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Arise, My Muse / Iestyn Davies, countertenor; Richard Egarr & friends

Audio Samples

  1. Come Ye Sons of Art (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary II), Z. 323: Arise, My Muse $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Come Ye Sons of Art (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary II), Z. 323: Strike the Viol $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Yorkshire Feast Song, Z. 333: The Pale and the Purple Rose $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Sonata XXI $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Hail! Bright Cecilia, Z.328: ’Tis Nature’s Voice $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Celebrate This Festival, Z. 321: Crown the Altar $0.99 on iTunes
  7. If Music Be the Food of Love (1st setting), Z. 379 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Fantasia, Three Parts on a Ground, Z. 731 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Come, Come Along for a Dance and a Song: The Glory of the Arcadian Groves $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Amphion Anglicus: Poor Celadon, He Sighs in Vain (Loving Above Himself) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Ye Tuneful Numbers. A Song with Symphonies: Symphony $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Ye Tuneful Numbers. A Song with Symphonies: Air. Ye Tuneful Numbers $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Ye Tuneful Numbers. A Song with Symphonies: Air. Tell Her I’m Wounded $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Ye Tuneful Numbers. A Song with Symphonies: Recitative. But Oh Why Shoul’d I Blame This Cruel Fair $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Ye Tuneful Numbers. A Song with Symphonies: Air. When Thousands More, the Same Must Share $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Venus and Adonis: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Venus and Adonis: A Dance by a Huntsman $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Venus and Adonis: A Dance of Cupids $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Venus and Adonis: Act Tune $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Venus and Adonis: Act Tune $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Venus and Adonis: A Ground $0.99 on iTunes
  22. O Solitude, My Sweetest Choice!, Z. 406 $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Spoken Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  24. King Arthur, Z. 628: Fairest Isle $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday, Z 320
>Purcell, Henry : Come ye sons of Art, away, Z 323
>Purcell, Henry : Welcome to all the Pleasures, Z 339
>Purcell, Henry : Yorkshire Feast Song, Z 333
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Buccinate in neomenia tuba
>Purcell, Henry : Hail! bright Cecilia, Z 328
>Purcell, Henry : Celebrate this festival, Z 321
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Come, come along for a dance & a song
>Blow, John : Amphion Anglicus
>Croft, William : Ye tuneful numbers, a song with symphony, for voice & continuo
>Blow, John : Venus & Adonis
>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
>Word, Spoken : Spoken Introduction
>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur, Z 628
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Famed for the crystalline beauty of his voice and the breath-taking daring of his artistry, British countertenor Iestyn Davies returned to Wigmore Hall with a program reaching back to the Restoration Court to reveal the wealth of musical riches of the late 17th-century London.

For this recital, Iestyn Davies and the ensemble stepped beyond the bounds of convention to explore the works with fresh insight, delivering an invigorating yet refined and delicate performance.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
Whilst Davies offers appealing performances of classic works...some of the best things here are the least familiar...A particular highlight is the Suite from Blow's Venus and Adonis...This is a disc that reminds us why live recital programmes are such a valuable part of recorded repertoire.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
After an hour in Iestyn Davies's genial company, 'music for a while' does indeed all our 'cares beguile'...an enthralling stroll throughout Restoration London at its musically most sophisticated.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Richard Egarr (harpsichord); William Carter (theorbo); Bojan Cicic (violin); Mark Levy (viola da gamba); Pamela Thorby (recorder).

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (02/27/2013).



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday, Z 320 :: Arise, my muse
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Come ye sons of Art, away, Z 323 :: Strike the viol
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Welcome to all the Pleasures, Z 339 :: Here the Deities approve
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Yorkshire Feast Song, Z 333 :: The pale and the purple rose
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Buccinate in neomenia tuba
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Hail! bright Cecilia, Z 328 :: 'Tis Nature's Voice
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1692
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Celebrate this festival, Z 321 :: Crown the altar
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1693
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1692-1775
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Clarke, Jeremiah : Come, come along for a dance & a song :: The Glory of the Arcadian Groves
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Blow, John : Amphion Anglicus :: Poor Celadon, he sighs in vain
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Croft, William : Ye tuneful numbers, a song with symphony, for voice & continuo
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Blow, John : Venus & Adonis :: Suite. Overture
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1681.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Blow, John : Venus & Adonis :: Suite. Cupid's Entry
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1681.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Blow, John : Venus & Adonis :: Suite. Entry
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1681.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Blow, John : Venus & Adonis :: A Dance of Cupids
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1681.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Blow, John : Venus & Adonis :: Suite. Act Tune (Act 1)
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1681.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Blow, John : Venus & Adonis :: Suite. Act Tune (Act 2)
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1681.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Blow, John : Venus & Adonis :: Suite. A Ground
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1681.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : Spoken Introduction
  • Performer: Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur, Z 628 :: Fairest isle
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Iestyn Davies (Countertenor); Tabea Debus (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Julia Kuhn (Viola); Julia Kuhn (Violin); Mark Levy (Viol); Stephen Pedder (Violin); Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691
  • Studio/Live: Live