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Purcell: Music For The Chapel Royal, Verse Anthems / Guest, St. John's College Choir

Purcell / Guest,George
Release Date: 07/03/2012 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4805003   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Charles BrettInia Te WiataRobert TearChristopher Keyte,   ... 
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsCambridge St. John's College ChoirEnglish Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PURCELL Anthems. March Aand Canzona George Guest, cond; Charles Brett, Paul Esswood; James Bowman (ct); Robert Tear, Wilfred Brown, Ian Partridge, Antony Dawson (ten); Christopher Keyte, Christopher Bevan (bar); Inia Te Wiata, Stafford Dean, Forbes Robinson (bs) ; Malcolm Creese, Simon Keenlyside, Robert King, Robert Smith, Paul Williams, Lynton Atkinsson (trb); Brian Runnett, John Scott (org); Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge; English CO; Symphoniae Sacrae Sackbut Consort DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 5003 (2 CDs: 150:43)

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Titled Music for the Chapel Royal, the Purcell presented here was recorded in three batches, in 1964, 1972, and 1976, and issued on three LPs, two of which have previously been issued on CD: Music for the Chapel Royal and Anthems for the Chapel Royal. Those discs seem to be out of print, or at least hard to find, so this reissue is welcome. The competition, as I see it, comes from Robert King, whose Complete Sacred Music of Henry Purcel , as well played and generally well sung as this George Guest set, will appeal to completists. Many of us came to George Guest, who died in 2002, through his sterling recordings of the Haydn Masses. Those recordings were outstanding in their clarity and emotional directness. I hear the same rhythmic strength, unaffected phrasing, zest, and something I shall have to call charm in these Purcell recordings. The booklet contains the texts, and reminds me how wondrous Purcell’s settings of these passages really are. It’s not that the lines of the Psalms are awkward, but it would not be immediately obvious how to set a sentence such as “We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to the Lord” to music. It’s delightful to hear a less emphatic statement of “Oh, we like sheep have gone astray” than Handel’s. Everywhere Purcell’s gift for melody and for drama is made clear. The accompaniment is excellent, full and balanced, as is the recorded sound. One has to get used to the sound of the trebles, of course. Mostly Guest’s soloists, who include Ian Partridge, Robert Tear, and a fresh-sounding James Bowman, are fine. The recordings are often jaunty, and always dramatic.


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Works on This Recording

1.
They that go down to the sea in ships, Z 57 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Charles Brett (Countertenor), Inia Te Wiata (Bass)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1685; England 
2.
Jehova, quam multi sunt, Z 135 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Robert Tear (Tenor), Christopher Keyte (Bass)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
3.
My beloved spake, Z 28 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Charles Brett (Countertenor), Christopher Keyte (Bass), Robert Tear (Tenor),
Christopher Bevan (Baritone)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1678; England 
4.
O sing unto the Lord, Z 44 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Charles Brett (Countertenor), Roger Parker (Boy Soprano), Wilfred Brown (Tenor),
Christopher Keyte (Bass)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; England 
5.
Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z 25 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Charles Brett (Countertenor), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Christopher Keyte (Bass)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680-1682; England 
6.
Who hath believed our reports?, Z 64 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Charles Brett (Countertenor), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Robert Tear (Tenor),
Christopher Keyte (Bass)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1679-1680; England 
7.
Behold, I bring you glad tidings, Z 2 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Stafford Dean (Bass),
John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1687; England 
8.
In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust, Z 16 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Stafford Dean (Bass),
John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1682 
9.
Te Deum and Jubilate in D major, Z 232 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Forbes Robinson (Bass), James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor),
Ian Partridge (Tenor), Stephen Cleobury (Organ), Jane Ryan (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Symphoniae Sacrae Consort of Sackbuts,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
10.
Funeral sentences by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Stephen Cleobury (Organ), Ian Partridge (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor),
Forbes Robinson (Bass), Jane Ryan (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Symphoniae Sacrae Consort of Sackbuts,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
11.
Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z 50 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jane Ryan (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Symphoniae Sacrae Consort of Sackbuts,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680-1682; England 
12.
March and Canzona in C minor, Z 860 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Stephen Cleobury (Organ), Jane Ryan (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Symphoniae Sacrae Consort of Sackbuts
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
13.
Thou know'st, Lord, the secrets of our hearts, Z 58c by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jane Ryan (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Stephen Cleobury (Organ)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Symphoniae Sacrae Consort of Sackbuts,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
14.
I was glad when they said unto me, O Lord, Z 19 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Stafford Dean (Bass),
John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1682-1683; England 
15.
O Lord God of hosts, Z 37 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Lynton Atkinson (Boy Soprano), Antony Dawson (Tenor), Stafford Dean (Bass),
Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Ian Partridge (Tenor), John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680-1682; England 
16.
O give thanks unto the Lord, Z 33 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Stafford Dean (Bass), Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Ian Partridge (Tenor),
John Scott (Organ), Lynton Atkinson (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 

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 Release of older recording to CD February 24, 2013 By Frank B. (San Diego, CA) See All My Reviews "This is a re-release of an old Argo recording on a CD. The music by Henry Purcell and the performance by St John's college choir are both excellent. The CD's were a bit pricey but still worth it." Report Abuse
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