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Purcell, Henry: Odes and Welcome Songs, Vol 2: Hail, bright Cecilia! CD Hyperion 1997

Purcell: Complete Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol 2:

Hail, bright Cecilia!


‘Highly desirable additions to any Purcell collection’ The Times

Composer Henry Purcell
Conductor Robert King
Gillian Fisher (soprano)
James Bowman (countertenor)
Rogers Covey-Crump (high tenor)
John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Michael George (bass)
Simon Keenlyside (bass)
The Choir of New College Oxford
The King’s Consort

Label Hyperion

Code CDA66349
Released 1 February 1990
Recorded 27 February – 1 March 1997
Number of discs 1
ASIN B000002ZM1

Track Listing

Hail, bright Cecilia!
Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, 1692
1.    Symphony
2.    soli (GF, JB, JMA, MG) and chorus
3.    alto (JB) and bass (MG)duet
4.    alto solo (JB)
5.    chorus
6.    soprano solo (GF) and chorus
7.    alto (JB), tenor (JMA) and bass (SK)
8.    bass solo (MG)
9.    high tenor solo (RC-C)
10. alto (JB) and tenor (JMA) duet
11. tenor solo (JMA)
12.  duet for 2 bases (SK, MG)
13.    chorus
Who can from joy refrain?
Birthday Ode for the Duke of Gloucester, 1695
14.  Overture
15.      alto (JB) solo and chorus
16.      high tenor (RC-C) solo
17.      bass (MG) solo
18.      soprano (TB) solo
19.     tenor (JMA) solo
20.     soprano duet (GF, TB) and chorus Label

Also available in the boxed set of 8 discs:


What the critics say

David Fallows for Gramophone, July 1990

‘For those to whom Purcell’s unfailing sensitivity and inventiveness in the setting of English texts is a constant miracle, the problem with this series is knowing where to start’

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