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Track(s) taken from CDA66707
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: October 1994
Total duration: 6 minutes 52 seconds

'This is an altogether exceptional undertaking, deserving of congratulations all round' (Choir & Organ)

'An excellent addition to a very fine series of discs' X (Cross Rhythms)

Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord, Z45
early 1680 ?; Flackton Manuscript, British Museum Add.MS30931
author of text
Psalm 130: 1-7

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This remarkable verse anthem appears in Purcell’s own hand in the Flackton Manuscript (British Museum Add. MS 30931) and may date from as early as 1680. The verse sections are scored for three soloists: a treble, high tenor and bass. The opening is mournful in tone, the treble crawling out from the lowest depths of his voice and the three voices calling to each other; their cries are further enhanced by false relations and angular intervals in the vocal lines. But there is salvation in God, and first the soloists and then the chorus take up the triple-metre ‘But there is mercy with thee’. The bass solo ‘I look for the Lord’ is a splendid movement, set over a running bass and including two fine melismas on ‘fleeth’ before the trio return with the more positive, major key ‘O Israel, trust in the Lord’. Even here, however, the appealing mood of the opening is not entirely absent, with harmonic tension building during the repetitions of ‘for with the Lord there is mercy’. The chorus enters with a more optimistic section, and the anthem ends confidently.

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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