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Purcell: Hail! Bright Cecilia / The King's Consort

Audio Samples

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The last, and greatest, of Purcell's four Odes to St Cecilia, Hail! bright Cecilia was composed to a text by Nicholas Brady in 1692 in honor of the feast day of Saint Cecilia, patron saint of musicians. It is a celebratory work comprising of masterful instrumental sections, majestic choruses, and varied solos, duets and trios. Written in 1695, Who can from joy refrain? Was composed as an ode celebrating the Duke of Gloucester's sixth birthday. Both these works reveal the unparalleled richness of the composer's musical invention and explain why, more than three hundred years later, Henry Purcell is still regarded as one of Britain's finest composers. The King's Consort and a distinguished line-up of soloists perform this glorious music with a high measure of perfection and flawless technique.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 01/18/1989-01/20/1989.



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 01/18/1989-01/20/1989
  • Running Time: 50 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 01/18/1989-01/20/1989
  • Running Time: 18 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695