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Countertenor Duets by Purcell and Blow / James Bowman (countertenor), Michael Chance (countertenor), The KingÆs Consort, Robert King

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Bid the virtues
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
>Purcell, Henry : Sing, sing, ye druids (from "Bonduca"), song, Z. 574/13
>Purcell, Henry : O dive custos
>Purcell, Henry : No, resistance is but vain (from "Maid's Last Prayer"), song, Z. 601/2
>Purcell, Henry : Hark! how the songsters in the grove (from "Timon of Athens"), duet for 2 sopranos, Z. 632/2
>Purcell, Henry : Incassum, Lesbia, rogas, Z 383 "Queen's Epicedium"
>Blow, John : Ah, Heav'n! What Is't I Hear?
>Blow, John : Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, for 2 male altos, 2 recorders, viol & continuo
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording of duets by the great composers of the Restoration is one of the gems of Hyperion's catalogue. It features the celebrated countertenors James Bowman and Michael Chance at the peak of their powers, and the combination of their two voices with the sympathetic accompaniment of The King's Consort creates something uniquely glorious. Purcell was a countertenor himself and in his writing for the voice produced some of his most felicitous music. John Blow, Purcell's predecessor and successor as organist of Westminster Abbey, reached his compositional zenith with the extended duet on the subjects of Purcell's tragic early death and inextinguishable influence.

The Penguin Guide
A sparkling collection which shows both the composer and these fine artists in inspirational form. The performances are joyous, witty and ravishing in their Purcellian melancholy.

Gramophone Magazine
A disc no baroque music anglophile will wish to be without, for it is a vocal tour de force.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 05/14/1987-05/15/1987.



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>Purcell, Henry : Bid the virtues
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael Chance; Robert King (Harpsichord); David Miller (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 05/14/1987-05/15/1987
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: In Vai
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael Chance
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 05/14/1987-05/15/1987
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1692

>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Robert King (Chamber Organ); David Miller (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Notes: 05/14/1987-05/15/1987
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : Sing, sing, ye druids (from "Bonduca"), song, Z. 574/13
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael Chance
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 05/14/1987-05/15/1987
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : O dive custos
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael Chance; Robert King (Chamber Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Notes: 05/14/1987-05/15/1987
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694-1695

>Purcell, Henry : No, resistance is but vain (from "Maid's Last Prayer"), song, Z. 601/2
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael Chance; Robert King (Chamber Organ); David Miller (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Notes: 05/14/1987-05/15/1987
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1693

>Purcell, Henry : Hark! how the songsters in the grove (from "Timon of Athens"), duet for 2 sopranos, Z. 632/2
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael Chance
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 05/14/1987-05/15/1987
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Incassum, Lesbia, rogas, Z 383 "Queen's Epicedium"
  • Performers: Michael Chance; Robert King (Chamber Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 05/14/1987-05/15/1987
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1695

>Blow, John : Ah, Heav'n! What Is't I Hear?
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael Chance; Robert King (Chamber Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Notes: 05/14/1987-05/15/1987
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, for 2 male altos, 2 recorders, viol & continuo
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael Chance
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 05/14/1987-05/15/1987
  • Running Time: 22 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1695