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Humfrey: Symphony Anthems / Higginbottom, Consort of Voices, Instruments of Time and Truth


Release Date: 04/06/2018 
Label:  Pan Classics   Catalog #: 10388  
Composer:  Pelham Humfrey
Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of VoicesInstruments of Time and Truth
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pelham Humfrey (1647–1674) was a genuine baroque pioneer in the word-setting of English biblical texts, as well as applying elements of French and Italian styles to his work. By the age of seventeen his anthems were evidently in use. He later succeeded Henry Cooke (his father-in-law) as Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal and also became composer to the Court. Humfrey died at the age of 27, but along with Matthew Locke exerted a strong influence on his peers even at his young age, including William Turner, Henry Purcell, and John Blow. The seven symphony anthems included on this recording have been selected from the extant 19 to demonstrate Humfrey’s range of work in the genre. The anthems represent his most substantial contribution Read more to English music and show him to be the country’s leading composer of the early Restoration period. Edward Higginbottom is one of the UK’s leading musicians, with a global reputation for his work as a choral director, established through his directorship of New College Choir Oxford over many years. The newly formed Oxford Consort of Voices is made up of singers largely selected from the alumni of Oxford’s famous collegiate choirs. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The King Shall Rejoice, for soloists, chorus, 2 violins, viola, organ & continuo by Pelham Humfrey
Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Voices,  Instruments of Time and Truth
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
2.
By the Waters of Babylon by Pelham Humfrey
Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Voices,  Instruments of Time and Truth
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
3.
Hear My Prayer O God by Pelham Humfrey
Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Voices,  Instruments of Time and Truth
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
4.
O Lord my God by Pelham Humfrey
Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Voices,  Instruments of Time and Truth
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
5.
Hear My Crying O God by Pelham Humfrey
Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Voices,  Instruments of Time and Truth
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
6.
Haste Thee O God by Pelham Humfrey
Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Voices,  Instruments of Time and Truth
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
7.
Like as the Hart by Pelham Humfrey
Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Voices,  Instruments of Time and Truth
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 On par with Purcell? October 31, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This release features a selection of the nineteen symphony anthems written by Pelham Humfrey. Humfrey was the first of several English composers to achieve fame during the Restoration. He was well-regarded by Henry Purcell, John Blow, and Matthew Locke. And like Purcell, he died young, at the age of 27. Humfrey's Symphony Anthems were written in the 1670s for the enjoyment of Charles II in the Royal Chapel. The chapel was small, and so they were written for modest forces. The anthems usually consisted of a solo verse, sometimes with contrapuntal treatment, and full chorus. Although all seven of these recorded works are all the same type of work -- symphony anthems -- there's a great deal of variety between them. The genre seems to have evolved over time. The counterpoint increases in complexity, and the chorus fades from prominence. Overall, it's an enjoyable program to listen to from start to finish. The Oxford Concert of Voices sing with clarity and precision. The Instruments of Time and Truth provide appropriate accompaniment for these intimate works. Edward Higgenbottom's interpretation strikes the right balance between delicacy and strength (after all, these are anthems for the king!). If you enjoy the music Henry Purcell, give these Symphony Anthems a listen. I think you'll detect the same high level of craftsmanship -- and another promise unfulfilled." Report Abuse
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