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Track(s) taken from CDA66644
Recording details: January 1996
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs & Lindsay Pell
Release date: March 1993
Total duration: 1 minutes 50 seconds

'Every number brings new riches, and two have never been recorded before. Indeed, 'The Way of God' is a revelation' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'This disc is full of the wonderful writing that we expect from Purcell … that is becoming better known and understood through Robert King's performances' (Fanfare, USA)

'Every number brings new riches and two have never been recorded before. This magnificent project shows no signs of flagging' (BBC CD Review)

Sleep, Adam, and take thy rest, Z195
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The author of ‘Adam’s Sleep’ is unknown, but Purcell’s 1683 setting of Sleep, Adam, and take thy rest (making this his earliest solo devotional song) displays all the characteristics of skilful pictorialisation which culminated ten years later in ‘The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation’. The opening finds Adam sleeping quietly, the voice low in its range but quickly rising as the sleeping man awakes to see what God has done whilst he rested. The key brightens as the woman (sprung from Adam’s side and so new that she has not yet been named Eve) is viewed for the first time; her appearance ushers in the brief seven bars of arioso ‘Flesh of thy flesh’. ‘Wake, Adam, wake’ comes with more emphasis as Adam greets his new bride, but the caveat is delicious in its sinewy, serpentine lines for both voice and continuo lest the new-found joy ‘prove thy snare’.

from notes by Robert King ©

Other albums featuring this work
'Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44141/51)
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
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