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Full of wrath, his threatening breath, Z185
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On the conversion of St Paul

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'Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 8' (CDA66686)
Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 8
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'Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44141/51)
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
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Full of wrath, his threatening breath, Z185
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The author of ‘Full of wrath, his threatening breath’, the Cambridge-educated preacher Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667) was a chaplain to Charles I who survived capture during the Civil War. He was forced to retire to Wales where he wrote most of his poetry, some books of sermons, a manual of daily prayers and a famous argument for toleration. Taylor’s fortunes rose at the Restoration and he was made Bishop of Down and Connor. His literary style was usually colourful, as is demonstrated by this account of the conversion of St Paul on the road to Damascus.

Purcell set three of Taylor’s poems, revelling in their vivid language and sentiments and countering their strong texts by adding his own extraordinary harmonic twists and turns. The continuo rhythmically tramp the road to Damascus whilst Saul is ‘belching nought but chains and death’: Purcell illustrates the light that blinds him with a series of extraordinarily harmonised melismas on ‘glorious’. The inexorable progress of the continuo is briefly halted at ‘On his amazed eyes it night did fling’ before Saul continues his journey, now converted from ‘a child of wrath’ to become a ‘vessel full of glory’. The setting closes with a prayer that God should ‘curb us in our dark and sinful way’, as we ‘down horrid precipices run’. Purcell sets ‘down’ with especial emphasis.

from notes by Robert King ©

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Details for CDA66686 track 5
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ISRC
GB-AJY-94-68605
Duration
2'46
Recording date
8 January 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. 8 (CDA66686)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: April 1994
    Deletion date: September 2005
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
  2. Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44141/51)
    Disc 8 Track 5
    Release date: November 2002
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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