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Purcell - Love's Goddess Sure was Blind

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

The Symphony of Harmony and Invention


Harry Christophers


Neil MacKenzie


Simon Birchall


Simon Berridge


Simon Birchall

bass

Libby Crabtree

soprano

Carys Lane

soprano duet

Libby Crabtree

soprano duet

Simon Berridge

tenor

Simon Berridge

tenor I

Neil MacKenzie

tenor II

David Woodcock

violin

Helen Orsler

violin

The Sixteen



Venue:

St Bartholemews Church, Orford, Suffolk



Producer:

Mark Brown



Engineer:

Mike Hatch



Record Label
Coro Records

Genre:

Choir


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 78:50
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HENRY PURCELL

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Two Latin Motets

 
1 Johova, quam multi sunt hostes mei 5:59
 Simon Berridge tenor
 Simon Birchall bass
2 Miserere mei 1:10
   
 

Funeral Sentences

 
3 Man that is born of a woman 2:38
4 In the midst of life 4:49
5 Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts (first setting) 3:31
   
 

Elegy on the Death of Queen Mary

 
6 Incassum, Lesbia, incassum rogas 7:14
   
 

Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday, 1692 Love's goddess sure was blind

 
7 Symphony 5:06
8 Love's goddess sure was blind this day 3:00
 Simon Berridge
9 Those eyes that form, that lofty mien 1:21
 Simon Birchall
10 Sweetness of nature, and true wit 2:44
 Simon Berridge tenor I
 Neil MacKenzie tenor II
 David Woodcock violin
 Helen Orsler violin
11 Long may she reign over this Isle 2:47
 Libby Crabtree soprano
12 May her blest example chase 2:02
 Neil MacKenzie
13 Many such days may she behold 3:08
 Simon Berridge
 Simon Birchall
14 May she to heaven late return 2:58
   
 

Elegy on the Death of Queen Mary

 
15 O dive custos auricae domus 6:38
 Carys Lane soprano duet
 Libby Crabtree soprano duet
 

The Complete Funeral Music for Queen Mary (1695) Order of Service at The Burial of the Dead

 
 

JAMES PAISIBLE

16 The Queen's Farewell 4:29
 

HENRY PURCELL

17 March 1:43
 

THOMAS TOLLETT

18 The Queen's Farewell 2:51
 

HENRY PURCELL

19 March 1:29
 

THOMAS MORLEY

20 I am the resurrection and the life 1:20
21 I know that my redeemer liveth 1:37
22 We brought nothing into this world 1:41
23 Man that is born of a woman 1:14
24 In the midst of life 1:23
 

HENRY PURCELL

25 Thos knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts 1:57
26 Canzona 2:28
 

THOMAS MORLEY

27 I heard a voice from heaven 1:33


This disc combines some of Henry Purcell’s most powerful masterpieces. Love’s goddess sure was blind, an exuberant tribute to the young Queen Mary, and some of his most eloquent compositions, written for her funeral.
Love’s Goddess Sure was Blind , written in exuberant and florid style for the birthday of the much loved young Queen Mary ends, extraordinarily, with a reflection on the grief her eventual death would provoke. It was less than six years later that the prophesied mourning became a reality, when, in her early thirties, she succumbed to smallpox. Purcell’s eloquent compositions for her funeral are acknowledged as some of his most powerful masterpieces marrying a genuine of expression of grief (Purcell greatly admired the witty, musical Mary) with a characteristic sophistication of style.

"This magnificent contribution … breaks new ground in scholarship, matching it with performances of the highest order ... the elegy O Dive Custos, with the astonishingly boy-like voices of Libby Crabtree and Carys Lane, is the unforgettable high point in this superb tribute to Purcell and his Queen.”


BBC Music Magazine




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