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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDD22055
Recording details: March 1995
New Hall, Winchester College, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1995
Total duration: 6 minutes 26 seconds

'Winchester Cathedral Choir is singing wonderfully well these days … one of the richest of all contributions to the excellent English Orpheus Series' (Gramophone)

'Well worth exploring' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Quite apart from the beauties of the music itself, the perfomances are all first rate. The soloists are clearly at home in this idiom, singing it as their native musical language. The sound is warm but clear, with a delicious intimacy that is entirely in character for music written primarily for the Chapel Royal … the choir is excellent, as are the period instrumentalists, and David Hill directs performances that are sensitive, well paced, and coherent. So far, this is still the mother lode among recordings of Blow's church music' (American Record Guide)

'Performances that are not likely to be bettered soon. The sound is marvellous … it is an important and essential addition to any collection of English church music, the 50 percent reduction in price now leaving no further excuse for anyone remotely interested in this field' (Fanfare, USA)

'When it comes to re-releases this is a great buy … this is an excellent vintage recording with Robin Blaze and Stephen Varcoe, just a couple of singers amongst a considerable feast of talent. The sound produced here is fabulous and the singing wonderful with crisp, rhythmic playing from Peter Holman's instrumental group' (Cathedral Music)

'Un pur ravissement' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)

'Un suculento banquete de solemnidad británica' (Ritmo, Spain)

How doth the city sit solitary
composer
early 1670s
author of text
Lamentations 1: 1, 2, 12, 20, 16; 2: 13

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