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Here Let My Life / James Bowman, Daniel Taylor


Release Date: 12/11/2007 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29948   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry PurcellMatthias Maute
Performer:  Daniel TaylorJames Bowman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music

Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Wistful expression and visceral energy are brought together in this collection which includes some of Purcell’s best-loved songs and duets along with less-familiar instrumental pieces, performed by one of Canada’s leading early music ensembles.Taylor and Bowman might appear to be strange musical bed?fellows, their voices distinctly contrasted in timbre and power, yet they complement each other as perfectly as coffee and cream. Bowman’s darker voice, now burnished with autumnal tones, is well-suited to the melancholy sound?world of his solos, while Taylor’s light, silvery countertenor is perfect for the intimacy of ‘Music for a While’ or the lyricism of ‘If Music be the Food of Love’. A close-recorded perspective ensures the words cut Read more through with compelling detail. The instrumentalists take centre stage in a new concerto – a genial if somewhat light-weight Baroque pastiche by the group’s recorder player Matthias Maute, inspired by Purcell’s celebrated Chaconne. Despite some slightly erratic changes in tempo, quite possibly a result of the editing process, this is a vibrant, virtuoso performance. There’s some bucolic playing, too, in Purcell’s incidental music for the play Abdelazar, the hornpipe of which was made famous through Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, though the rest of this felicitous suite is seldom heard.

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323: Sound the trumpet by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
2.
Celebrate this festival, Z 321: Excerpt(s) by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
3.
Oedipus, Z 583: Music for a while by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
4.
Concerto on the Death of Henry Purcell by Matthias Maute
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
5.
Here let my life by Henry Purcell
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
6.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Oh, oh, let me weep "The Plaint" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
7.
In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z 190 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  James Bowman (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; England 
8.
Hail, bright Cecilia, Z 328 "Ode on St Cecilia's Day": In vain the am'rous flute by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 

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