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Now that the sun hath veiled his light 'An Evening Hymn', Z193
composer
1688; Harmonia Sacra
author of text

Recordings
'Essential Purcell' (KING2)
Essential Purcell
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'Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 11' (CDA66716)
Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 11
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'Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures' (CDH55303)
Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures
MP3 £3.75FLAC £3.75ALAC £3.75Buy by post £5.50 CDH55303  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)   Download currently discounted
'Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44141/51)
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
MP3 £35.00FLAC £35.00ALAC £35.00Buy by post £40.00 CDS44141/51  11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'The James Bowman Collection' (KING3)
The James Bowman Collection
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Details
Track 17 on CDH55303 [4'03] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 9 on CDA66716 [4'16] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 9 on CDS44141/51 CD11 [4'16] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 18 on KING2 [4'16] Super-budget price sampler
Track 15 on KING3 [4'03] Super-budget price sampler — Archive Service

Now that the sun hath veiled his light 'An Evening Hymn', Z193
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An Evening Hymn (‘Now that the sun hath veiled his light’) is a complete contrast to the music that one normally associates with Purcell’s writing for the church. Here there is no question of impressing a Sunday congregation in the Chapel Royal, but instead a quite private and penitential attitude to God. Based on a five-bar ground, the work is a wonderful example of Purcell’s skill at handling the form, with the vocal entries adjusted to disguise repetitions of the bass, and a modulation introduced for variety in the middle of the piece. The quietly ecstatic ‘Halleluia’ that takes up the last forty bars or so is very different, but no less effective, to the settings normally heard of that word. There is surely no better example of the craftsmanship and genius of the man who, arguably Britain’s greatest composer, so richly deserved Playford’s accolade.

from notes by Robert King © 1989

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