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Track(s) taken from CDA66656
Recording details: April 1993
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: June 1993
Total duration: 1 minutes 27 seconds

'I continue to be grateful for King's recordings of these works, recordings which those readers interested in Purcell will cherish' (Fanfare, USA)

We sing to him whose wisdom form'd the ear, Z199
1688; Harmonia Sacra 1
author of text

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James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Purcell’s short setting of Nathaniel Ingelo’s We sing to him, whose wisdom form’d the ear dates from 1688 and was published in volume 1 of Harmonia Sacra. Once again the composer demonstrates his responsiveness to the text, pointing important words and phrases. The imperative ‘hear’ leaps up an octave, the ‘spring of mirth’ curls down the scale, and ‘harmony’ is richly scored. The ‘humble sonnets’ rise as they ‘that praise rehearse’, and Purcell’s harmony ingeniously sorts itself out for ‘music’. For the chorus the soprano is joined by a bass, and they dance ‘whilst we sing’ and ‘consecrate our art’: the music rises gloriously as they ‘offer up with ev’ry tongue a heart’.

from notes by Robert King ©

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