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Track(s) taken from CDA66644

Lord, not to us, but to thy name, Z137

circa 1680
author of text
Psalm 115, second version

Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Charles Daniels (tenor), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Recording details: January 1996
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs & Lindsay Pell
Release date: March 1993
Total duration: 0 minutes 58 seconds


'Every number brings new riches, and two have never been recorded before. Indeed, 'The Way of God' is a revelation' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'This disc is full of the wonderful writing that we expect from Purcell … that is becoming better known and understood through Robert King's performances' (Fanfare, USA)

'Every number brings new riches and two have never been recorded before. This magnificent project shows no signs of flagging' (BBC CD Review)
Purcell’s setting of Lord, not to us, but to thy name is incomplete, for after twenty-four bars of the autograph score (in the British Museum) he simply writes in a thick stroke through the staves, leaving plenty of unused space in which he would have continued the work. Completed anthems usually receive a flourish to signify their end. Additionally, thirty-two lines of John Patrick’s paraphrase of Psalm 115 are left unset. The section that does survive makes a neat, if short, anthem.

from notes by Robert King ©

La mise en musique de Lord, not to us, but to thy name (Seigneur, non de nous, mais de ton nom) est incomplète, puisqu'après les vingt-quatre premières mesures de la partition autographe (conservée au British Muséum), Purcell a tracé un trait épais en travers des portées, laissant toute une partie de la page blanche, où il aurait dû continuer à écrire. Ce motet est en général complété par un ornement pour en indiquer la fin. Des trente-six lignes de la paraphrase du Psaume 115 de John Patrick, seules les quatre premières ont été mises en musique. La brièveté de ce motet ne lui enlève toutefois rien de sa qualité, et il est intéressant (aussi vain cela soit-il) de spéculer sur ce que Purctell aurait fait avec le texte restant!

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert King © 1993
Français: Jean-Paul Metzger

Purcells Vertonung von 'Nicht uns Herr, sondern Deinem Namen' ist unvollendet, denn das Originalmanuskript (heute im British Museum) zeigt, daß Purcell nach den ersten vierundzwanzig Taktstrichen nur noch mit dicken Strichen über die Notenlinien schrieb, um ausreichend Platz für ein späteres Fortführen der Arbeit zu lassen. Normalerweise wird die Vollendung einer Hymne durch einen Schnörkel auf dem Notenblatt angezeigt. Darüber hinaus blieben zweiunddreißig Zeilen von John Patricks Paraphrase von Psalm 115 unvertont. In seiner jetzigen Form ist das Werk eine gelungene, wenn auch kurze Hymne, über deren mögliche Vollendung sich vielleicht nachzudenken lohnt!

aus dem Begleittext von Robert King © 1993
Deutsch: Margarete Forsyth

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