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Hyperion Records

CDS44141/51 - Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
Recording details: Various dates
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Various engineers
Release date: November 2002
Total duration: 725 minutes 34 seconds

'It is hard to speak too highly of this enterprise … much enjoyment to be had' (Gramophone)

'the performances from The King’s Consort and its Choir, the Choir of New College and a starry line-up of soloists have such qualities of concentration and precision in their engagement with the music' (BBC Music Magazine)

'When I made my first acquaintance with these recordings, I was completely won over not only by the dazzlingly high technical standard, but by the apparent affinity that King and his colleagues have for the idiom itself … this is an achievement that will not soon be equalled, let alone superseded' (American Record Guide)

'This is truly a box of delights … a stupendous account of Purcell’s music' (Cathedral Music)

'One of the noblest achievements in the history of the recording world. The recording quality is excellent and the choice of artists worthy of the music. With this superb issue Hyperion have once again shown what can be achieved in the field of recording by selecting the right artists and by allowing them due time and space for the deployment of their skills. This is an issue in ten thousand. Buy it' (Musical Opinion)

The Complete Sacred Music
Part 1: Symphony  [2'05]
Part 1: Symphony  [2'30]
Part 1: Symphony  [2'09]
Part 1: Symphony  [2'37]
Part 1: Symphony  [2'51]
Part 3: Symphony  [1'51]
Part 1: Symphony  [1'36]
Part 4: Symphony  [1'31]
Drums  [1'53]
Drums  [2'01]
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Introduction  EnglishFranšaisDeutsch
Purcell began his musical upbringing as a boy chorister. There is nothing inherently unusual about that, for many British musicians have, over the years, been fortunate enough to have that unequalled education. But had he been born just a few years earlier, this would have been impossible. Fortunately, within a few months of his birth the puritan rule of Oliver Cromwell came to an end, and the monarchy and the Anglican Church were restored to Britain, releasing with it a burst of musical creativity and life that has never since been repeated. By the 1680s, when Purcell’s genius was flowering, London was buzzing with newly-written m