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Blow: Anthems / David Hill, Winchester Cathedral Choir

Album Summary

>Blow, John : God Spake Sometime in Visions for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Blow, John : How Doth the City Sit Solitary
>Blow, John : The Lord is My Shepherd
>Blow, John : God is our Hope and Strength
>Blow, John : I Beheld, and Lo! A Great Multitude
>Blow, John : Turn Thee unto Me, O Lord
>Blow, John : Blessed is the Man that hath not Walked
>Blow, John : Lift up Your Heads, O Ye Gates
>Blow, John : O Lord, I Have Sinned
>Blow, John : O Give Thanks Unto the Lord, for He Is Gracious
>Blow, John : O Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me Out and Known Me
>Blow, John : Cry Aloud and Spare Not
>Blow, John : Lord, Who Shall Dwell in Thy Tabernacle?
>Blow, John : I Said in the Cutting Off of My Days
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Notes & Reviews:

"Performances that are not likely to be bettered soon. The sound is marvellous." -Fanfare

'Well worth exploring' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Winchester Cathedral Choir is singing wonderfully well these days . . . One of the richest of all contributions to the excellent English Orpheus Series' (Gramophone)

'Un pur ravissement' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)

'Performances that are not likely to be bettered soon. The sound is marvellous' (Fanfare, USA)

'Un suculento banquete de solemnidad británica' (Ritmo, Spain)

'When it comes to re-releases this is a great buy... This is an excellent vintage recording with Robin Blaze and Stephen Varcoe, just a couple of singers amongst a considerable feast of talent. The sound produced here is fabulous and the singing wonderful with crisp, rhythmic playing from Peter Holman's instrumental group' (Cathedral Music)

'Quite apart from the beauties of the music itself, the perfomances are all first rate. The soloists are clearly at home in this idiom, singing it as their native musical language. The sound is warm but clear, with a delicious intimacy that is entirely in character for music written primarily for the Chapel Royal ... the choir is excellent, as are the period instrumentalists, and David Hill directs performances that are sensitive, well paced, and coherent. So far, this is still the mother lode among recordings of Blow's church music' (American Record Guide)

'It is an important and essential addition to any collection of English church music, the 50 percent reduction in price now leaving no further excuse for anyone remotely interested in this field' (Fanfare, USA)

BBC Music Magazine
Though overshadowed by his pupil Purcell, John Blow's church music is highly distinguished. Here are 14 of his richly scored anthems in skilful and idiomatic performances.



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>Blow, John : God Spake Sometime in Visions for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Stephen Alder (Baritone); William Kendall (Tenor); Donald Sweeney (Bass); Rebecca Miles (Violin); Richard Campbell (Viola da gamba); Helen Gough (Bass Violin); Fred Jacobs (Theorbo); Peter Butterfield (Tenor); Robin Blaze; Henrietta Wayne (Violin); Peter Fender (Violin); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Rosalind Harris (Violin); Stephen Varcoe; Richard Childress (Baritone); Sarah Bealby-Wright (Violin); Katherine Sharman (Cello); Lisa Cochrane (Viola); Paul Denley (Viola); Jean Paterson (Violin); Joseph Cornwell (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1685

>Blow, John : How Doth the City Sit Solitary
  • Performers: Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo); Robin Blaze; David Dunnett (Organ); Peter Holman (Organ); Stephen Alder (Baritone); Joseph Cornwell (Tenor); Richard Childress (Baritone); David Miller (Theorbo); Peter Butterfield (Tenor); Stephen Varcoe; Donald Sweeney (Bass); William Kendall (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : The Lord is My Shepherd
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Stephen Varcoe; Donald Sweeney (Bass); William Kendall (Tenor); Stephen Alder (Baritone); Joseph Cornwell (Tenor); Richard Childress (Baritone); Peter Butterfield (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : God is our Hope and Strength
  • Performers: Peter Butterfield (Tenor); Robin Blaze; David Dunnett (Organ); Peter Holman (Organ); Joseph Cornwell (Tenor); Stephen Alder (Baritone); William Kendall (Tenor); Richard Childress (Baritone); Stephen Varcoe; Donald Sweeney (Bass)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Winchester Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : I Beheld, and Lo! A Great Multitude
  • Performers: Joseph Cornwell (Tenor); Stephen Alder (Baritone); Robin Blaze; Stephen Varcoe; William Kendall (Tenor); Peter Butterfield (Tenor); Donald Sweeney (Bass); Richard Childress (Baritone)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Turn Thee unto Me, O Lord
  • Performers: Peter Holman (Organ); David Dunnett (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Winchester Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Blessed is the Man that hath not Walked
  • Performers: William Kendall (Tenor); Richard Childress (Baritone); Joseph Cornwell (Tenor); Robin Blaze; Stephen Alder (Baritone); Donald Sweeney (Bass); Stephen Varcoe; Peter Butterfield (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Lift up Your Heads, O Ye Gates
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Stephen Varcoe; Donald Sweeney (Bass); William Kendall (Tenor); Richard Childress (Baritone); Joseph Cornwell (Tenor); Peter Butterfield (Tenor); Stephen Alder (Baritone)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : O Lord, I Have Sinned
  • Performers: David Dunnett (Organ); Donald Sweeney (Bass); Peter Holman (Organ); Stephen Varcoe; William Kendall (Tenor); Peter Butterfield (Tenor); Robin Blaze; Stephen Alder (Baritone); Joseph Cornwell (Tenor); Richard Childress (Baritone)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1670

>Blow, John : O Give Thanks Unto the Lord, for He Is Gracious
  • Performers: William Kendall (Tenor); Peter Butterfield (Tenor); Robin Blaze; Stephen Alder (Baritone); Joseph Cornwell (Tenor); Richard Childress (Baritone); Stephen Varcoe; Donald Sweeney (Bass)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : O Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me Out and Known Me
  • Performers: Peter Holman (Organ); David Dunnett (Organ); Stephen Varcoe; Donald Sweeney (Bass); Stephen Alder (Baritone)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Cry Aloud and Spare Not
  • Performers: William Kendall (Tenor); Donald Sweeney (Bass); Peter Butterfield (Tenor); Stephen Alder (Baritone); Joseph Cornwell (Tenor); Stephen Varcoe
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Lord, Who Shall Dwell in Thy Tabernacle?
  • Performers: Stephen Varcoe; Donald Sweeney (Bass); William Kendall (Tenor); Peter Butterfield (Tenor); Robin Blaze; Stephen Alder (Baritone); Joseph Cornwell (Tenor); Richard Childress (Baritone)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : I Said in the Cutting Off of My Days
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Joseph Cornwell (Tenor); William Kendall (Tenor); Peter Butterfield (Tenor); Richard Childress (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: New Hall, Winchester College (01/23/1995/01/24/1995)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque