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Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 1 - Royal and Ceremonial Odes (1988)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 1 - Royal and Ceremonial Odes (1988)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 1 - Royal and Ceremonial Odes (1988)
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Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66314 | Recorded: 1988

Arise, my muse dates from 1690, the second of six years in which Purcell was commissioned to write an Ode for the birthday of Queen Mary. That year saw a change in the orchestral scoring of Purcell’s Odes, with the addition of wind and brass instruments (other than the pair of recorders that had featured on various previous occasions) to the established string texture. For this work, with an unusually inspired libretto, Purcell added pairs of oboes, recorders and trumpets, and also a second viola to the string section, making possible sounds of great richness.
Welcome to all the pleasures is the earliest of the three Odes on disc 1, and the smallest in scale. An organization called ‘The Musical Society’ commissioned Purcell to set Christopher Fishburn’s libretto for their first celebration of St Cecilia’s Day in 1683. The event proved popular, for Purcell’s setting of the Ode was published the next year, and the Musical Society had to move to larger premises for its next celebration, although they did not call on Purcell again until 1692 when he produced Hail! bright Cecilia. For the 1683 occasion the youthful Purcell, only twenty-four, produced a work of great freshness, notable amongst many features for its wonderfully original string ritornelli with which he concludes many of the vocal sections.
Now does the glorious day appear was Purcell’s first Ode written to celebrate the birthday of Queen Mary (on 30 April 1689), and so dates from exactly a year before Arise, my muse. Thomas Shadwell was the author of the text, which Purcell altered quite extensively, even to the extent of cutting the last fifteen lines. Purcell restricted the orchestral scoring to that of a string ensemble, but added a ‘third violin’ (actually a small viola) and thus provided himself with a five-part orchestral texture. This rich texture is immediately apparent in the French-style overture which at times has stylistic elements in common with the instrumental writing of Georg Muffat. The tenor solo ‘This does our fertile isle’ is set to what must be one of Purcell’s shortest ground basses, on just two notes, but one that is nonetheless effective, especially in its transformation into an orchestral ritornello.
But the highlight of the work, a movement which surely ranks as one of Purcell’s greatest, is the alto solo, set over a wistfully sighing four-bar dropping ground bass, ‘By beauteous softness’. One of Purcell’s most ravishing solos, especially with its quietly ecstatic vocal line at ‘She with such sweetness’, the voice’s final phrase is overlapped with an exquisite five-part string ritornello of quite melting beauty.
–Robert King

Performer:
The King's Consort
Robert King, director

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BIRTHDAY ODE FOR QUEEN MARY, 1690
Arise, my muse Z320
01. Symphony
02. Arise, my muse
03. Ye sons of music raise your voices high
04. Then sound your instruments and charm the earth
05. See how the glitt'ring ruler of the day
06. Hail, gracious Gloriana
07. And since the time's distress to wars' alarms
08. To quell his country's foes
09. But ah, I see Eusebia drown'd in tears
10. But Glory cries 'Go on'
ODE FOR ST CECILIA'S DAY, 1683
Welcome to all the pleasures Z339
11. Symphony
12. Welcome to all the pleasures that delight
13. Here the Deities approve
14. While joys celestial their bright souls invade
15. Then lift up your voices, those organs of nature
16. Beauty, thou scene of love
17. In a consort of voices while instruments play
BIRTHDAY ODE FOR QUEEN MARY, 1689
Now does the glorious day appear Z332
18. Symphony
19. Now does the glorious day appear
20. Not any one such joy could bring
21. This does our fertile isle with glory crown
22. Now does the glorious day appear
23. It was a work of full as great a weight
24. By beauteous softness mixed with majesty
25. Her hero to whose conduct and whose arms
26. Our dear religion, with our law's defence
27. No more shall we the great Eliza boast
28. Now, now, with one united voice


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Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 1 - Royal and Ceremonial Odes (1988)

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