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Now does the glorious day appear, Z332
composer
30 April 1689; Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday
author of text
greatly modified by Purcell
author of text
extensive modifications to Shadwell's original 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)
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'English Lute Songs' (CDH55249)
English Lute Songs
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'The James Bowman Collection' (KING3)
The James Bowman Collection
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Details
Movement 01: Symphony
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Movement 02: Now does the glorious day appear
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Movement 03: Not any one such joy could bring
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Movement 04: This does our fertile isle with glory crown
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Movement 05: Now does the glorious day appear
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Movement 06: It was a work of full as great a weight
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Movement 07: By beauteous softness mixed with majesty
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Movement 08: Her hero to whose conduct and whose arms
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Movement 09: Our dear religion, with our law's defence
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Movement 10: No more shall we the great Eliza boast
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Movement 11: Now, now, with one united voice
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Track 28 on CDS44031/8 CD1 [1'36] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Now does the glorious day appear, Z332
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Now does the glorious day appear was Purcell’s first Ode written to celebrate the birthday of Queen Mary (on 30 April 1689), and so dates from exactly a year before Arise, my muse. Thomas Shadwell was the author of the text, which Purcell altered quite extensively, even to the extent of cutting the last fifteen lines. Purcell restricted the orchestral scoring to that of a string ensemble, but added a ‘third violin’ (actually a small viola) and thus provided himself with a five-part orchestral texture. This rich texture is immediately apparent in the French-style overture which at times has stylistic elements in common with the instrumental writing of Georg Muffat. The tenor solo ‘This does our fertile isle’ is set to what must be one of Purcell’s shortest ground basses, on just two notes, but one that is nonetheless effective, especially in its transformation into an orchestral ritornello.

But the highlight of the work, a movement which surely ranks as one of Purcell’s greatest, is the alto solo, set over a wistfully sighing four-bar dropping ground bass, ‘By beauteous softness’. One of Purcell’s most ravishing solos, especially with its quietly ecstatic vocal line at ‘She with such sweetness’, the voice’s final phrase is overlapped with an exquisite five-part string ritornello of quite melting beauty.

from notes by Robert King © 2010

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Details for CDA66314 track 28
Now, now, with one united voice
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-31428
Duration
1'36
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 28
    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 28
    Release date: November 1992
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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