Purcell: Funeral Sentences (CD)

Harmonia Mundi
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Collegium Vocale Ghent, Philippe Herreweghe

“While Herreweghe’s choir employs women for the treble parts, the ensemble is so expertly trained that their sound comes very close to the characteristic English choir of men and boys. Only a small number of instruments and voices is used, and this, in conjunction with a sensitive approach to style, produces performances of superior beauty and taste. Extensive care has been lavished on both clarity and precision of English diction, and outstanding choral intonation makes the clash of Purcell’s cross-relations and his dissonant chromaticism singularly effective. The singing by the soloists is consistently beautiful.” - American Record Guide

Subtitled ‘Camerata Obscura’, this is harmonia mundi’s first collection aimed at exploring the connection between photography and music. In collaboration with the National School Of Photography in Arles, a foursome of young artists was invited to take a fresh look at several key works of the Baroque repertoire which are being reissued for this occasion.

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  • Blow up the trumpet in Sion, Z10
  • Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15
  • Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: Funeral Sentences
  • My heart is inditing, Z30
  • O Lord God of hosts, Z37
  • Rejoice in the Lord alway ('The Bell Anthem'), Z49
  • Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50
  • Te Deum in D Z.232