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Love’s Goddess Sure was Blind - Purcell

 
Love’s Goddess Sure was Blind - Purcell-Choral Collection
ID: COR16024 (EAN: 828021602429)  | 1 CD | DDD
Released in: 2004
LABEL:
CORO
Collection:
Choral Collection
Composers:
MORLEY, Thomas | PURCELL, Henry
Ensembles:
The Sixteen | The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
Conductors:
CHRISTOPHERS, Harry
Other info:

The Complete Funeral Music for Queen Mary (1695)
Carys Lane, Libby Crabtree (soprano duet)
Tracklist
 
PURCELL, Henry (1659-1695) 
Two Latin Motets  
1. Jehova, Quam Multi Sunt Hostes Mei5:59 
2. Misere Mei1:10 
Funeral Sentences  
3. Man That Is Born Of A Woman2:38 
4. In The Midst Of Life4:54 
5. Thou Knowest, Lord, The Secrets Of Our Hearts3:36 
Incassum, Lesbia, incassum rogas Ode for Queen Mary’s Birthday, 1692 
6. Incassum, Lesbia, Incassum Rogas7:14 
Love’s goddess sure was blind 
7. Sinfonie5:06 
8. Love's Goddess Sure Was Blind This Day3:00 
9. Those Eyes That Form, That Lofty Mien1:21 
10. Sweetness Of Nature, And True Wit2:44 
11. Long May She Reign Over This Isle2:47 
12. May Her Blest Example Chase2:02 
13. Many Such Days May She Behold3:08 
14. May She To Heaven Late Return3:04 
Elegy on the Death of Queen Mary  
15. O Dive Custos Auricae Domus6:42 
Carys Lane, Libby Crabtree (soprano duet) 
PURCELL, Henry (1659-1695), MORLEY, Thomas 
The Complete Funeral Music for Queen Mary (1695), Order of Service at The Burial of the Dead 
16. The Queen's Farewell4:29 
17. Marsch1:43 
18. The Queen's Farewell2:51 
19. Marsch1:35 
20. I Am The Resurrection And The Life1:20 
21. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth1:40 
22. We Brought Nothing Into This World1:42 
23. Man That Is Born Of A Woman1:16 
24. In The Midst Of Life1:25 
25. Thou Knowest, Lord, The Secrets Of Our Hearts1:58 
26. Canzona2:28 
27. I Heard A Voice From Heaven1:33 

Review:
 

This disc combines some of Henry Purcell’s most powerful masterpieces. Love’s goddess sure was blind, an exuberant tribute to the young Queen Mary, and some of his most eloquent compositions, written for her funeral.
Love’s Goddess Sure was Blind , written in exuberant and florid style for the birthday of the much loved young Queen Mary ends, extraordinarily, with a reflection on the grief her eventual death would provoke. It was less than six years later that the prophesied mourning became a reality, when, in her early thirties, she succumbed to smallpox. Purcell’s eloquent compositions for her funeral are acknowledged as some of his most powerful masterpieces marrying a genuine of expression of grief (Purcell greatly admired the witty, musical Mary) with a characteristic sophistication of style.
“This magnificent contribution … breaks new ground in scholarship, matching it with performances of the highest order ... the elegy O Dive Custos, with the astonishingly boy-like voices of Libby Crabtree and Carys Lane, is the unforgettable high point in this superb tribute to Purcell and his Queen.” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE


 

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