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Laudate Ceciliam, Z329
composer
1683; Ode for St Cecilia's Day
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: Odes, Vol. 6 – Love's goddess sure' (CDA66494)
Purcell: Odes, Vol. 6 – Love's goddess sure
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'Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs' (CDS44031/8)
Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs
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Movement 1: Symphony – Laudate Ceciliam, in voce et organo
Track 13 on CDA66494 [2'28] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 13 on CDS44031/8 CD6 [2'28] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: Modulemini psalmum novum
Track 14 on CDA66494 [2'37] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 14 on CDS44031/8 CD6 [2'37] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 3: Symphony
Track 15 on CDA66494 [1'50] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 15 on CDS44031/8 CD6 [1'50] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 4: Dicite Virgini, canite martyri
Track 16 on CDA66494 [3'27] Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Track 16 on CDS44031/8 CD6 [3'27] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Laudate Ceciliam, Z329
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Laudate Ceciliam, the second of Purcell’s smaller-scale Odes to celebrate Saint Cecilia’s Day, dates from 1683, the same year as Welcome to all the pleasures. Like Raise, raise the voice the scoring is for just three voices, accompanied by two violins and basso continuo, but this time the text is in Latin: as well as being his shortest Ode, Laudate Ceciliam is Purcell’s only Ode to be set in a language other than English. The vocal writing seems clearly to be for solo voices throughout, and the influence of the verse anthem is apparent.

The Symphony is in the usual two parts, the first stately and dotted, the second a lighter, triple-time movement which leads straight into the first vocal entries. At ‘Modulemini psalmum novum’ (‘O sing a new psalm’) Purcell introduces his own new theme, more serious and recitativo-like in character, which is passed between each of the voices before a short violin ritornello ends the section. The bass briefly introduces new material at ‘Quia preceptum’ but the opening vocal material is reintroduced, followed by a complete repeat of the Symphony. The heart of the Ode is the touching duet for alto and tenor ‘Dicite Virgini’: the phrase ‘O beata Cecilia’ (‘O blessed Cecilia’) is set with especial affection, and ‘respice nos’ (‘look on us’) draws eloquent harmony from the composer. With the return of the trio at ‘Adeste caelites’ the supplicatory mood is displaced before the opening material returns: the singers praise the patron Saint of music ‘with voice and organ’ for the last time and Purcell’s smallest Ode draws to its conclusion.

from notes by Robert King © 2010

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Details for CDA66494 track 15
Symphony
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-49415
Duration
1'50
Recording date
15 March 1991
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Odes, Vol. 6 – Love's goddess sure (CDA66494)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: April 1992
    Deletion date: August 2011
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
  2. Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs (CDS44031/8)
    Disc 6 Track 15
    Release date: November 1992
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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