Purcell/Blow: Ode on Purcell’s Death

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COMPOSERS: Purcell/Blow
WORKS: Ode on Purcell’s Death
PERFORMER: Daniel Taylor (countertenor); Da Sonar
CATALOGUE NO: ACS 22133 (distr. Harmonia Mundi)
Daniel Taylor possesses the gentlest and lushest of voices, perfectly suited to Purcell. This collection includes half a dozen of that composer’s finest songs, interspersed with four instrumental sonatas gorgeously played by Da Sonar, and it’s capped touchingly – albeit revealingly, since its composer’s talents were no match for Purcell’s – with John Blow’s Ode on Purcell’s Death. Stephen Pettitt