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Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25
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Purcell’s autograph of Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, dating from the early 1680s, is contained in Fitzwilliam Museum MS 88 and is a marvellous synthesis of both old and new compositional styles. The reflective, five-part opening choral section is imitative, showing the influence on Purcell’s music of composers such as Byrd and Gibbons, whose work he admired and studied. Over this form Purcell imprints his own angularly chromatic harmonic language, which builds towards the anguished ‘Shall thy jealousy burn like fire for ever’. The three-part verse ‘O remember not our old sins’ is reflective, falling in tessitura to ‘great misery’. The homophonic chorus entry ‘Help us, O God’ is declamatory and ‘for the glory of thy name’ impressively builds its close entries before the opening imitative style returns for ‘O deliver us’, still coloured by chromatic lines which rise through ‘and be merciful unto our sins’. The anthem closes with a joyful triple-time section.

from notes by Robert King İ

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Details for CDA66716 track 3
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ISRC
GB-AJY-94-71603
Duration
3'42
Recording date
1 April 1994
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 11 (CDA66716)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: November 1994
    Deletion date: January 2010
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
  2. Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44141/51)
    Disc 11 Track 3
    Release date: November 2002
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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