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Henry Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King James II ()

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composed by Henry Purcell

The Purcell pieces on this release by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen are comparative rarities. Hearing them, it's hard to understand why this is so; perhaps conductors and editors scanning them in printed form were discouraged by the formulaic doggerel text offerings to King James II in this Royal Welcome Music. But the young Purcell's response to them was sparkling and perhaps a little subversive: the booklet notes that the two Welcome Songs contain long stretches of instrumental music that appear to be there for the ...

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  1. Chacony, for 4 strings in G minor, Z. 730
  2. When on my sick bed I languish, sacred song for tenor, bass, male chorus & continuo, Z. 144
  3. True Englishmen drink a good health ("Song with music on the 7 Bishops"), catch for 3 voices, Z. 284
  4. Ye tuneful muses (Welcome Ode for Charles II), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 344
  5. A New Irish Tune ("Lilliburlero"), for harpsichord in G major, Z. 646
  6. God is gone up ("Canon 7 in 1 at the unison"), canon for 7 voices, Z. 107
  7. A New Scotch Tune, for harpsichord in G major, Z. 655
  8. Save me, O God, anthem for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass, chorus & organ, Z. 51
  9. Sound the trumpet, beat the drum (Welcome Ode for James II), for 2 altos, tenors, basses, chorus, strings & continuo, Z. 335
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Henry Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King James II
2017, Coro

UPC: 828021615122

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