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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66623
Recording details: August 1992
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs & Lindsay Pell
Release date: January 1993
Total duration: 4 minutes 52 seconds

'Material of unimpeachable high quality. Another extremely rewarding release' (Gramophone)

The Lord is king, be the people never so impatient, Z53
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Psalm 99: 1-3, 5

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The writing for two solo trebles in The Lord is king, be the people never so impatient is clear proof that the Chapel Royal was blessed with two especially fine choristers (probably, we can assume, during the early 1680s). Purcell’s setting is highly Italianate and florid, at times almost instrumental, and is a vocal tour de force to which only two highly talented boys could have done justice.

The opening section contains all these extrovert qualities, the two voices overlapping and intertwining while the earth rumbles away in its melismatic disquiet. ‘The Lord is great’ is beautifully set, lifting the voices exultantly through their upper registers, and joyfully giving ‘thanks unto thy name’. The return from the bouncing triple-time to a duple measure at ‘which is great’ is highly effective, but even more so is the gradual change to awestruck wonder as the section ends ‘is great, wonderful and holy’. The chorus maintains this deferential mood, the word ‘fall’ given word-painting such as only Purcell could, before the two boys return for an even more florid Gloria. Their section culminates in a thoroughly violinistic outflow of notes before a simple choral Alleluia closes a unique verse anthem.

from notes by Robert King ©

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