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

Audio Samples

>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
>     Man that is born of a woman, Z 27
>     In the midst of life, Z 17b
>     Thou know'st, Lord, the secrets of our hea
>Purcell, Henry : Thou knowest, Lord, Z. 58c

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
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

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: Joseph Crouch (Cello); Timothy Mead (Countertenor); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Kate Royal (Voice); Rachel Beckett (Recorder); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Katharina Spreckelsen (Oboe); David Hansen; Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Jacques Imbrailo (Bass); Oliver Brett (Organ); Rachel Brown (Recorder)
  • 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: Alastair Ross (Organ); Nick Morris (Treble); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Joe Adams (Countertenor); Edward Saklatvala (Boy Soprano); 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: 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: Joseph Crouch (Cello); Edward Phillips (Treble); Tom Winpenney (Organ); Jacques Imbrailo (Bass); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Kate Royal (Voice); Timothy Mead (Countertenor); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); David Hansen; Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • 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: Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); David Blackadder (Slide Trumpet); Stephen Saunders (Slide Trumpet); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Philip Bainbridge (Slide Trumpet); Susan Addison (Slide Trumpet); Benedict Hoffnung (Drums); 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: 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: Joseph Crouch (Cello); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); David Allsopp (Countertenor); Edward Phillips (Treble); John McMunn (Tenor); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); 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: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : In the midst of life :: In the midst of life, Z 17b
  • Performers: Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); James Browning (Trumpet); Edward Phillips (Treble); John McMunn (Tenor); David Allsopp (Countertenor); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); 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: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : In the midst of life :: Thou know'st, Lord, the secrets of our hea
  • Performers: James Browning (Trumpet); John McMunn (Tenor); Edward Phillips (Treble); David Allsopp (Countertenor); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); 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: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Thou knowest, Lord, Z. 58c
  • Performers: Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); 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: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1695