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Track(s) taken from CDH55447

Ah, heav'n! What is't I hear?

1700; Amphion Anglicus
author of text

Michael Chance (countertenor), James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Recording details: May 1987
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: March 1988
Total duration: 3 minutes 22 seconds

Cover artwork: The Henry VII Chapel, Westminster Abbey.

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

Le charmant Ah, heav’n! What is’t I hear?, paru dans l’Amphion Anglicus en 1700, laisse apparaître une élégante maîtrise de la ligne vocale et un impressionnant usage d’har­monies audacieuses, le tout dans une structure compacte et clairement définie. Ce duo justifie à merveille le respect que Blow reçut de son vivant et prouve l’iniquité des attaques de Burney sur ses aptitudes de compositeur.

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert King © 1988
Français: Hypérion

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