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John Blow (1649-1708): Symphony Anthems / Robert Quinney, Choir of New College Oxford; St. James' Baroque

Album Summary

>Blow, John : God Spake Sometime in Visions for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Blow, John : Hear my voice, O God, verse anthem for chorus, 2 violins, organ & continuo
>Blow, John : O sing unto the Lord a new song, for he hath done, verse anthem for chorus & organ
>Blow, John : When the Son of man, anthem
>Blow, John : When Israel came out of Egypt, verse anthem for chorus, 2 violins, viola, organ & continuo
>Blow, John : I was glad when they said unto me, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

An often overlooked figure, John Blow was a colleague, friend, and mentor of Purcell, and deserves to be acknowledged for the major part that he played in the flourishing of music that came after the Restoration in 1660. This is the first recording by New College Choir under the direction of Robert Quinney, and it features three world premiere recordings of symphony anthems, as well as several ceremonial pieces which were composed for the coronation of James II and the consecration of St. Paul's Cathedral. In addition to the aforementioned works, this release presents the first performance of a newly reconstructed verse anthem in more than 400 years. St. James's Baroque accompanies the New College Choir, performing on period instruments for a truly genuine performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (07/06/2015-07/10/2015).



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>Blow, John : God Spake Sometime in Visions for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Tom Hammond-Davies; Tom Kelly; Thomas Lowen; Brian McAlea; Robert Quinney (Organ); George Robarts; Stephen Taylor (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Ensemble: St. James Baroque Players
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (07/06/2015-07/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1685

>Blow, John : Hear my voice, O God, verse anthem for chorus, 2 violins, organ & continuo
  • Performers: Alexander Chance; Tom Kelly; Thomas Lowen; Brian McAlea; Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Ensemble: St. James Baroque Players
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (07/06/2015-07/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683

>Blow, John : O sing unto the Lord a new song, for he hath done, verse anthem for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Alexander Chance; Tom Kelly; Brian McAlea; Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Ensemble: St. James Baroque Players
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (07/06/2015-07/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : When the Son of man, anthem
  • Performers: Alexander Chance; Tom Hammond-Davies; Brian McAlea; Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Ensemble: St. James Baroque Players
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (07/06/2015-07/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : When Israel came out of Egypt, verse anthem for chorus, 2 violins, viola, organ & continuo
  • Performers: Alexander Chance; Guy Cutting (Treble); Thomas Lowen; Robert Quinney (Organ); George Robarts
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Ensemble: St. James Baroque Players
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (07/06/2015-07/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : I was glad when they said unto me, for chorus
  • Performers: Alexander Chance; Guy Cutting (Treble); Tom Hammond-Davies; Brian McAlea; Sasha Ockenden (Treble); Robert Quinney (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Quinney
  • Ensemble: St. James Baroque Players
  • Notes: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (07/06/2015-07/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1697