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Purcell: Odes For St. Cecilia'a Day, Etc / 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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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

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 

Sound Samples

St Cecilia's Day Ode, 'Welcome to all the pleasures' Z339: Symphony
St Cecilia's Day Ode, 'Welcome to all the pleasures' Z339: Welcome to all pleasures
St Cecilia's Day Ode, 'Welcome to all the pleasures' Z339: Here the deities approve - While joys celestial
St Cecilia's Day Ode, 'Welcome to all the pleasures' Z339: Then lift up your voices
St Cecilia's Day Ode, 'Welcome to all the pleasures' Z339: Beauty, thou scene of love
St Cecilia's Day Ode, 'Welcome to all the pleasures' Z339: In a consort of voices
Funeral Sentences for the death of Queen Mary II: Man that is born of Woman Z27
Funeral Sentences for the death of Queen Mary II: In the midst of Life Z17A
Funeral Sentences for the death of Queen Mary II: Thou know'st Lord Z58B
Birthday Ode 'Come ye Sons of Art' for Queen Mary's Birthday, 1694 Z323: Symphony (Largo - Allegro - Adagio)
Birthday Ode 'Come ye Sons of Art' for Queen Mary's Birthday, 1694 Z323: Come ye sons of art away (ritornello, ct I verse & chorus)
Birthday Ode 'Come ye Sons of Art' for Queen Mary's Birthday, 1694 Z323: Sound the trumpet (ct I & II verse)
Birthday Ode 'Come ye Sons of Art' for Queen Mary's Birthday, 1694 Z323: Come ye sons of art away (ritornello & chorus)
Birthday Ode 'Come ye Sons of Art' for Queen Mary's Birthday, 1694 Z323: Strike the viol (ct II verse & ritornello)
Birthday Ode 'Come ye Sons of Art' for Queen Mary's Birthday, 1694 Z323: The day that such a blessing gave (bass verse & chorus)
Birthday Ode 'Come ye Sons of Art' for Queen Mary's Birthday, 1694 Z323: Bid the Virtues (sop. verse)
Birthday Ode 'Come ye Sons of Art' for Queen Mary's Birthday, 1694 Z323: These are the sacred charms (bass verse)
Birthday Ode 'Come ye Sons of Art' for Queen Mary's Birthday, 1694 Z323: See Nature rejoicing (sop. & bass verse & chorus)
Funeral Sentences for the death of Queen Mary II: March Z860i
Funeral Sentences for the death of Queen Mary II: Thou know'st Lord Z.58C
Funeral Sentences for the death of Queen Mary II: Canzona Z.860ii
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Symphony
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Hail! Bright Cecilia -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Hark! hark! each tree -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: 'Tis Nature's voice -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Soul of the world!
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Thou tun'st this world below -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: With that sublime celestial lay
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Voluntary in D minor Z718 - Wondrous machine! -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: The airy violin -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: In vain the am'rous flute
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: The fife and all the harmony of war
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Let these amongst themselves contest
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Hail! Bright Cecilia
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: With rapture of delight - Hail! Bright Cecilia

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