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Elegy: Purcell & Blow - Ian Wilson (recorder); Iestyn Davies (counter tenor); James Hall (counter tenor); Lynda Sayce (theorbo);...
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  1. Hark! how the songsters in the grove (from "Timon of Athens"), duet for 2 sopranos, Z. 632/2
  2. Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 328: In vain the am'rous flute
  3. O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406
  4. Chaconne (Two in One Upon a Ground), for 2 flutes & continuo (from "Prophetess"), Z. 627/16
  5. Ah, Heav'n! What Is't I Hear?
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  1. Hark! how the songsters in the grove (from "Timon of Athens"), duet for 2 sopranos, Z. 632/2
  2. Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 328: In vain the am'rous flute
  3. O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406
  4. Chaconne (Two in One Upon a Ground), for 2 flutes & continuo (from "Prophetess"), Z. 627/16
  5. Ah, Heav'n! What Is't I Hear?
  6. Sound the trumpet, beat the drum (Welcome Ode for James II), for 2 altos, tenors, basses, chorus, strings & continuo, Z. 335
  7. Since the toils and habits of war (from "Prophetess"), alto aria & chorus, Z. 627/13bc
  8. Sing, sing, ye druids (from "Bonduca"), song, Z. 574/13
  9. Paratum cor meum
  10. Incassum, Lesbia, incassum rogas (The Queen's Epicedium), song, Z. 383
  11. No, Lesbia, No, You Ask in Vain for voice & continuo
  12. O dive custos Auriacae domus ("On the death of Queen Mary"), song for 2 sopranos & continuo, Z. 504
  13. Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, for 2 male altos, 2 recorders, viol & continuo
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You can find more powerful countertenors than Iestyn Davies, and those more aligned with the somehow youthful quality of the voice type. But Davies has been consistently successful, and Elegy offers an excellent example as to why. He is unerringly precise in pitch and diction. He believes what he's singing, and he puts together convincing, interesting programs. Elegy, featuring music by Purcell and Blow, and culminating in Blow's ode on the death of his student Purcell, is a study in multiple contrasts, and it's lovely. ...

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