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

1700; Amphion Anglicus
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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


Purcell & Blow: Countertenor duets


Track 9 on CDH55447 [3'22]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55447 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    Superseded by CDH55447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
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