prophetess
  9. Prophetess, or The History of Dioclesian, semi-opera, Z. 627: Symphony for the Flutes
  10. No, resistance is but vain (from "Maid's Last Prayer"), song, Z. 601/2
  11. I lov'd fair Celia, song, Z. 381
  12. Love's goddess sure was blind (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus, 2 recorders & continuo, Z. 331: Sweetness of Nature
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John Blow, Henry Purcell: Odes & Songs
2010, Mirare

UPC: 3760127221098

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