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Purcell: Music for Queen Mary / Stephen Cleobury, et al

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Bid the virtues
>Purcell, Henry : Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z 46
>Purcell, Henry : Love's goddess sure was blind (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus, 2 recorders & con
>Purcell, Henry : Music on the Death of Queen Mary (Funeral Sentences / The Queen's Epicedium)
>Purcell, Henry : In the midst of life
>Purcell, Henry : Thou knowest, Lord, Z. 58c
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Notes & Reviews:

For their newest EMI Classics release, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge has collaborated with the Academy of Ancient Music on a richly evocative album of works composed for Queen Mary II by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). One of England's greatest composers, Purcell only lived into his mid-thirties, but during his short lifetime, he worked for three different kings and held the position of organist at Westminster Abbey.

Gramophone Magazine
The AAM's honest and direct playing is pleasantly matched with neatly executed solos.

BBC Music Magazine
In the repertoire on this new disc... Cleobury, King's College, and the AAM prove currently unbeatable. King's College Chapel provides a glorious acoustic, splendidly recorded, bathing the music in resonance but retaining every detail.



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Bid the virtues
  • Performers: Kate Royal (Voice); Jacques Imbrailo (Bass); Oliver Brett (Organ); Rachel Brown (Recorder); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Rachel Beckett (Recorder); Timothy Mead (Countertenor); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Katharina Spreckelsen (Oboe); David Hansen
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2005-04/23/2005)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z 46
  • Performers: Joseph Crouch (Cello); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Alastair Ross (Organ); Nick Morris (Treble); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Edward Saklatvala (Boy Soprano); Joe Adams (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2005-04/23/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Love's goddess sure was blind (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus, 2 recorders & con
  • Performers: Andrew Staples (Tenor); Timothy Mead (Countertenor); Edward Phillips (Treble); Tom Winpenney (Organ); Jacques Imbrailo (Bass); Kate Royal (Voice); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); David Hansen; Alastair Ross (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2005-04/23/2005)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Music on the Death of Queen Mary (Funeral Sentences / The Queen's Epicedium)
  • Performers: Susan Addison (Slide Trumpet); Benedict Hoffnung (Drums); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Philip Bainbridge (Slide Trumpet); Stephen Saunders (Slide Trumpet); David Blackadder (Slide Trumpet); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2005-04/23/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : In the midst of life :: Man that is born of a woman, Z 27
  • Performers: James Browning (Trumpet); John McMunn (Tenor); Edward Phillips (Treble); David Allsopp (Countertenor); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2005-04/23/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : In the midst of life :: In the midst of life, Z 17b
  • Performers: Edward Phillips (Treble); John McMunn (Tenor); David Allsopp (Countertenor); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); James Browning (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2005-04/23/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : In the midst of life :: Thou know'st, Lord, the secrets of our hea
  • Performers: Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); James Browning (Trumpet); John McMunn (Tenor); Edward Phillips (Treble); David Allsopp (Countertenor); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Joseph Crouch (Cello)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2005-04/23/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Thou knowest, Lord, Z. 58c
  • Performers: Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England (04/21/2005-04/23/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1695