Elegy: Purcell & Blow - Countertenor Duets | Vivat VIVAT118

Elegy: Purcell & Blow - Countertenor Duets

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Label: Vivat

Cat No: VIVAT118

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Expected Release Date: 27th September 2019



Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
James Hall (countertenor)
The King’s Consort


Robert King


Blow, John

Ah, heav'n! What is't I hear?
An Ode on the death of Mr. Henry Purcell
No, Lesbia,no, you ask in vain (The Queen's Epicedium)
Paratum cor meum

Purcell, Henry

Bonduca or The British Heroine, Z574
» Sing, sing ye druids
Come ye Sons of Art, Z323
» Sound the trumpet
Dioclesian, Z627
» Act 3: Chaconne (Two in one upon a Ground)
» Since the toils and the hazards of war
Hail! Bright Cecilia, Z328
» In vain the am'rous flute
Incassum Lesbia, incassum rogas 'The Queen's Epicedium', Z383
O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z504
O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406
Timon of Athens, Z632
» Hark! how the songsters of the grove


Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
James Hall (countertenor)
The King’s Consort


Robert King


World-renowned countertenor Iestyn Davies, partnered by outstanding young countertenor James Hall and The King’s Consort, turns his attention to the music of Henry Purcell and his colleague John Blow. Iestyn Davies shows himself to be a true master of this repertoire, beautifully partnered by James Hall and by an ensemble which has dominated the world of Purcell recordings for more than thirty years.

This beautifully themed programme of solos and duets centres on elegies, and concludes with Blow’s magnificent ‘Ode on the death of Purcell’. Rarely heard together on one recording are a set of three substantial elegies composed by Purcell and Blow to commemorate the untimely death of the much-loved Queen Mary. A highlight is Iestyn’s seraphic rendition of the melancholy masterpiece, ‘O solitude’. Around these come duets both famous and less familiar, including ‘Hark how the songsters’, Blow’s ravishing ‘Ah, heav’n, what is’t I hear?’, the deliciously languid ‘In vain the am’rous flute’ and, of course, ‘Sound the trumpet’. John Blow’s outstanding ‘Ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell’ is not only a heartfelt tribute to his colleague, but one of the most outstanding English works of the era.

Recorded in a new world-class recording venue, Alpheton New Maltings, demonstrating its exceptional acoustic of striking clarity and warmth.

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