“Purcell: Hail! Bright Cecilia and Music For Queen Mary”
Come ye sons of art (Ode for Queen Mary's birthday, 1694), Z 323,
Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1692), Z328,
Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695.
Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Thomas Allen (Baritone), David Thomas (Bass), Brian Gordon (Counter-Tenor), Charles Brett (Counter-Tenor), John Williams (Counter-Tenor), Ashley Stafford (Counter-Tenor), Jennifer Smith (Soprano), Dame Felicity Lott (Soprano), Paul Elliott (Tenor).
The Monteverdi Orchestra – Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
The pioneering conductor John Eliot Gardiner, one of the leading lights of the Baroque revival, brings together superlative soloists and the excellent Monteverdi Choir in one of the very first historically-informed Purcell recordings ever released. These two albums received a multitude of prizes when first released, and are also in Erato bestsellers range (more than 400K copies sold to date of Music for the funeral of Queen Mary; 200K of Hail! Bright Cecilia).