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Iestyn Davies, James Hall, The King's Consort & Robert King - Elegy: Countertenor duets by Purcell & Blow (2019) [Vivat; Flac/Mp3]

28.09.2019


Genre: Classical, Baroque, Vocal
Quality: MP3 CBR 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks)
Size: 178 / 322 Mb
Label: Vivat
Catalogue Number: VIVAT118
Total Time: 01:17:31

Tracklist
1. Iestyn Davies, James Hall, The King's Consort & Robert King – Timon of Athens, Z. 632: Hark! How the Songsters (03:00)
2. Iestyn Davies, James Hall, The King's Consort & Robert King – Hail, Bright Cecilia, Z. 328: No. 10, in Vain the Am'rous Flute (06:20)
3. Iestyn Davies, The King's Consort & Robert King – O Solitude, Z. 406 (05:40)
4. The King's Consort & Robert King – Dioclesian, Z. 627 (Excerpts): Chaconne (Two in One Upon a Ground) (02:44)
5. Iestyn Davies, James Hall, The King's Consort & Robert King – Ah, Heav'n! What Is't I Hear? (03:31)
6. Iestyn Davies, James Hall, The King's Consort & Robert King – Come Ye Sons of Art, Z. 323: III. Sound the Trumpet (02:23)
7. Iestyn Davies, The King's Consort & Robert King – Dioclesian, Z. 627 (Excerpts): Since the Toils and the Hazards of War (04:09)
8. Iestyn Davies, James Hall, The King's Consort & Robert King – Bonduca, Z. 574: No. 11, Sing, Sing, Ye Druids (02:36)
9. Iestyn Davies, James Hall, The King's Consort & Robert King – Paratum cor meum Deus (02:22)
10. Iestyn Davies, The King's Consort & Robert King – Incassum Lesbia, incassum rogas, Z. 383 (07:37)
11. Iestyn Davies, The King's Consort & Robert King – No., Lesbia, No., You Ask in Vain (07:07)
12. Iestyn Davies, James Hall, The King's Consort & Robert King – O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z. 504 (06:26)
13. Iestyn Davies, James Hall, The King's Consort & Robert King – An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell: No. 1, Mark How the Lark and Linnet Sing (03:52)
14. Iestyn Davies, James Hall, The King's Consort & Robert King – An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell: No. 2, But in the Close of Night (04:57)
15. Iestyn Davies, The King's Consort & Robert King – An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell: No. 3, So Ceas'd the Rival Crew When Purcell Came (02:55)
16. Iestyn Davies, The King's Consort & Robert King – An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell: No. 4, We Beg Not Hell, Our Orpheus to Restore (01:51)
17. Iestyn Davies, The King's Consort & Robert King – An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell: No. 5, The Pow'r of Harmony Too Well They Knew (02:35)
18. Iestyn Davies, James Hall, The King's Consort & Robert King – An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell: No. 6, The Heav'nly Quire, Who Heard His Notes from High (04:28)
19. Iestyn Davies, James Hall, The King's Consort & Robert King – An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell: No. 7, Ye Brethren of the Lyre, and Tuneful Voice (02:49)

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.

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. Two of these ingeniously take the same text, one in English (by Blow – a particularly fine work), the other in Latin (Purcell). Another 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’.

The death of Queen Mary, which spurred London’s two leading composers into doleful elegiac action, was soon to be followed by a greater musical calamity: the loss of Henry Purcell. 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.

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.


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