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Bright Orb of Harmony: Henry Purcell & James MacMillan

Bright Orb of Harmony: Henry Purcell & James MacMillan



To celebrate their thirtieth anniversary, the three hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Henry Purcell’s birth (1659) and James MacMillan’s fiftieth birthday (16 July 2009), The Sixteen recorded live at the first concert on the 2009 Choral Pilgrimage a brand new disc of music dedicated to these most innovative of British composers. Purcell’s extraordinary use of harmony sounds as modern today as it must have sounded in the seventeenth century. Putting his heartfelt Funeral Sentences alongside James MacMillan’s powerfully emotive A Child’s Prayer, written in memory of the Dunblane Tragedy, and his hauntingly beautiful O bone Jesu (a piece originally commissioned by The Sixteen) will give the listener the chance to experience the true power of this music.

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

Track Listing:

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) 
1. Jehova quam multi sunt hostes mei 

Henry Purcell
2. Miserere mei 

Henry Purcell
3. Remember not, Lord, our offences 

Henry Purcell
4. Beati omnes qui timent Dominum 

James MacMillan (b.1959)
5. O bone Jesu 

Henry Purcell
6. Let mine eyes run down with tears 

James MacMillan 
7. Mitte manum tuam (from The Strathclyde Motets) 

James MacMillan 
8. A Child's Prayer 

James MacMillan 
9. Sedebit Dominus Rex (from The Strathclyde Motets) 

Henry Purcell 
10. O dive custos (soprano duet) 

Henry Purcell
Funeral Sentences (first set) 
11. Man that is born of a woman 
12. In the midst of life 
13. Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts (first setting) 

Bonus track: 
Henry Purcell
14. Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts (1695)



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