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PURCELL, H.: Funeral Music for Queen Mary Anthems (Brown)

PURCELL, H.: Funeral Music for Queen Mary Anthems (Brown)

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Timothy Brown

Conductor

Cambridge Clare College Choir

Choir

Romantic Chamber Group of London

Ensemble

Clare College Choir, Cambridge

Choral

Baroque Brass of London

Chamber

Record Label
Brilliant Classics

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 54:52
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PURCELL, H.: Funeral Music for Queen Mary Anthems (Brown)

     
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HENRY PURCELL

     
 

Morning Service in D Major, Z. 232

 
1 Te Deum 11:36
2 Jubilate Deo 07:20
 Cambridge Clare College Choir Choir
     
3 

My beloved spake, Z. 28

09:32
 Cambridge Clare College Choir Choir
     
4 

O God, thou art my God, Z. 35

03:24
 Cambridge Clare College Choir Choir
     
5 

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry, Z. 25

03:18
 Cambridge Clare College Choir Choir
     
6 

Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z. 50

02:56
 Cambridge Clare College Choir Choir
     
7 

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z. 15

02:04
 Cambridge Clare College Choir Choir
     
8 

March and Canzona in C Minor, Z. 860

02:06
 Romantic Chamber Group of London Ensemble
     
 

Burial Service, Z. 27

 
9 Man that is born of a woman 02:22
10 In the midst of Life 03:40
 Cambridge Clare College Choir Choir
     
11 

March and Canzona in C Minor, Z. 860

02:24
 Romantic Chamber Group of London Ensemble
     
12 

Burial Service, Z. 27

02:52
 Cambridge Clare College Choir Choir
     
13 

March and Canzona in C Minor, Z. 860

01:18
 Romantic Chamber Group of London Ensemble
     
 Timothy Brown Conductor


November 1694 was a busy month for Purcell. First, the triumphant return to London of King William III from the campaign in Flanders saw the composer produce a new anthem depicting the vanquishing of the King’s enemies. Secondly, for the celebration of St Cecilia’s Day, composed not the expected ode, but a Te Deum and a Jubilate. The Te Deum is full of grandeur, with the extra trumpets adding some thrilling drama to sections of the work. The scoring is also intimate, with some of Purcell’s most personal music –especially ‘Vouchsafe, O Lord’, where the piling up of dissonances depicts a cry for mercy remarkable for the period. These two works are masterpieces in Purcell’s output. 

However, the triumph was to be short-lived. In December 1694 a smallpox epidemic swept London, and Queen Mary died on 28 December. Purcell produced some of his greatest music for the Funeral Sentences, which he composed for her burial Setting words found in The Book of Common Prayer, Purcell’s music is moving and austere, and the sense of grief is almost palpable. The muted drums and Flatt trumpets in the Canzona leave a lasting impression on the listener. Purcell himself died eleven months later, aged 36.

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