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