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Ah, heav'n! What is't I hear?
1700; Amphion Anglicus
author of text

'Purcell & Blow: Countertenor duets' (CDH55447)
Purcell & Blow: Countertenor duets
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Ah, heav'n! What is't I hear?
Blow’s charming setting of Ah, heav’n! What is’t I hear?, published in Amphion Anglicus in 1700, shows an elegant control of vocal line and an effective use of adventurous harmony, all contained within a compact and clearly defined structure. The duet is an excellent example which justifies the respect which Blow’s work received during his lifetime, and the unfairness of Burney’s attacks on his abilities as a composer.

from notes by Robert King © 1988

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66253 track 9
Recording date
15 May 1987
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell & Blow: Countertenor duets (CDA66253)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: March 1988
    Deletion date: December 2010
    Superseded by CDH55447
  2. Purcell & Blow: Countertenor duets (CDH55447)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: April 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) NEW
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