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Mr. Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures ()

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James Bowman's 1988 recording with Robert King and the King's Consort points up the overwhelming significance of vocal music in Henry Purcell's output, though it does so to the utter exclusion of any of his instrumental works. While other compilations of Purcell's songs usually include a smattering of consort pieces for the sake of variety, Bowman's is sung from start to finish, and in most cases this British countertenor is supported only by basso continuo. Appreciating this Hyperion recording, then, requires a liking or ...

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  1. We sing to Him whose wisdom form'd the ear, sacred song for soprano, chorus of soprano & bass & continuo, Z. 199
  2. What Shall I Do? (from "Prophetess"), prelude and aria for soprano, Z. 627/18
  3. How long, great God?, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 189
  4. Not all my torments can your pity move, song, Z. 400
  5. Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2
  6. Fairest Isle (from "King Arthur"), aria for soprano, Z. 628/38
  7. Hears not my Phyllis (The Knotting Song), song, Z. 371
  8. O let me weep ("The Plaint" from "The Fairy Queen"), aria, Z. 629/40
  9. Ye tuneful muses (Welcome Ode for Charles II), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 344: With him he brings the partner of his throne
  10. Ah! How sweet it is to love (from "Tyrannic Love"), song, Z. 613/2
  11. Celia has a thousand charms (from "The Rival Sisters, or, The Violence of Love"), song, Z. 609
  12. The fatal hour comes on apace, song, Z. 421
  13. If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings)
  14. One charming night (from "The Fairy Queen"), alto aria, Z. 629/13
  15. Since from my dear Astrea's sight (from "Prophetess"), aria for soprano, Z. 627/App2
  16. Welcome to all the pleasures (An Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 339
  17. Now that the sun hath veiled his light, sacred song for soprano & continuo ("An Evening Hymn"), Z. 193
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Mr. Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures
2009, Hyperion

UPC: 034571153032


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