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We sing to him whose wisdom form'd the ear, Z199
composer
1688; Harmonia Sacra 1
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 5' (CDA66656)
Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 5
MP3 £4.00FLAC £4.00ALAC £4.00Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66656  Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51   Download currently discounted
'Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures' (CDH55303)
Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55303  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'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)  
Details
Track 1 on CDH55303 [2'15] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 6 on CDA66656 [1'27] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 6 on CDS44141/51 CD5 [1'27] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

We sing to him whose wisdom form'd the ear, Z199
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Purcell’s short setting of Nathaniel Ingelo’s We sing to him, whose wisdom form’d the ear dates from 1688 and was published in volume 1 of Harmonia Sacra. Once again the composer demonstrates his responsiveness to the text, pointing important words and phrases. The imperative ‘hear’ leaps up an octave, the ‘spring of mirth’ curls down the scale, and ‘harmony’ is richly scored. The ‘humble sonnets’ rise as they ‘that praise rehearse’, and Purcell’s harmony ingeniously sorts itself out for ‘music’. For the chorus the soprano is joined by a bass, and they dance ‘whilst we sing’ and ‘consecrate our art’: the music rises gloriously as they ‘offer up with ev’ry tongue a heart’.

from notes by Robert King ©

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Details for CDH55303 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-28801
Duration
2'15
Recording date
10 April 1988
Recording venue
Radley College, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nicholas Parker
Recording engineer
Nicholas Parker
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (CDA66288)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: April 1989
    Deletion date: September 2006
    Superseded by CDH55303
  2. Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (CDH55303)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: January 2009
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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