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Purcell: The Complete Odes and Welcome Songs / Robert King

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Arise, my muse (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 320
>Purcell, Henry : Welcome to all the pleasures, Z 339 "Ode for St Cecilia's Day"
>Purcell, Henry : Now does the glorious day appear (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus, violins & co
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323
>Purcell, Henry : Fly bold rebellion (Welcome Ode for Charles II), for soloists, double chorus, strings & continuo, Z.
>Purcell, Henry : Celebrate this festival (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), ode for 5 soloists, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2
>Purcell, Henry : With him he brings
>Purcell, Henry : Celestial music did the gods inspire (Ode for Mr. Maidwell's School), ode for soloists, 2 recorders
>Purcell, Henry : From hardy climes (Ode for the wedding of Prince George of Denmark to Princess Anne) for bass, choru
>Purcell, Henry : Welcome, glorious morn (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 338
>Purcell, Henry : Great parent, hail! (Ode for the Centenary of Trinity College, Dublin), for soloists, chorus, string
>Purcell, Henry : The Summer's absence unconcerned we bear (Welcome Song for Charles II) for soloists, chorus & instru
>Purcell, Henry : Love's goddess sure was blind (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus, 2 recorders & con
>Purcell, Henry : Raise, raise the voice (An Ode for St. Cecilia's day), for soprano, bass, chorus, 2 violins & contin
>Purcell, Henry : Laudate Ceciliam (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), ode for alto, tenor, bass, 2 violins & continuo, Z. 32
>Purcell, Henry : From those serene and rapturous joys (Welcome Song for Charles II) for soloists, chorus, strings & c
>Purcell, Henry : Of old when heroes thought it base (Yorkshire Feast Song), ode for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z
>Purcell, Henry : Swifter, Isis, swifter flow (Welcome Song for Charles II), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 33
>Purcell, Henry : What, what shall be done in behalf of the man? (Welcome Song for the Duke of York), for soloists, ch
>Purcell, Henry : Bid the virtues
>Purcell, Henry : Welcome, Viceregent of the mighty King (Welcome song for Charles II), for soloists, chorus & instrum
>Purcell, Henry : Why, why are all the muses mute? (Welcome Song for James II), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z.
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Notes & Reviews:

'A treasure house of shamefully neglected music. Over nine hours of wonderful invention ... this major recording achievement must be an irresistible temptation' (BBC Music Magazine)

'By any yardstick these are life-enhancing works' (CDReview)

'For a long overdue exploration of an important corpus of neglected music, Hyperion deserves the gratitude of all Purcellians' (Early Music)

'They are all here, some of the most inventive, poetic and satisfying music I know of, performed with precision and verve. I refuse to loan these discs to friends. Highly, highly recommended. Full texts and explanatory notes' (Classical CD Scout, USA)

Strictly speaking this is not a new release, but as the original issue of this important and unique set has been out of stock for almost two years, a reminder is justifi ed. The need to create new artwork caused a hiatus in repressing, but it also gave Hyperion the opportunity to re-think the packaging. The set is now contained within a slim, clamshell-style box with cardboard inner sleeves (rather than the original, large box containing eight standard jewel cases with individual booklets for each disc). There is now one substantial and fully updated 72-page booklet, which contains all the texts and a trilingual note. This is the only complete recording of Purcell’s Odes and Welcome Songs and, as such, one of the treasures of the Hyperion catalogue - it makes a very welcome return.



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>Purcell, Henry : Arise, my muse (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 320
  • Performers: Michael George; Charles Pott (Baritone); Charles Daniels; James Bowman (Countertenor); Tessa Bonner (Soprano); John Ainsley (Tenor); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 05/14/1988-05/16/1988
  • Running Time: 19 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : Welcome to all the pleasures, Z 339 "Ode for St Cecilia's Day"
  • Performers: Charles Pott (Baritone); Charles Daniels; James Bowman (Countertenor); Tessa Bonner (Soprano); John Ainsley (Tenor); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Michael Chance (Countertenor); Michael George
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 05/14/1988-05/16/1988
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683

>Purcell, Henry : Now does the glorious day appear (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus, violins & co
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); John Ainsley (Tenor); Tessa Bonner (Soprano); James Bowman (Countertenor); Charles Daniels; Michael George; Charles Pott (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 05/14/1988-05/16/1988
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Performers: Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); John Ainsley (Tenor); Michael George; James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 01/18/1989-01/20/1989
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323
  • Performers: Michael George; Gillian Fisher (Soprano); John Ainsley (Tenor); Tessa Bonner (Soprano); James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 01/18/1989-01/20/1989
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Fly bold rebellion (Welcome Ode for Charles II), for soloists, double chorus, strings & continuo, Z.
  • Performers: Michael George; Rufus Müller; Tessa Bonner (Soprano); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 12/30/1989-12/31/1989
  • Running Time: 18 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683

>Purcell, Henry : Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323
  • Performers: Rufus Müller; Michael George; James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 12/30/1989-12/31/1989
  • Running Time: 22 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : Celebrate this festival (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), ode for 5 soloists, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael George; Tessa Bonner (Soprano); Rufus Müller; Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 12/30/1989-12/31/1989
  • Running Time: 30 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1693

>Purcell, Henry : With him he brings
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Charles Daniels; Tessa Bonner (Soprano); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Michael George; Charles Pott (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/03/1990-09/05/1990
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1686

>Purcell, Henry : Celestial music did the gods inspire (Ode for Mr. Maidwell's School), ode for soloists, 2 recorders
  • Performers: Gillian Fisher (Soprano); James Bowman (Countertenor); Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Charles Daniels; Michael George
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/03/1990-09/05/1990
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : From hardy climes (Ode for the wedding of Prince George of Denmark to Princess Anne) for bass, choru
  • Performers: Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Tessa Bonner (Soprano); James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael George; Charles Daniels; Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/03/1990-09/05/1990
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683

>Purcell, Henry : Welcome, glorious morn (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 338
  • Performers: Charles Pott (Baritone); Michael George; James Bowman (Countertenor); John Ainsley (Tenor); Gillian Fisher (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 01/02/1991/01/03/1991
  • Running Time: 25 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691

>Purcell, Henry : Great parent, hail! (Ode for the Centenary of Trinity College, Dublin), for soloists, chorus, string
  • Performers: Michael George; John Ainsley (Tenor); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 01/02/1991/01/03/1991
  • Running Time: 22 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : The Summer's absence unconcerned we bear (Welcome Song for Charles II) for soloists, chorus & instru
  • Performers: Gillian Fisher (Soprano); John Ainsley (Tenor); James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael George
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 01/02/1991/01/03/1991
  • Running Time: 17 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1682

>Purcell, Henry : Love's goddess sure was blind (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus, 2 recorders & con
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael George; Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Mary Seers (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 03/13/1991-03/15/1991
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Raise, raise the voice (An Ode for St. Cecilia's day), for soprano, bass, chorus, 2 violins & contin
  • Performers: Michael George; Andrew Tusa (Tenor); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Mary Seers (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 03/13/1991-03/15/1991
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1685

>Purcell, Henry : Laudate Ceciliam (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), ode for alto, tenor, bass, 2 violins & continuo, Z. 32
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Michael George
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 03/13/1991-03/15/1991
  • Running Time: 9 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1683

>Purcell, Henry : From those serene and rapturous joys (Welcome Song for Charles II) for soloists, chorus, strings & c
  • Performers: Michael George; James Bowman (Countertenor); Mary Seers (Soprano); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Andrew Tusa (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 03/13/1991-03/15/1991
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1684

>Purcell, Henry : Of old when heroes thought it base (Yorkshire Feast Song), ode for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z
  • Performers: Michael George; Susan Hamilton; Nigel Short (Countertenor); Robert Evans (Bass-Baritone); Charles Daniels; Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 12/02/1991-12/04/1991
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Purcell, Henry : Swifter, Isis, swifter flow (Welcome Song for Charles II), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 33
  • Performers: Michael George; Nigel Short (Countertenor); James Bowman (Countertenor); Susan Hamilton; Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Robert Evans (Bass-Baritone); Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Charles Daniels
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 12/02/1991-12/04/1991
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681

>Purcell, Henry : What, what shall be done in behalf of the man? (Welcome Song for the Duke of York), for soloists, ch
  • Performers: Robert Evans (Bass-Baritone); Susan Hamilton; James Bowman (Countertenor); Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Charles Daniels; Michael George; Nigel Short (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 12/02/1991-12/04/1991
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1682

>Purcell, Henry : Bid the virtues
  • Performers: Paul Goodwin (Oboe); Michael Chance (Countertenor); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Michael George; James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 01/09/1992-01/11/1992
  • Running Time: 24 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Welcome, Viceregent of the mighty King (Welcome song for Charles II), for soloists, chorus & instrum
  • Performers: Robert Evans (Bass-Baritone); Michael Chance (Countertenor); John Ainsley (Tenor); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); Michael George; Tessa Bonner (Soprano); Mark Padmore; James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 01/09/1992-01/11/1992
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Why, why are all the muses mute? (Welcome Song for James II), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z.
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Tessa Bonner (Soprano); Mark Padmore; Michael George; Robert Evans (Bass-Baritone); Michael Chance (Countertenor); Gillian Fisher (Soprano); John Ainsley (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 01/09/1992-01/11/1992
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1685