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Countertenor Duets & Solos - Purcell, Blow / Bowman, Chance


Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55447   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John BlowHenry Purcell
Performer:  Michael ChanceAlison CrumDavid MillerJames Bowman,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording of duets by the great composers of the Restoration is one of the gems of Hyperion’s catalogue. It features the celebrated countertenors James Bowman and Michael Chance at the peak of their powers, and the combination of their two voices with the sympathetic accompaniment of The King’s Consort creates something uniquely glorious.

Purcell was a countertenor himself and in his writing for the voice produced some of his most felicitous music. John Blow, Purcell’s predecessor and successor as organist of Westminster Abbey, reached his compositional zenith with the extended duet (almost a small cantata) on the subjects of Purcell’s tragic early death and inextinguishable influence.

"A sparkling
Read more collection which show both the composer and these fine artists in inspirational form. The performances are joyous, witty and ravishing in their Purcellian melancholy' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)
"A disc no baroque music anglophile will wish to be without, for it is a vocal tour de force" (Gramophone) GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE
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Works on This Recording

1. The glorious day is come: Ah heaven what is't I hear by John Blow
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Alison Crum (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Lute),
James Bowman (Countertenor), Robert King (Organ)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell by John Blow
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Robert King (Organ),
David Miller (Theorbo), Alison Crum (Bass Viola da gamba), Catherine Latham (Alto Recorder),
Marion Scott (Alto Recorder)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1696; London, England 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Length: 21 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323: Sound the trumpet by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Alison Crum (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Theorbo),
Robert King (Harpsichord), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. Hail, bright Cecilia, Z 328 "Ode on St Cecilia's Day" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Robert King (Organ), David Miller (Theorbo), Alison Crum (Bass Viola da gamba),
James Bowman (Countertenor), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Catherine Latham (Alto Recorder),
Marion Scott (Alto Recorder)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. Bonduca, Z 574: Sing, sing ye Druids all by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), Alison Crum (Bass Viola da gamba), Catherine Latham (Alto Recorder),
Marion Scott (Alto Recorder), Michael Chance (Countertenor), James Bowman (Countertenor),
Robert King (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. Incassum, Lesbia, rogas, Z 383 "Queen's Epicedium" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Robert King (Organ), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Alison Crum (Bass Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1695; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
7. O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Miller (Theorbo), Robert King (Organ), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1687; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
8. Maid's Last Prayer, Z 601: No, resistance is but vain by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alison Crum (Bass Viola da gamba), David Miller (Theorbo), Robert King (Organ),
Michael Chance (Countertenor), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. Timon of Athens, Z 632: Hark, how the songsters by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alison Crum (Bass Viola da gamba), Catherine Latham (Alto Recorder), Marion Scott (Alto Recorder),
Michael Chance (Countertenor), James Bowman (Countertenor), David Miller (Theorbo),
Robert King (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z 504 "Elegy for Queen Mary II" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Robert King (Organ), Alison Crum (Bass Viola da gamba),
James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1695; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Length: 6 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 

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