Purcell Ode for St Cecilia’s Day 1692

Purcell Ode for St Cecilia’s Day 1692

Henry Purcell

Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z.328 Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day

2 Verse Anthems:

My beloved spake

O sing unto the Lord

Gabrieli Consort & Players

Paul McCreesh (conductor)

“Paul McCreesh’s version of the Ode is very much a product of its age: with supremely assured execution as sine qua non, the contrasts between intimacy and brandished opulence are meticulously prepared and boldly realized.” – Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (album liner notes)

Excerpt: “In vain the amorous flute and soft guitar”

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“Charles Daniels makes another sterling appearance, and Paul McCreesh’s reading of the Ode is probably one of the most consistently convincing of latter-day recordings. This is certainly a fine crop of Purcell reissues.”Gramophone

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