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A Purcell Collection / Voces8, Les Inventions

Purcell
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 375   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Barnaby SmithDingle YabdellAndrea HainesSam Dressel,   ... 
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les InventionsVoces8
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PURCELL Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem. To the Hills and Vales. By the Beauteous Softness Mix’d with Majesty. O God, Thou art my God. How Happy the Lover. What Power Thou Art. Behold, O Mightiest of Gods. My Heart is Inditing of a Good Matter. Bid the Virtues. Hail! Bright Cecilia. Strike the Viol. Thou Knowest Lord the Secrets of Our Hearts. Fairest Isle. Full Fathom Five Voces8; Les Inventions; Andrea Haines, Emily Dickens (s); Barnaby Smith (ct); Samuel Dressel (t); Dingle Yandell (bs) SIGNUM 2975 (70:18)

Read more /> Voces8 is an (of course) eight-member group whose repertoire ranges from “Renaissance polyphony to unique jazz and pop arrangements.” Here they are joined with the distinguished French-based instrumental group Les Inventions. Together they have put together a kind of anthology of Purcell’s music that they charmingly describe as a stroll through his world. It’s more than that. We hear a particularly lovely rendition by the voices of Purcell’s unaccompanied dirge Thou Knowest, Lord, a gracious performance by countertenor Barnaby Smith of Purcell’s praise for Queen Mary, By Beauteous Softness Mix’d with Majesty (with a text by the oft-reviled Thomas Shadwell), and a comical What Power Thou Art. In this piece, nicknamed The Cold Song, bass Dingle Yandell impersonates the spirit of Britain being reluctantly awakened from a frosty slumber. One can virtually hear his teeth chatter. The choral pieces are just as effective, and the instrumental playing, including the oboe obbligato in Bid the Virtues, is lovely as well. There is spirit here when it is called for, and pathos as well. Although such definitive pieces as “Dido’s Lament” are not here, this collection would be an excellent introduction to Purcell as a reminder of his range for those whose know him well.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z 46 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1689; England 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Now Does the Glorious Day Appear: By Beauteous Softness Mix'd with Majesty by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Barnaby Smith ()
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
O God, thou art my God, Z 35 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680-1682; England 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
King Arthur: Cold Song (What Power Art Thou...) by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dingle Yabdell ()
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
The Prophetess: Behold, O Mightiest of Gods by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; England 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
My heart is inditing, Z 30 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1685; England 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 15 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7.
King Arthur: Fairest Isle by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Andrea Haines ()
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
8.
Dido & Aeneas: To the Hills and the Vales by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; United Kingdom 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9.
King Arthur: How Happy the Lover by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Sam Dressel (), Dingle Yabdell (), Andrea Haines ()
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Come Ye Sons of Art: Bid the Virtues by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Emily Dickens ()
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
11.
Ode to St. Cecilia: Hail! Bright Cecilia by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12.
Come Ye Sons of Art: Strike the viol by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Barnaby Smith ()
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
13.
Work(s): Second Dirge Anthem / Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
14.
The Tempest: Full Fathom Five by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Patrick Ayrton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Inventions,  Voces8
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Venue:  Église Notre-Dame d'Herment, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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