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Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z46
composer
probably 1689
author of text
Psalm 147: 12; Isaiah 49: 23; Psalm 48: 8; Psalm 21: 13

Recordings
'Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 1' (CDA66585)
Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 1
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66585  Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51  
'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
Part 1: Symphony
Track 10 on CDA66585 [2'30] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 10 on CDS44141/51 CD1 [2'30] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Part 2: Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem
Part 3: Be thou exalted, Lord

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z46
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This verse anthem dates most probably from 1689, by which time Purcell’s writing for the Chapel had all but come to an end. Indeed, it may be the only anthem that he wrote that year.

The Symphony is especially spacious, beginning with a series of four mysterious block chords before a winding series of imitative entries leads into a lyrical triple-time section of great beauty. Restraint is also shown at the first vocal entry, which is sung not by the full choral forces, but by the quintet of solo singers. The five-part texture allows harmonies of great richness, and ‘For kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and queens thy nursing mothers’ contains delicious suspensions. ‘As we have heard, so have we seen’ introduces the choir simply and gently, and it is only at the section ‘Be thou exalted, Lord’, constructed over a rising arpeggio, that the mood brightens, beginning with the five soloists, enlarging into the full choir, and ending in a series of Alleluias, each set more spacious than the previous ones. Finally the triple-time metre is replaced for the last stanza with seven bars of expansive duple-time Alleluias of great harmonic richness.

from notes by Robert King ©

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Details for CDS44141/51 disc 1 track 10
Part 1: Symphony
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-58510
Duration
2'30
Recording date
27 November 1991
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. 1 (CDA66585)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: March 1992
    Deletion date: December 2009
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
  2. Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44141/51)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: November 2002
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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