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Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II. Album by The Sixteen

Purcell: Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II. Album by The Sixteen

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Charles II’s formal Restoration in 1660 marked both an end and a beginning: the end of England’s republican experiment and the beginning of a long process of monarchical reconstruction; and with a politically accident-prone king on the throne, Charles’s public relations machine could never rest. Purcell joined its small team of composer operatives just as the wave of Stuart propaganda swelled massively, and he surfed the wave with breathtaking panache, from his first court ode – the simple but rousing Welcome, Vicegerent of the mighty King – to the ambitious Fly, bold rebellion involving verse settings in up to seven parts and a six-part chorus.


The Sixteen
Harry Christophers


'...the verse anthems contain glorious music for solo voices, individually or in groups, executed with sensibility and expressive fervour.BBC Music Magazine (Performance ★★★★★ Recording ★)  

Track Listing:

Henry Purcell (1659-95)

1. Catch: Since the Duke is return’d Z271 

WELCOME SONG: Welcome, Vicegerent of the mighty King Z340
2. Welcome, Vicegerent of the mighty King
3. Ah! mighty Sir
4. When the Summer in his glory 
5. Music the food of love

6. Let mine eyes run down with tears Z24 

7. Sleep, Adam, sleep and take thy rest Z195 

8. Beati omnes qui timent Dominum Z131 

O sing unto the Lord Z44
9. Symphony / O sing unto the Lord a new song
10.Sing unto the Lord, and praise his name 
11. The Lord is great
12. O worship the Lord

13. Tell it out among the heathen

14. Great God, and just Z186 

WELCOME SONG: Fly, bold rebellion Z324 
15. Symphony
16. Fly, bold rebellion
17. Rivers from their channels turn’d  
18. If then we’ve found
19. Come then, change your notes
20. Be welcome then, great Sir
21. Welcome to all those wishes fulfill’d

Total Running Time  64.54