Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|John Blow, David Thomas [bass], Alison Crum|
Blow: Welcome Every Guest - Songs From Amphion Anglicus
Genres: Pop, Classical
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Blow shows himself as a worthy precursor/successor of Purcel
scott | Calgary, Canada | 05/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"John Blow seems to be more famous for his associations with Purcell than for his music. The fact that he was the organist at Westminster Abbey both before and after Purcell is quite unusual, but his fame should more soundly rest on his abilities as a composer, and they are substantial. This recording takes excerpts from his Amphion Anglicus, which is a large set of songs set for one to four voices with and without instrumental accompaniment. I am not sure whether it was intended for amateur/domestic use, but some of these pieces require musicians, especially the singers, of considerable talent.
The Consort of Musicke have limited themselves to two voices, soprano and bass, but have chosen two of the best possible; Emma Kirkby and David Thomas. Obviously, no complaints about them whatsoever. Indeed, they are both sounding at their best here, and their singing could not be improved upon. The instruments are superb too, the interesting thing being that a set of matching 17th century English violins are used.
There are some absolute gems in this collection, and it proves that when Blow was in good form, he was every bit as talented a composer of English song as Purcell. Welcome every guest, Rise mighty moncarch, and my favourite, The Bud are very fine examples of this talent. If only Rooley and his friends had made a complete recording of this publication. What a treasure that would have been. As it is, you would be wise to pick this volume up and enjoy the delights of Mr. Blow."