Saturday, March 5, 2011

Purcell - Evening Prayer (Anthems & Sacred Songs) - Chanticleer

 


 

 

 

 

Review:

Chanticleer bills itself as an "orchestra of voices," and not without good reason. The award-winning and critically acclaimed ensemble has earned its considerable reputation through its vibrant interpretations and nearly flawless execution of vocal literature, from Renaissance-era works to adventurous new music. EVENING PRAYER is a collection of anthems and sacred songs by Henry Purcell, widely esteemed as one of the greatestChanticleer English composers of all time and a leading figure of the Baroque era.
Purcell's church music has not been accorded the same measure of respect as his secular compositions, but the selected works all bear the unmistakable stamp of his formidable contrapuntal and harmonic skills and unique expressive voice. Chanticleer's authoritative performance of them, in collaboration with the period instrument ensemble Capriccio Stravagante, makes an indisputable case for allowing them higher regard. The group elegantly demonstrates its pure intonation, seamless ensemble work, and broad dynamic scope in a program that ranges from the eloquent grandness of works such as "Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me," to the intimate musings of smaller-scale pieces such as "O Lord, rebuke me not" and "Now that the sun hath veiled his light." EVENING PRAYER is yet another in a long list of stunning recordings from Chanticleer.

 

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