Elizabethan Lute Songs; Purcell - Birthday Odes | Erato 9029554315

Elizabethan Lute Songs; Purcell - Birthday Odes

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Label: Erato

Cat No: 9029554315

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 25th January 2019

Contents

Artists

James Bowman
Robert Spencer
Dennis Nesbitt
Oliver Brookes
Norma Burrowes
Charles Brett
Robert Lloyd
The Early Music Consort of London

Conductor

David Munrow

Artists

James Bowman
Robert Spencer
Dennis Nesbitt
Oliver Brookes
Norma Burrowes
Charles Brett
Robert Lloyd
The Early Music Consort of London

Conductor

David Munrow

About

Countertenor James Bowman (b.1941) enjoyed a long association with early English song, an interest which bore fruit with this 1972 recording of Elizabethan lute songs, here making its first appearance on CD. Together with the lutenist Robert Spencer, Bowman arranged the programme to reflect the repertory of the theatre and court and the career of John Dowland, with a final homage to Italy, the cradle of early song. The recordings of Purcellís Birthday Odes date from 1975. Between 1689 and 1694, Henry Purcell produced an annual ode for the celebration of Queen Maryís birthday. The last and best known is Come, Ye Sons of Art, which drew on the composerís recent successes in the theatre by employing a larger orchestra than usual (with trumpets, oboes and recorders) and giving the chorus a more prominent role.

From the late 1960s the countertenor James Bowman was at the forefront of the early music revival. He made his London debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1967 and enjoyed a decade of work with David Munrow and the Early Music Consort, later collaborating with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music. In the early 1970s Bowman and the Early Music Consort made ground-breaking recordings of Medieval and Renaissance music, also pioneering historically accurate practice in music of the 17th century, notably with the album ĎMonteverdiís Contemporariesí (1976).

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