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O Poore Distracted World! - English Songs & Anthems / Weimann, Les Voix Baroques

Peerson / Les Voix Baroques / Meyers / Weimann
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22630   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Martin PeersonJohn CoprarioHenry PurcellRobert Ramsey,   ... 
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Taking its title from the seventh of Coprario's Funeral Teares, Les Voix Baroques mine a rich seam of English melancholy, including powerful Purcell.

- BBC Music Magazine

If it’s true that sad music pacifies the spirit, then one could hardly do better than this marvelous wallow in English melancholia. These are gorgeous performances – stylish, nuanced and beautifully recorded. We cheer up – as does the music – by the end of the disc.

- The Globe and Mail (Canada)

A dozen somber songs and anthems might seem like tough going, but Le Voix Baroques have put together such a richly eclectic program that you never feel like you are wallowing in bottomless gloom. The label's typically fine
Read more audiophile sound presents voices and instruments with plenty of warmth and detail. While the theme of this album might be somewhat off-putting, trust yourself to the beauty of the music and the excellence of the performances and you will be amply rewarded.

- Musical Toronto

During 16th and 17th centuries, English music was highly original and unique both in its forms and its characteristic mood. Melancholy was the prevailing mood everywhere on the continent in those days, but it was particularly characteristic of the work of British intellectuals, writers, and composers — from the most obscure to the likes of Shakespeare, Dowland, Locke, Blow and Purcell. The Anthems and Songs on this CD reveal some of the most touching pieces from this era.

Under the artistic direction of Matthew White, Les Voix Baroques is an ensemble of vocal soloists that works in conjunction with prominent instrumentalists, ensembles and music directors to present vocal works from, and related to, the Renaissance and Baroque, in formats ranging from traditional concerts to fully staged operatic events. Alexander Weimann is currently artistic director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and one of the most sought after ensemble leaders, soloists, and chamber music partners of his generation.
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Works on This Recording

1.
O let me at thy footstool fall by Martin Peerson
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1614; England 
2.
Songs of Mourning: O poore distracted world by John Coprario
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
3.
Let mine eyes run down with tears, Z 24 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1682; England 
4.
In guilty night by Robert Ramsey
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
5.
O Lord, give ear to my complaint by Thomas Lupo
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
6.
In guilty night, Z 134 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
7.
I will give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, Z 20 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1682; England 
8.
I said in the cutting off of my days by John Blow
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
9.
Rejoice in the Lord by William Croft
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1706; England 
10.
In Nomine, M 15 "If that a sinner's sighs" by John Milton
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
11.
O how happy he whom thou protect'st by Thomas Weelkes
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
12.
The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble by Matthew Locke
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques

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