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Henry Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II, Vol. 3 - Ben Davies (bass); Daniel Collins (alto); George Pooley (tenor); Jeremy Budd (tenor); Katy Hill (soprano);...
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  1. Rejoice in the Lord alway ("Bell Anthem"), anthem for alto, tenor, bass, chorus, strings & organ, Z. 49
  2. Chaconne (Two in One Upon a Ground), for 2 flutes & continuo (from "Prophetess"), Z. 627/16
  3. Close thine eyes and sleep secure, sacred song for soprano, bass & continuo, Z. 184
  4. Blow, blow, Boreas blow (from "Sir Barnaby Whigg"), song, Z. 589/1
  5. O, all ye people, clap your hands, sacred song for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass & continuo, Z. 138
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  1. Rejoice in the Lord alway ("Bell Anthem"), anthem for alto, tenor, bass, chorus, strings & organ, Z. 49
  2. Chaconne (Two in One Upon a Ground), for 2 flutes & continuo (from "Prophetess"), Z. 627/16
  3. Close thine eyes and sleep secure, sacred song for soprano, bass & continuo, Z. 184
  4. Blow, blow, Boreas blow (from "Sir Barnaby Whigg"), song, Z. 589/1
  5. O, all ye people, clap your hands, sacred song for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass & continuo, Z. 138
  6. Come my hearts, play your parts, catch for 3 voices, Z. 246
  7. What, what shall be done in behalf of the man? (Welcome Song for the Duke of York), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 341
  8. Overture for 2 violins, viola & continuo in D minor, Z. 771
  9. Thy genius, lo (from "The Massacre of Paris", 2 versions), song, Z. 604a-b
  10. O praise the Lord, all ye heathen, anthem for 2 tenors, chorus & organ, Z. 43
  11. Retir'd from any mortal's sight (from "The History of King Richard II"), song, Z. 581/1
  12. From those serene and rapturous joys (Welcome Song for Charles II) for soloists, chorus, strings & continuo, Z. 326
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The Sixteen and conductor Harry Christophers have been known for anthological and thematic recordings rather than for the more musicological type of album exploring a specific musical event, but the group has now devoted three recordings to the Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II: essentially party music for the king's birthday and other festive happenings. There were substantial works, written for a complement of 24 musicians modeled on the French court's 24 Violins of the King. Christophers, for no apparent reason, ...

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