Blow: An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell; Songs from Amphion Anglicus

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COMPOSERS: Blow
LABELS: Sony
WORKS: An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell; Songs from Amphion Anglicus
PERFORMER: Vocal & instrumental soloists/ Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)
CATALOGUE NO: SBK 60097 ADD
‘Born in the famous English county of Nottinghamshire,’ the booklet note tells us in the finest travelogue manner, ‘Blow lived a traditional musical and spiritual life.’ Make of that what you will, but do not be deflected from the disc itself. Blow’s Ode on the Death of Henry Purcell (his one-time pupil) is a well-constructed, deeply felt piece, whose characteristically individual inflections provide an additional dimension of personal sorrow. The recording was made 25 years ago, providing listeners with an opportunity to hear several outstanding vocalists, among them James Bowman, in their prime. Nicholas Anderson

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