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Celebrate this Festival, Z321
composer
30 April 1693; Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: Odes, Vol. 3 – Fly, bold rebellion' (CDA66412)
Purcell: Odes, Vol. 3 – Fly, bold rebellion
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'Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs' (CDS44031/8)
Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs
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Details
Movement 01: Symphony
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Movement 02: Celebrate this Festival
Movement 03: Britain now thy cares beguile
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Movement 04: 'Tis sacred, bid the trumpet cease
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Movement 05: Let sullen Discord smile
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Movement 06: Crown the altar, deck the shrine
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Movement 07: Expected Spring at last is come
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Movement 08: April, who till now has mourned
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Movement 09: Departing thus you'll hear him say
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Movement 10: Happy realm beyond expressing
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Movement 11: While, for a righteous cause he arms
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Movement 12: Return, fond Muse, the thoughts of war
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Movement 13: Kindly treat Maria's day
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Celebrate this Festival, Z321
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With Celebrate this Festival we come to the fifth of six Odes Purcell wrote to celebrate the birthday of Queen Mary in successive years from 1689. By 1693 the scoring of the orchestra had been increased to include oboes, recorders and a trumpet and, although the basic plan remained the same, the size and scale of the Odes and their dramatic content had increased. The choruses, often developing out of a series of solo sections, had increased in length and, in the interests of keeping pace with the libretto, instrumental ritornelli had all but vanished, with sections running instead straight into a contrasting vocal movement. Purcell worked closely with the famous trumpeter John Shore, and possible now were movements with virtuoso obbligato trumpet parts, of which the suitably military ‘While, for a righteous cause’ is a splendid example. Similarly, the presence of both oboes and recorders in the orchestra (oboists usually doubled on recorders) enabled delicately scored movements such as ‘Return, fond Muse’ (scored for two recorders and viola). The Symphony, much grander in scale than those of ten years before, was on this occasion copied directly from Hail! bright Cecilia, performed just six months previously, and Purcell was obviously blessed with two fine sopranos, whose opening duet sets a suitably stately tone for the Ode. But there is also writing of great beauty too, in particular the quietly ecstatic setting for solo alto, over a ground bass, of ‘Crown the altar’. Effective, too, is the wonderful seven-part vocal texture at ‘Repeat Maria’s name’ which throws the Queen’s name between voices and instruments before a minuet closes the work in elegant vein.

from notes by Robert King © 2010

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Details for CDA66412 track 21
Let sullen Discord smile
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-41221
Duration
2'39
Recording date
1 January 1990
Recording venue
Rickmansworth Masonic School Chapel, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Odes, Vol. 3 – Fly, bold rebellion (CDA66412)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: August 1990
    Deletion date: October 2009
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
  2. Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs (CDS44031/8)
    Disc 3 Track 21
    Release date: November 1992
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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