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Purcell: Odes for St. Cecilia's Day / Taverner Consort


Release Date: 06/08/1999 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 61582   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Kevin SmithRogers Covey-CrumpAndrew KingCharles Daniels,   ... 
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner ConsortTaverner PlayersTaverner Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although I recently welcomed Paul McCreesh's vital and robust account of Hail, bright Cecilia as the best available account of the marvellous celebratory ode, the reappearance of Andrew Parrott's 1985 version puts a slightly different complexion on things — though in an entirely positive way. Whilst McCreesh makes the score sparkle with his energetic view of tempos, vocal characterization and orchestral timbre, Parrott parades his smooth and integrated forces with less instant theatricality. Instead we have here a typically homogeneous and unfolding scenario: how organically and gently "Tis Nature's voice" emerges, with Rogers Covey-Crump expressing the passions with a wonderful air of mystery. So too, "Soul of the Read more world" — what a transcendent concluding passage — which has never been bettered for atmosphere and clarity of ensemble. The solo singing here is good (there is some exquisite work from Emma Kirkby and from tenors Charles Daniels and Paul Elliott in "In vain the am'rous flute") but it is the delicacy of sentiment which complements McCreesh's more effervescent and lush reading. Robert King's performance should also come into the equation, with its consistently good judgement but as DF rightly asserted in his review, the singing is less even.

The reappearance of Parrott's recordings of Purcell's earlier Cecilian ode, Welcome to all the pleasures and the time-honoured and particularly accessible Come ye sons of art away is also received with open arms. Some may distrust the low pitch (A=392) but the high tenor of Charles Daniels and the satisfying registral blend of Timothy Wilson and John Mark Ainsley in "Sound the trumpet" are more than adequate recompense and the former's mellifluous rendering of "Here the deities approve" is a real gem to be savoured. King has much to say about all these odes too. Blessed on almost all fronts.

— Gramophone [12/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hail, bright Cecilia, Z 328 "Ode on St Cecilia's Day" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Kevin Smith (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Andrew King (Tenor),
Charles Daniels (Tenor), Michael George (Bass), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Paul Elliott (Tenor),
Roger Woolley (Organ), Richard Wistreich (Bass), David Thomas (Bass),
Simon Grant (Bass)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
2.
Funeral sentences by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), David Thomas (Bass), Tim Wilson (Countertenor),
Emily van Evera (Soprano), Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
3.
March and Canzona in C minor, Z 860 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Emily van Evera (Soprano), David Thomas (Bass),
Tim Wilson (Countertenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
4.
Welcome to all the pleasures, Z 339 "Ode for St Cecilia's Day" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Emily van Evera (Soprano), Tim Wilson (Countertenor),
Charles Daniels (Tenor), David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683; England 
5.
Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Tim Wilson (Countertenor), David Thomas (Bass), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor),
Emily van Evera (Soprano), Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 

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