• VIVAT118 Katalognummer
  • 793591468839 EAN
  • CD Format
  • 2019 Utgivelsesår

Davies, Iestyn & Hall, James (countertenors)

King, Robert

Purcell, Henry | Blow, John

The King’s Consort



1 Purcell: Hark how the songsters - 3’00
2 Purcell: In vain the am’rous flute - 6’20
3 Purcell: O solitude, my sweetest choice - 5’40
4 Purcell: Chaconne from Dioclesian - 2’44
5 Blow: Ah heav’n, what is’t I hear? - 3’31
6 Purcell: Sound the trumpet - 2’23
7 Purcell: Since the toils and the hazards of war - 4’09
8 Purcell: Sing, sing, ye druids - 2’36
9 Blow: Paratum cor meum - 2’22
10 Purcell: The Queen’s Epicedium: Incassum Lesbia - 7’37
11 Blow: The Queen’s Epicedium: No, Lesbia, you ask in vain - 7’07
12 Purcell: O dive custos Auriciae domus - 6’26
13 Blow: Ode: Mark how the lark and linnet sing - 3’52
14 Blow: Ode: But in the close of night - 4’57
15 Blow: Ode: So ceas’d the rival crew when Purcell came - 2’55
16 Blow: Ode: We beg not hell, our Orpheus to restore - 1’51
17 Blow: Ode: The pow’r of harmony too well they knew - 2’35
18 Blow: Ode: The heav’nly quire, who heard his notes - 4’28
19 Blow: Ode: Ye brethren of the lyre - 2’49

Total 77’22


World-renowned countertenor Iestyn Davies, partnered by outstanding young countertenor James Hall and The King’s Consort, turns his attention to the music of Henry Purcell and his colleague John Blow.

 This beautifully themed programme of solos and duets centres on elegies, and concludes with Blow’s magnificent ‘Ode on the death of Purcell’. Rarely heard together on one recording are a set of three substantial elegies composed by Purcell and Blow to commemorate the untimely death of the much-loved Queen Mary. Two of these ingeniously take the same text, one in English (by Blow – a particularly fine work), the other in Latin (Purcell). Another highlight is Iestyn’s seraphic rendition of the melancholy masterpiece, ‘O solitude’. Around these come duets both famous and less familiar, including ‘Hark how the songsters’, Blow’s ravishing ‘Ah, heav’n, what is’t I hear?’, the deliciously languid ‘In vain the am’rous flute’ and, of course, ‘Sound the trumpet’.

 The death of Queen Mary, which spurred London’s two leading composers into doleful elegiac action, was soon to be followed by a greater musical calamity: the loss of Henry Purcell. John Blow’s outstanding ‘Ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell’ is not only a heartfelt tribute to his colleague, but one of the most outstanding English works of the era.

 Iestyn Davies shows himself to be a true master of this repertoire, beautifully partnered by James Hall and by an ensemble which has dominated the world of Purcell recordings for more than thirty years.

 Recorded in world-class new recording venue, Alpheton New Maltings, demonstrating its exceptional acoustic of striking clarity and warmth.

 Extensive presentation includes 52 page booklet with liner note in three languages, full texts and translations, and six pages of session photos.


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Elegy - Countertenor Duets by Purcell & Blow <span>-</span> Davies, Iestyn & Hall, James (countertenors) Elegy - Countertenor Duets by Purcell & Blow Davies, Iestyn & Hall, James (countertenors)

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