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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
Buy 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
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'Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44141/51)
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
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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 CDA66656 track 6
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-93-65606
Duration
1'27
Recording date
20 April 1993
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. 5 (CDA66656)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: June 1993
    Deletion date: October 2007
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
  2. Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44141/51)
    Disc 5 Track 6
    Release date: November 2002
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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