John Blow: Odes & Songs / Guillon

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>Blow, John : Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, for 2 male altos, 2 recorders, viol & continuo
>Purcell, Henry : Z. 544
>     Here Let My Life
>Purcell, Henry : Z. 320
>     But Ah, I See Eusebia Drown'd in Tears
>Purcell, Henry : The Prophetess
>     Symphony for the Flutes
>     Symphony for the Flutes
>Purcell, Henry : Z. 323
>     Strike the Viol
>Purcell, Henry : Z. 322
>     Her Charming Strains
>Purcell, Henry : Chaconne (Two in One Upon a Ground), for 2 flutes & continuo (from "Prophetess"), Z. 627/16
>Purcell, Henry : Z. 627
>     A Song in the Prophetess
>Purcell, Henry : No, resistance is but vain (from "Maid's Last Prayer"), song, Z. 601/2
>Purcell, Henry : I loved fair Celia, Z. 381
>Purcell, Henry : Z. 331
>     Sweetness of Nature

Album Summary

>Blow, John : Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, for 2 male altos, 2 recorders, viol & continuo
>Purcell, Henry : Z. 544
>Purcell, Henry : Z. 320
>Purcell, Henry : The Prophetess
>Purcell, Henry : Z. 323
>Purcell, Henry : Z. 322
>Purcell, Henry : Chaconne (Two in One Upon a Ground), for 2 flutes & continuo (from "Prophetess"), Z. 627/16
>Purcell, Henry : Z. 627
>Purcell, Henry : No, resistance is but vain (from "Maid's Last Prayer"), song, Z. 601/2
>Purcell, Henry : I loved fair Celia, Z. 381
>Purcell, Henry : Z. 331
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

There is no record of how Purcell’s unprecedented youthful genius was received by his contemporaries at this time, though it seems logical that it must have caused considerable wonder in the musical world centered around Westminster. The reality of London musical life was in fact difficult, frenetic and grossly underfunded, and, along with the whole city, was thrown into confusion with the outbreak of the plague, the war with the Dutch and a catastrophic fire. In the midst of this chaos, a lifelong friendship developed with Blow, who relinquished his post as organist at Westminster Abbey to the twenty year-old Purcell in 1679. Was it an act of simple generosity alone — or was it also recognition of a bewildering superiority and the inevitable need to stand aside? The listener can decide with this selection of odes and songs by both composers. Countertenor soloists Carlos Mena and Damien Guillon are backed by the stylish and adept accompaniment of Philippe Pierlot and his Ricercar Consort. These two remarkable singers present a deeply emotional program to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Purcell’s birth.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Temple de Lourmarin (10/2009).



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>Blow, John : Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, for 2 male altos, 2 recorders, viol & continuo
  • Performers: Damien Guillon (Countertenor); Carlos Mena (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 22 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Z. 544 :: Here Let My Life
  • Performer: Carlos Mena (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>Purcell, Henry : Z. 320 :: But Ah, I See Eusebia Drown'd in Tears
  • Performer: Damien Guillon (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : The Prophetess :: Symphony for the Flutes
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : Z. 323 :: Strike the Viol
  • Performer: Carlos Mena (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Z. 322 :: Her Charming Strains
  • Performer: Damien Guillon (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Chaconne (Two in One Upon a Ground), for 2 flutes & continuo (from "Prophetess"), Z. 627/16
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : Z. 627 :: A Song in the Prophetess
  • Performer: Carlos Mena (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : The Prophetess :: Symphony for the Flutes
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : No, resistance is but vain (from "Maid's Last Prayer"), song, Z. 601/2
  • Performers: Damien Guillon (Countertenor); Carlos Mena (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1693

>Purcell, Henry : I loved fair Celia, Z. 381
  • Performer: Carlos Mena (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Z. 331 :: Sweetness of Nature
  • Performers: Damien Guillon (Countertenor); Carlos Mena (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1692