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Ravish'd With Sacred Extasies - Devotional Songs

Manahan-thomas,Elin / Miller
Release Date: 09/14/2010 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16081   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry PurcellThomas CampionPelham HumfreyJohn Lawrence,   ... 
Performer:  David MillerElin Manahan Thomas
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The seventeenth century devotional songs on this disc were written against a backdrop of furious historical dramas and lurching tides of fortune. The songs chosen reflect these assorted times and contexts, and are accordingly diverse. Ravish’d with Sacred Extasies (a quote taken directly from Playford's ‘Harmonia Sacrae’) explores some of the most beautiful Elizabethan devotional songs ranging from the doctrinally eloquent to the theologically unsteady, from the spare and the restrained to the opulent and the overblown, from Dowland’s small cluster of late devotional songs to Purcell’s flowery and luscious settings.

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RAVISH’D WITH SACRED EXTASIES Read more class="BULLET12"> • Elin Manahan Thomas (sop); David Miller (lt, thb) CORO 16081 (70:41)


PURCELL A Morning Hymn. How Long Great God. The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation. Lord, What Is Man. Sleep, Adam, Sleep, and Take Thy Rest. An Evening Hymn. DOWLAND Preludium. Thou Mighty God. When Davids Life by Saul. When the Poore Criple. Galliard. Where Sinne Sore Wounding. In This Trembling Shadow. If That a Sinners Sighes Be Angels Foode. CAMPIAN Never Weather-beaten Saile. Author of Light. WILSON Prelude No. 18. HUMFREY Sleep, Downy Sleep, Come Close Mine Eyes. A Hymn to God the Father. LAWRENCE Lute Suite. ANON Miserere


Despite the extravagant title, not everyone is ecstatic here: The collection includes John Donne’s tortured Hymn to God the Father set by Pelham Humfrey with the line “I have a sin of feare.” Admittedly he gets over the fear in the last line, and in the meantime is not afraid of making puns on his last name; Donne is done after three stanzas. What mostly matters here, besides the occasional brilliant poem, is the touching, sober, and sometimes intense singing of Elin Manahan Thomas and the exquisite lute playing by David Miller. Thomas might be singing a lullaby when she opens “Sleep Downy Sleep.” Her control over dynamics is praiseworthy, and so are the intelligence and sensitivity of her interpretations of these mostly sober songs. Her voice is somehow colorful and her enunciation clear. She uses a healthy vibrato, and likes (perhaps too much) to roll her r’s dramatically. The music she has chosen, some familiar and some relatively obscure, is always valuable. Miller’s solos are perfectly charming diversions, so well played that they are never heard as interruptions. Theirs is a winning combination.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Thou wakeful shepherd, Z 198 "Morning Hymn" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), Elin Manahan Thomas (), David Miller (Lute),
Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1688; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2.
Never weather-beaten saile more willing bent to shore by Thomas Campion
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), David Miller (Lute), Elin Manahan Thomas ()
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Author of light, revive my dying spright by Thomas Campion
Performer:  David Miller (Lute), David Miller (Theorbo), Elin Manahan Thomas ()
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Sleep downy sleep come close mine eyes, for vocal ensemble by Pelham Humfrey
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), David Miller (Lute), Elin Manahan Thomas ()
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
A Hymn to God the Father (Harmonia Sacra, Book 1, 1688) by Pelham Humfrey
Performer:  David Miller (Lute), David Miller (Theorbo), Elin Manahan Thomas ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; United Kingdom 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6.
Lute Suite, for theorbo by John Lawrence
Performer:  David Miller (Lute), David Miller (Theorbo)
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
7.
Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Miller (Lute), Elin Manahan Thomas (), David Miller (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1693; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8.
Lord, what is man?, Z 192 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (), David Miller (Theorbo), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1693; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Sleep, Adam, sleep and take thy rest, Z 195 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (), David Miller (Theorbo), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
10.
Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z 193 "Evening Hymn on a Ground" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), Elin Manahan Thomas (), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
11.
Prelude 18, for theorbo by John Wilson
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), David Miller (Lute)
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
12.
How long, great God, Z 189 "The Aspiration" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (), David Miller (Theorbo), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1688; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
13.
Preludium, P 98 by John Dowland
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
14.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 14, Thou mightie God by John Dowland
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (), David Miller (Theorbo), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
15.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 15, When David's life by John Dowland
Performer:  David Miller (Lute), David Miller (Theorbo), Elin Manahan Thomas ()
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
16.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 16, When the poor cripple by John Dowland
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), David Miller (Lute), Elin Manahan Thomas ()
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
17.
Galliard to Lachrimae, P 46 by John Dowland
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
18.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 17, Where sin, sore-wounding by John Dowland
Performer:  David Miller (Lute), Elin Manahan Thomas (), David Miller (Theorbo)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
19.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 12, In this trembling shadow cast by John Dowland
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (), David Miller (Theorbo), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
20.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 13, If that a sinner sighes by John Dowland
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (), David Miller (Lute), David Miller (Theorbo)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
21.
Miserere My Maker, for voice & lute by Anonymous
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), Elin Manahan Thomas (), David Miller (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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