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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: 3 minutes 22 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)

Ah, heav'n! What is't I hear?
composer
1700; Amphion Anglicus
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançais
Blow’s charming setting of Ah, heav’n! What is’t I hear?, published in Amphion Anglicus in 1700, shows an elegant control of vocal line and an effective use of adventurous harmony, all contained within a compact and clearly defined structure. The duet is an excellent example which justifies the respect which Blow’s work received during his lifetime, and the unfairness of Burney’s attacks on his abilities as a composer.

from notes by Robert King © 1988

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