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Welcome to all the pleasures, Z339
composer
22 November 1683; Ode for St Cecilia's Day
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: Odes, Vol. 1 – Royal and Ceremonial Odes' (CDA66314)
Purcell: Odes, Vol. 1 – Royal and Ceremonial Odes
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'Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs' (CDS44031/8)
Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs
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'Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures' (CDH55303)
Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures
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Details
Movement 1: Symphony
Track 11 on CDA66314 [1'32] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 11 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [1'32] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: Welcome to all the pleasures that delight
Track 12 on CDA66314 [2'07] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 12 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [2'07] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 3: Here the Deities approve
Track 13 on CDA66314 [4'40] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 13 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [4'40] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 16 on CDH55303 [3'57] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 4: While joys celestial their bright souls invade
Track 14 on CDA66314 [1'31] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 14 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [1'31] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 5: Then lift up your voices, those organs of nature
Track 15 on CDA66314 [1'54] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 15 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [1'54] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 6: Beauty, thou scene of love
Track 16 on CDA66314 [2'30] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 16 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [2'30] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 7: In a consort of voices while instruments play
Track 17 on CDA66314 [1'20] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 17 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [1'20] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Welcome to all the pleasures, Z339
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Welcome to all the pleasures is the earliest of the three Odes on disc 1, and the smallest in scale. An organization called ‘The Musical Society’ commissioned Purcell to set Christopher Fishburn’s libretto for their first celebration of St Cecilia’s Day in 1683. The event proved popular, for Purcell’s setting of the Ode was published the next year, and the Musical Society had to move to larger premises for its next celebration, although they did not call on Purcell again until 1692 when he produced Hail! bright Cecilia. For the 1683 occasion the youthful Purcell, only twenty-four, produced a work of great freshness, notable amongst many features for its wonderfully original string ritornelli with which he concludes many of the vocal sections. The work also produced one particularly successful alto solo over a ground bass, ‘Here the Deities approve’ (which moves into a most elegant string ritornello) published separately in 1689 under the title ‘A new Ground’ in the second part of Musick’s Hand-Maid. Fishburn’s text gave the composer an opportunity for gentle word-setting at ‘Beauty, thou scene of love’, and Purcell obliged with a movement given first to a solo tenor (with a delicious, and maybe slightly malicious, discord at the mention of the lute), and then taken up by the string ensemble. Unusually, Purcell employs a quiet ending to the work, with the texture of the last line of music ‘Iô Cecilia’ fading away to leave just the bass instruments and singers to conclude the Ode.

from notes by Robert King © 2010

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Details for CDS44031/8 disc 1 track 11
Symphony
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-31411
Duration
1'32
Recording date
16 May 1988
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Odes, Vol. 1 – Royal and Ceremonial Odes (CDA66314)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: November 1988
    Deletion date: October 2006
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
  2. Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs (CDS44031/8)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: November 1992
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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