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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66716
Recording details: April 1994
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: November 1994
Total duration: 8 minutes 36 seconds

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Awake, awake, put on thy strength, Z1
author of text
Isaiah 51: 9-11

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Awake, awake, put on thy strength is found only in one source, the ‘Royal’ manuscript, copied by Purcell in his early years and now in The British Library. Seventeen of Purcell’s verse anthems with strings are preserved in that collection, all copied before 1685. This particular anthem probably dates from 1680-82. The final chorus was never copied; instead, the manuscript contains a blank page. For this recording Robert King has reconstructed the missing bars, continuing the ground bass and utilising material that is largely Purcell’s.

The Symphony is splendidly grand, the dotted rhythms of the opening underpinned by Purcell’s glorious harmonies and wonderfully-crafted inner parts. The second, triple-time section dances in the joyful, lilting rhythms that so pleased King Charles II and leads straight into the first vocal music: a solo bass, remembering past miracles, loudly calls on God to wake and ‘put on thy strength’. At ‘Therefore the redeemed of the Lord’ a trio of soloists enters in more gentle vein, with especially appealing harmony colouring ‘and sorrow and mourning shall flee away’, and are followed by a reprise of the dancing triple section of the Symphony. This time Purcell continues and extends the section with the three soloists: his Alleluias dance joyously over a swinging, four-bar ground bass, wonderfully compelling in their inexorable momentum, building towards a string ritornello (containing one of Purcell’s expressive sections, sometimes marked ‘drag’ but here the equally direct ‘slow’) and a joyous final chorus.

from notes by Robert King ©

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'Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44141/51)
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
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