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The Henry VII Chapel, Westminster Abbey.
Track(s) taken from CDH55447
Recording details: May 1987
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: March 1988
Total duration: 7 minutes 4 seconds

'A disc no baroque music anglophile will wish to be without, for it is a vocal tour de force' (Gramophone)

'A sparkling collection which shows both the composer and these fine artists in inspirational form. The performances are joyous, witty and ravishing in their Purcellian melancholy' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

O dive custos Auriacae domus 'An elegy upon the death of Queen Mary', Z514
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançais
O dive custos Auriacae is a fine setting of Henry Parker’s text (itself a clever piece of writing whose references to Oxford and Cambridge might have drawn approving nods from classical scholars) which shows Purcell’s florid and strongly Italianate vocal style, with the voices intertwining jagged melodic inter­vals amongst passages containing chains of discords.

from notes by Robert King © 1988

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