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Hyperion Records

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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: 2 minutes 31 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)

O, all ye people, clap your hands, Z138
composer
circa 1680
author of text
Psalm 47

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This splendid anthem is another four-part setting dating from around 1680 of a psalm paraphrase by John Patrick. The opening is jubilant, and the voices alternate between the trumpet-like calls of ‘O, all ye people’ and busy running passagework where they ‘make a cheerful noise’. After brief homophony at ‘declare your inward joys’ the close imitation returns, with ‘his high perfections’ thrown rapidly between the four voices. The trumpet calls continue at ‘In a triumphant state our Lord is gone’, and the full ensemble and the two boys alternate fanfares and echoes as the instruments ‘proclaim our joys’. ‘Sing cheerful praises to our God’ is more melodic, and God rules harmoniously ‘o’er the heathen people’ before the tempo is broadened as God ‘shall judge the world at last’.

from notes by Robert King ©

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