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A Purcell Collection / Voces8; Les Inventions

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z 46
>Purcell, Henry : Dido & Aeneas
>Purcell, Henry : Now Does the Glorious Day Appear
>Purcell, Henry : O God, thou art my god, anthem for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass, double chorus & organ, Z. 35
>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur
>Purcell, Henry : The Prophetess
>Purcell, Henry : My heart is inditing, Z 30
>Purcell, Henry : Come Ye Sons of Art
>Purcell, Henry : Ode to St. Cecilia
>Purcell, Henry : Work(s)
>Purcell, Henry : The Tempest
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The young, virtuoso A Cappella ensemble VOCES8 presents a sumptuous collection of early works by Henry Purcell one of England's greatest composers. Joined by the specialist early-music ensemble 'Les Inventions', the group explores Purcell's astoundingly diverse output - anthems, odes, funeral music, semi-operas, masques, sonatas, consort-music, songs and catches - populate his extraordinarily multifaceted oeuvre.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
Every number here has something particularly arresting within it, all supported by persuasive and committed singing, and playing of intense charm.

Early Music Today, Autumn 2014
Most agreeable, with many moments to savour along the way. The performances at times touch excellence... Voces 8 are at their best in more homophonic music, producing admirably balanced performances of considerable breadth and richness...an ideal introduction into at least part of his [Purcell's] world.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2014
Voces8 here make use of their intermediate size...to bring together what would normally be an unlikely Purcell vocal anthology...There are times when I feel that interpretative tricks are missed...but there is no doubting that this disc still offers a rich and enjoyable demonstration of Purcell's genius.

MusicWeb International, 13th June 2014
Even if you have most of Purcell's music on disc in your collection you should not miss this 'sampler'. It includes some of the finest performances I have heard in recent years.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013).



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z 46
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Dido & Aeneas :: To the Hills and the Vales
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Now Does the Glorious Day Appear :: By Beauteous Softness Mix'd with Majesty
  • Performer: Barnaby Smith
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : O God, thou art my god, anthem for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass, double chorus & organ, Z. 35
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1681

>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur :: How Happy the Lover
  • Performers: Sam Dressel; Andrea Haines; Dingle Yabdell
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur :: Cold Song (What Power Art Thou...)
  • Performer: Dingle Yabdell
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Purcell, Henry : The Prophetess :: Behold, O Mightiest of Gods
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : My heart is inditing, Z 30
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1685

>Purcell, Henry : Come Ye Sons of Art :: Bid the Virutes
  • Performer: Emily Dickens (Voice)
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Ode to St. Cecilia
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Come Ye Sons of Art :: Strike the Viol
  • Performer: Barnaby Smith
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Work(s) :: Fairest Isle
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur :: Fairest Isle
  • Performer: Andrea Haines
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Purcell, Henry : The Tempest :: Full Fathom Five
  • Conductor: Patrick Ayrton
  • Ensemble: Les Inventions
  • Notes: Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France (08/12/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695