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Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z50
composer
circa 1680
author of text
Litany

Recordings
'Essential Purcell' (KING2)
Essential Purcell
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'Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 3' (CDA66623)
Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 3
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'Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44141/51)
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
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Details
Track 9 on CDA66623 [3'29] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 9 on CDS44141/51 CD3 [3'29] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 17 on KING2 [3'29] Super-budget price sampler

Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z50
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The five-part full anthem Remember not, Lord, our offences (dating from around 1680) is a masterpiece. Purcell’s use of harmony and discord, his startlingly effective word-setting and his mastery of drama are all magnificently demonstrated in a short piece. The atmosphere is created with the very first word, set as a simple block chord, and then reiterated as the phrase moves forward to ‘offences’: the first phrase of text is repeated again, still in homophonic style, but this time in the relative major. The first touches of counterpoint appear at ‘nor th’ offences of our forefathers’, and the tension begins to increase with ‘neither take thou vengeance of our sins’, always simultaneously countered in at least one voice with the rising phrase ‘but spare us, good Lord’. Gradually the calls for mercy, to ‘spare us’, begin to dominate, and the chromaticism and unbelievably daring use of discord increases: the music climaxes with a massive, desperate plea, ‘Spare us, good Lord’. Quickly the mood returns to supplication: Purcell’s harmony relaxes deliciously onto ‘redeem’d’ and the tenors’ dominant seventh clashes exquisitely with a second inversion chord on ‘precious’. It is the tenors again who have a wonderfully subtle inner line at ‘for ever’ and, after such passion, the anthem ends, as it began, with a calm prayer for salvation.

from notes by Robert King ©

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Details for CDS44141/51 disc 3 track 9
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-93-62309
Duration
3'29
Recording date
28 August 1992
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs & Lindsay Pell
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 3 (CDA66623)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: January 1993
    Deletion date: November 2007
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
  2. Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44141/51)
    Disc 3 Track 9
    Release date: November 2002
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
  3. Essential Purcell (KING2)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: September 1994
    Super-budget price sampler
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