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From hardy Climes and dangerous Toils of War, Z325
composer
1683; Ode for the wedding of Prince George of Denmark and Princess Anne
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: Odes, Vol. 4 – Ye tuneful Muses' (CDA66456)
Purcell: Odes, Vol. 4 – Ye tuneful Muses
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'Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs' (CDS44031/8)
Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs
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'Essential Purcell' (KING2)
Essential Purcell
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'Purcell: Music for a while & other songs' (CDA66070)
Purcell: Music for a while & other songs
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Details
Movement 1: Symphony
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Movement 2: From hardy Climes and dangerous Toils of War
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Movement 3: As Fame, great Sir, before you ran
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Movement 4: Wake then, my Muse, wake Instruments and Voice
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Movement 5: The Sparrow and the gentle Dove
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Movement 6: So all the Boons indulgent Heav'n design'd
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Movement 7: Hence without Scheme or Figure to descry
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From hardy Climes and dangerous Toils of War, Z325
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On 28 July 1683 the Bishop of London presided at St James’ in the marriage of Prince George of Denmark to King Charles’s niece, ‘Lady Ann’ (later Queen Anne). On 19 July Luttrell had recorded that ‘in the afternoon, Prince George, brother to the King of Denmark, arrived at Whitehall, and was kindly received by their majesties and their royal highnesses, being come to make his address to the Lady Ann, daughter to his royal highness’. We do not know for certain if Purcell’s Ode From hardy Climes and dangerous Toils of War was performed to the newly wed couple at their marriage celebrations, but the work is one of his finest early Odes, full of wonderful string ritornelli and fine vocal writing.

The Symphony is one of the composer’s best, simultaneously joyful yet wistful in the way that only Purcell’s early string writing can be, wonderfully inventive and delightfully unpredictable. Once again a solo bass introduces the voices with an extended solo covering a wide vocal range before the chorus enter. This chorus leads into the first of several splendid string ritornelli. Next a solo tenor has some glorious writing for ‘As Fame, great Sir’, especially at ‘The wonders you have since possessed’, and this is followed by an equally fine duet for sopranos. The solo bass introduces the chorus ‘Wake then, my Muse’ which is concluded by another ravishing string ritornello. However the best is yet to come. Here it is the tenor who is presented with one of Purcell’s finest and most inspired ground bass solos in ‘The Sparrow and the gentle Dove’: the singer’s lyrical melody is capped by a string ritornello of quite melting beauty. A short trio and another wistful ritornello lead into the final chorus ‘Hence without Scheme’ where the soprano soloist alternates with the full ensemble.

from notes by Robert King © 2010

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Hence without Scheme or Figure to descry
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-45623
Duration
1'19
Recording date
5 September 1990
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Odes, Vol. 4 – Ye tuneful Muses (CDA66456)
    Disc 1 Track 23
    Release date: May 1991
    Deletion date: November 2005
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
  2. Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs (CDS44031/8)
    Disc 4 Track 23
    Release date: November 1992
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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