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Who can from joy refrain?, Z342
composer
24 July 1695; Birthday Ode for the Duke of Gloucester
author of text
probable author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: Hail! bright Cecilia & Who can from joy refrain?' (CDH55327)
Purcell: Hail! bright Cecilia & Who can from joy refrain?
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55327  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs' (CDS44031/8)
Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs
Buy by post £38.50 CDS44031/8  8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1' (HYP12)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
HYP12  Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Details
Movement 1: Overture
Track 14 on CDH55327 [4'27] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 14 on CDS44031/8 CD2 [4'27] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: Who can from joy refrain?
Movement 3: A Prince of glorious race descended
Track 16 on CDH55327 [3'34] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 16 on CDS44031/8 CD2 [3'34] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 3 on HYP12 [3'34] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
Movement 4: The Father brave as e'er was Dane
Track 17 on CDH55327 [1'29] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 17 on CDS44031/8 CD2 [1'29] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 5: The Graces in his Mother shine
Track 18 on CDH55327 [2'00] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 18 on CDS44031/8 CD2 [2'00] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 6: Sound the Trumpet and beat the warlike Drum
Track 19 on CDH55327 [2'29] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 19 on CDS44031/8 CD2 [2'29] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 7: If now he burns with noble flame
Track 20 on CDH55327 [5'31] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 20 on CDS44031/8 CD2 [5'31] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Who can from joy refrain?, Z342
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Purcell’s last Occasional Ode, Who can from joy refrain?, was written for the birthday, on 24 July 1695, of the six year-old Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, son of Princess (later Queen) Anne. The Queen had eighteen children, all of whom died in infancy except Prince William; his life reached only to the age of eleven. The performance took place in Richmond House, Kew, and was given by a select number of the royal musicians. The Ode contained an important trumpet part, whose warlike tones particularly appealed to the young Prince, and this part was played by the trumpet virtuoso John Shore. The work is far more typical of the majority of Purcell’s two dozen Odes than Hail! bright Cecilia, being written for a relatively small group of performers. Four of the singers are named on the autograph manuscript, and they seem to have taken both the solos and the choruses. The instruments all appear to have been played one to a part. The inclusion of woodwind instruments (other than recorders) was a fairly recent development for Purcell, and in this case his clearly indicated writing for a small oboe band (two oboes, tenor oboe and the recently introduced bassoon) was particularly effective.

‘The Duke of Gloucester’s Birthday Ode’ shows so much that is wonderful in Purcell’s writing: the Overture contains a marvellously rich slow section before the canzona returns, and the solo movements all feature music of the highest order. ‘A Prince of glorious race descended’ in particular demonstrates one of Purcell’s familiar techniques, and one that he used to great effect in so many of his Odes. The movement begins with a ground bass and solo voice, and then, at the mid-point, is transformed into a ravishing four-part string ritornello. The last movement too is a compositional tour de force: Purcell’s extraordinary Chaconne alternates and mixes voices and instruments in a wonderful variety of textures and rhythms.

from notes by Robert King © 2010

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Details for CDA66349 track 16
A Prince of glorious race descended
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-34916
Duration
3'34
Recording date
20 January 1989
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Hail! bright Cecilia & Who can from joy refrain? (CDA66349)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: November 1989
    Deletion date: July 2007
    Superseded by CDH55327
  2. Purcell: Hail! bright Cecilia & Who can from joy refrain? (CDH55327)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: November 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs (CDS44031/8)
    Disc 2 Track 16
    Release date: November 1992
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
  4. The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1 (HYP12)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: September 1993
    Deletion date: September 2009
    Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
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