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Donald Macleod surveys the brilliant generation of composers that first emerged as choristers at the Chapel Royal after the Restoration.

Donald Macleod surveys the brilliant generation of composers that first emerged as choristers at the Chapel Royal after the Restoration, including a musical spy and a heartbroken composer who shot himself on the toss of a coin.

Purcell: Hear my prayer
Alastair Ross (organ)
Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
ERATO 2292-45987-2 Tr 6

John Blow: No, Lesbia, you ask in vain (Elegy on the death of Queen Mary)
John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Paula Chateauneuf (theorbo)
Timothy Roberts (chamber organ)
HYPERION CDA66646 Tr 18

Matthew Locke: Be thou exalted, Lord
Choir of New College, Oxford
The Parley of Instruments
Edward Higginbottom (conductor)
HYPERION CDA66373 Tr 8

Pelham Humfrey: O Lord my God
Charles Brett (countertenor)
Martyn Hill (tenor)
David Thomas (bass)
Michael Lewin (lute)
Marilyn Samson (cello)
Alastair Ross (organ)
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
ERATO 2292-45987-2 Tr 7

John Blow: I was glad when they said unto me
Robin Blaze, Ashley Stafford (countertenors)
Mark Le Brocq (tenor)
Andrew Dale Forbes (bass)
Rogers Covey-Crump (high tenor)
Choir of St Paul's Cathedral
Parley of Instruments
John Scott (conductor)
HYPERION CDA67009 Trs 16-20

Jeremiah Clarke, arr. Simon Preston: Prince of Denmark's March
Simon Preston (organ)
DECCA 430 091-2 Tr 5.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Henry Purcell

    Hear my prayer

    Performer: Monteverdi Choir conducted by John Eliot Gardiner Performer: Alastair Ross (organ)

    • ERATO 2292-45987-2.
  • John Blow

    No, Lesbia, you ask in vain (Elegy on the death of

    Performer: Queen Mary) [‘The Queen’s Epicedium’] Performer: John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Paula Chateauneuf (theorbo), Performer: Timothy Roberts (chamber organ)

    • HYPERION CDA66646.
  • Matthew Locke

    Be thou exalted, Lord

    Performer: Choir of New College, Oxford Performer: The Parley of Instruments conducted by Edward Higginbottom

    • HYPERION CDA66373.
  • Pelham Humfrey

    O Lord my God

    Performer: Charles Brett (counter-tenor), Martyn Hill (tenor), David Thomas (bass) Performer: Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists conducted by John Eliot Gardiner Performer: Michael Lewin (lute), Marilyn Samson (cello), Alastair Ross (organ)

    • ERATO 2292-45987-2.
  • John Blow

    I was glad when they said unto me

    Performer: Robin Blaze (counter-tenor), Mark Le Brocq (tenor), Andrew Dale Forbes (bass), Performer: Ashley Stafford (counter-tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (high tenor) Performer: The Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral Performer: The Parley of Instruments conducted by John Scott

    • HYPERION CDA67009.
  • Jeremiah Clarke

    Prince of Denmark's March [arr. Simon Preston]

    Performer: Simon Preston (organ)

    • DECCA 430 091-2.

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