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Blow An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Pur­cell Sa­muel Bo­den, Thomas Walker (tenors), Ar­can­gelo/Cohen (HYPE­R­ION)

There is much to en­joy in this su­perb col­lec­tion of John Blow’s odes and in­stru­men­tal mu­sic: fine solo and en­sem­ble singing, beau­ti­fully ar­tic­u­lated strings, crisp the­o­r­bos, punchy baroque gui­tar, all driven by the tal­ented Jonathan Cohen at the harp­si­chord and cham­ber or­gan. Sa­muel Bo­den and Thomas Walker are per­fect for the tenor/coun­tertenor range of Blow’s vivid vo­cal lines, par­tic­u­larly in his lament on Pur­cell’s death. Spe­cial men­tion for Cal­lum Thorpe, bass, who mines the low­est reg­is­ter down to a bot­tom D in Mu­sic’s the Cor­dial of a Trou­bled Breast, one of many high­lights of the ode Be­gin the Song! Stephen Pritchard

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