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Purcell - Royal Odes

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Label: Vivat

Cat No: VIVAT121

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 26th February 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 King’s Consort

Conductor

Robert King

Works

Purcell, Henry

Now does the glorious day appear, Z332
Welcome, welcome, glorious morn, Z338
Why, why are all the Muses mute?, Z343

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 King’s Consort

Conductor

Robert King

About

An outstanding new recording from The King’s Consort brings together a world-class vocal and instrumental ensemble in a glorious programme of three of Purcell’s finest Royal Odes.

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 Purcell’s odes: that ground-breaking series of the complete odes (most of them at that time largely unknown) was followed by similar series of the sacred music and the secular songs, and changed the musical world’s perception of Purcell. Since then there has been hardly a year in which the odes haven’t appeared in TKC’s concert programmes: this is music which runs through the ensemble’s veins.

Spanning almost the whole of his period as an established composer, Purcell’s odes show him at his finest. A glorious succession of overtures, choruses, arias and delicious ritornelli display astonishing imagination and ingenuity: yet never far beneath the surface lies the sense of melancholy, of fading glory, that is the hallmark of Purcell’s greatest music.

During the pandemic lockdown of Autumn 2020, thirty-two years after their first Purcell recording, TKC returned to the studio to record three substantial odes: two written for Queen Mary, and one for King James II. 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 2020’s singers were not even born when TKC recorded that first disc. A superlative instrumental ensemble provides equally outstanding contributions.

The recording was made in the spacious surroundings of recently restored Fairfield Halls, whose warm, clear acoustic is perfect for this music. Extensive presentation includes a 48 page full colour booklet with substantial liner notes in three languages, together with sung texts and session photos.

A video documentary recorded at the sessions is on YouTube channel ‘VivatMusicLive’ and at www.vivatmusic.com

Reviews

the sound obtained in the Fairfield Halls in Croydon is of outstanding quality, with splendid balance to the ensemble singing and excellent detail in the orchestral playing… In the face of such satisfyingly integrated performances, it seems invidious to single out special moments.  Brian Robins
Early Music Review 7 February 2021
It’s hard to imagine these performances bettered… It helps that King has assembled another crack team of singers…this is achingly excellent playing.  Alexandra Coghlan
Gramophone March 2021
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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