Purcell - Birthday Odes for Queen Mary | Vivat VIVAT122

Purcell - Birthday Odes for Queen Mary

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Label: Vivat

Cat No: VIVAT122

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 24th September 2021

Contents

Artists

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Emily Owen (soprano)
Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
Hugh Cutting (countertenor)
Charles Daniels (tenor)
David de Winter (tenor)
Matthew Brook (bass)
Edward Grint (bass)
The Kingís Consort

Conductor

Robert King

Works

Purcell, Henry

Arise my Muse, Z320
Celebrate this Festival, Z321
Love's goddess sure (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary, 1692), Z331

Artists

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Emily Owen (soprano)
Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
Hugh Cutting (countertenor)
Charles Daniels (tenor)
David de Winter (tenor)
Matthew Brook (bass)
Edward Grint (bass)
The Kingís Consort

Conductor

Robert King

About

Following their much-lauded recent recording of Purcell Royal Odes, The Kingís Consort gathers together the same world-class vocal and instrumental ensemble in three more of Purcellís finest odes written to celebrate the birthday of Queen Mary.

Purcellís odes for Queen Mary show him at his best. A glorious succession of overtures, choruses, arias and delicious ritornelli display astonishing imagination and ingenuity: whilst overtly celebratory, never far beneath the surface lies the sense of melancholy which is the hallmark of Purcellís greatest music. Arise my Muse (1690), Loveís goddess sure (1692) and Celebrate this festival (1693) are amongst his finest works.

For more than three decades TKC has been renowned across the globe for its performances of the music of Henry Purcell. In 1988, TKC recorded its first disc of Purcellís odes: that ground-breaking series was followed by complete series of the sacred music and the secular songs, and changed the musical worldís perception of Purcell. Since then there has been hardly a year in which the odes havenít appeared in TKCís concert programmes: this is music which runs through the ensembleís veins.

In April 2021, TKC returned to the studio to record three substantial odes written for Queen Mary. An outstanding team of soloists (led by Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies, Charles Daniels and Matthew Brook) included one member of the ensemble who took part in that first recording, alongside others who have been performing these works with TKC for twenty years. On the other hand, three of the singers were not even born when TKC first recorded Purcell odes. A superlative instrumental ensemble provides equally outstanding contributions.

The recording was made in the spacious surroundings of the recently-restored Fairfield Halls, whose warm, clear acoustic is perfect for this music. Extensive presentation includes a 52-page booklet with substantial liner notes in three languages, together with sung texts and session photos.

Reviews

Stylish, affectionate performances Ö the instrumental colours are beautifully shaded Ö the singing is exemplary across the board Ö Bring on the next volume!  Alexandra Coghlan
Gramophone Awards 2021

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