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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); Timothy Mead (Countertenor); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Katharina Spreckelsen (Oboe); Oliver Brett (Organ); Rachel Brown (Recorder); Rachel Beckett (Recorder); Joseph Crouch (Cello); David Hansen; Jacques Imbrailo (Bass)
  • 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: Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Edward Saklatvala (Boy Soprano); Alastair Ross (Organ); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Nick Morris (Treble); Joe Adams (Countertenor); 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: David Hansen; Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Edward Phillips (Treble); Tom Winpenney (Organ); Jacques Imbrailo (Bass); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Kate Royal (Voice); Timothy Mead (Countertenor); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); 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: Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Stephen Saunders (Slide Trumpet); Philip Bainbridge (Slide Trumpet); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Joseph Crouch (Cello); David Blackadder (Slide Trumpet); Susan Addison (Slide Trumpet); Benedict Hoffnung (Drums)
  • 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: Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); David Allsopp (Countertenor); Edward Phillips (Treble); John McMunn (Tenor); 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: Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Joseph Crouch (Cello); David Allsopp (Countertenor); Edward Phillips (Treble); James Browning (Trumpet); John McMunn (Tenor); 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: 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); David Allsopp (Countertenor); Edward Phillips (Treble); John McMunn (Tenor); James Browning (Trumpet); 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: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Thou knowest, Lord, Z. 58c
  • Performers: Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Joseph Crouch (Cello); 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