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The Oxford Psalms - Lawes, Purcell, Etc / Charivari Agréable


Release Date: 05/29/2007 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 93   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  William LawesMatthew LockeJeremiah ClarkeAnonymous,   ... 
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Musical genius works here to lift the word-settings to a higher realm

“Oxford Psalms”? All the works here have some connection with Oxford, but actually the musical thread is quite strong in itself. The well chosen works on this disc have in common an expressive communicativeness and sensitivity to text that bind the attention and at times impress deeply.

It is no surprise that Purcell should emerge looking like the great master he was; both Since God so tender and Blessed is he that considereth the poor demonstrate his ability to make the most of every detail of word-setting and then lift his work to a higher realm with purely musical genius. But Blow’s As on Euphrates’ shady banks is no less
Read more sophisticated in its more prolix way, while William Lawes’s bold chromatic fire shows him again to have been among the most worthy of Purcell’s English predecessors; his five psalms are intriguingly experimental, interspersing ardently emotional solos with plain hymn-tunes, sung in unison, with the odd unexpected harmony from the continuo. And even William Child, a composer not much recorded, cuts to the expressive quick with his chunky 1638 Psalmes, apparently England’s earliest music with “continuall bass”.

Tenors Rodrigo del Pozo and Simon Beston and bass Nicholas Perfect are not the most solid of vocal teams but bring plangent tone and textural intelligence to the music, even if the words are sometimes lost to a slightly under-present recording which can also cause solos to be momentarily overpowered by accompaniment, as at the start of Since God so tender. The accompaniments themselves are exemplary, as are the short instrumental numbers. A must, I would say, for lovers of English Baroque.

-- Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone 8/2007
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Works on This Recording

1. O Lord, in thee is all my trust (The Lamentation) by William Lawes
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
2. Cast me not, Lord (Psalm 51/2) by William Lawes
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
3. In the beginning, O Lord by Matthew Locke
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
4. Blest be these sweet regions by Jeremiah Clarke
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
5. Miserere by Anonymous
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Russia 
6. O God, my strength and fortitude (Psalm 18/1) by William Lawes
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
7. Lord, in thy wrath (Psalm 6) by William Lawes
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
8. Ground in D major by Christopher Simpson
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
9. Psalm Settings: Why doth the Heathen so furiously rage by William Child
Written: pub 1639 
10. Psalm Settings: I will give thanks unto thee by William Child
Written: pub 1639 
11. Psalm Settings: Why standest thou so far off by William Child
Written: pub 1639 
12. Psalm Settings: In the Lord I put my trust by William Child
Written: pub 1639 
13. Since God so tender a regard, Z 143 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
14. Divisions in F in F by Frances Withy
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
15. Praise the Lord, O my soule by George Jeffreys
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
16. Blessed is he that considereth the poor, Z 7 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1688; England 
17. Voluntary by Albertus Bryne
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
18. Let God arise by Matthew Locke
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
19. O Lord, of whom I doe depend (The Humble Suite of a Sinner) by William Lawes
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
20. Gloria Patri et Filio by William Lawes
Performer:  Kah-Ming Ng (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Written: pub 1648 

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