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SIG 375

A Purcell Collection - Voces8/Inventions

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Voces8


Les Inventions



Venue:

France

12-16 August 2013

Producer:

Nicholas Parker



Engineer:

Andrew Mellor



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Vocal & Song




Total Time - 70:15
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HENRY PURCELL

1 

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem

7:25
2 

To the Hills and the Vales

2:30
3 

By Beauteous Softness Mix'd with Majesty

3:34
  Barnaby Smith countertenor  
4 

O God, Thou Art my God

3:51
5 

How Happy the Lover

6:19
  Andrea Haines soprano, Samuel Dressel tenor, Dingle Yandell bass  
6 

'Cold Song' (What Power Art Thou...)

4:26
  Dingle Yandell bass  
7 

Behold, O Mightiest of Gods

3:22
8 

My Heart is Inditing of a Good Matter

15:03
9 

Bid the Virtues

3:17
  Emily Dickens, soprano  
10 

Hail! Bright Cecilia

4:20
11 

Strike the Viol

3:55
  Barnaby Smith, countertenor  
12 

Second Dirge Anthem (Morley) / Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts

5:09
13 

Fairest Isle

4:40
  Andrea Haines soprano  
14 

Full Fathom Five

2:24
  TT 70:15      
   
  Artistic Direction: Patrick Ayrton & Barnaby Smith  
   

The young, virtuoso a cappella ensemble VOCES8 returns to Signum with this sumptuous collection of early works by Henry Purcell. Joined by the specialist early music ensemble Les Inventions, the group explores Purcell’s astoundingly diverse output – there is hardly a genre in which Purcell did not express himself: anthems, odes, funeral music, semi-operas, masques, sonatas, consort music, songs, and catches populate his extraordinarily multifaceted œuvre. It is this astonishing diversity that we wish to celebrate by inviting the listener for a stroll through the world of one of England’s greatest composers.

‘Those of a curious disposition would be well advised here. If you enjoyed Eventide from VOCES8 then certainly give this a try.’ David Mellor, Classic FM



"... a rich and enjoyable demonstration of Purcell’s genius."

Lindsay Kemp - Gramophone magazine - July 2014


"...What completely lifts this CD our of the ordinary, making it stand head and shoulders above other similar collections, is the commitment and expertise brought to this glorious music by VOCES8 and Les Inventions under the artistic direction of Patrick Ayrton and Barnaby Smith. If anyone ever doubts Purcell’s consummate genus, this CD - beautifully recorded and executed - ought to convince them. A great introduction to Purcell’s many guises." *****

Philip Reed - Choir & Organ magazine - July/August 2014


 "...This is a lovely collection, reflective of the composer’s eclectic talents, and beautifully performed."

D.James Ross - Early Music Review 160 - June 2014


                          Choral & Song Choice

      Performance *****        Recording *****

"... every number here has something particularly arresting within it, all supported by persuasive and committed singing, and playing of intense charm. Recorded sound, though stereo only, envelops the performers in the spacious warming accoustic of a French church."

George Pratt - BBC Music magazine - June 2014




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