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Track(s) taken from CDA66585
Recording details: November 1991
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: March 1992
Total duration: 11 minutes 55 seconds

'If later volumes are as deftly and feelingly accomplished as this one, then King's grand Purcellian tour ought to be a landmark in English music discography' (The Independent)

'Purcell has seldom been this lucky' (CDReview)

It is a good thing to give thanks, Z18
composer
1682/5
author of text
Psalm 92: 1-6

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
It is a good thing to give thanks dates from around 1682-1685, with the instrumental writing, clearly designed for single strings, florid and full of the dancing, dotted rhythms that so pleased Charles II (but that had been a feature of music on the Continent for many years previously).

The Symphony is in the usual two halves, the first a duple-time, pompous section typical of a French opera overture, and the second a lively triple-time section whose music recurs in many of the subsequent ritornelli. The three solo voices function largely as a unit, although there is plenty of variety in texture from purely homophonic to quite complex counterpoint. Almost every section is concluded with an instrumental ritornello, with the midpoint marked by a repetition of the triple-time section from the Symphony.

After this interlude the solo bass is given a recitativo-like section, full of word-painting and making much use of vocal and harmonic colour. Once again, the range of the part is enormous, from low D on ‘very deep’ to notes two octaves and more above. The trio solo returns with ‘For thou, Lord, hast made me glad’, leading into a series of Alleluias which make much use of echo effects. After a reprise of the opening vocal material and the dotted ritornello the function of the full choir is small, providing just a simple ‘Alleluia’ at the conclusion – such a device was of course deliberate, for it would not have taken long to teach the boys of the choir their music for this particular service!

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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