Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem

Henry Purcell Purcell’s anthem ‘Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem’ (Z46) probably dates from 1689, and is one of the last he wrote for the Chapel Royal. The symphony with which it starts is both restrained and beautiful, I particularly like the lyricism of the triple-time section. Purcell carries this restraint into the anthem’s richly harmonic second part which is sung by the five soloists, it’s not until we get to ‘As we have heard, so have we seen’ that we first hear the choir who make a very restrained, almost subdued entrance. Not until we get to the third and final section does the mood begin to brighten. The start by the five soloists rapidly expands into the full choir who bring the anthem to a close with a series of ever increasingly spacious and richly harmonic Alleluias.

A playlist is below the fold. Enjoy :-).

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Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem Z46

  1. Part 1 Symphony O praise God in his holiness
  2. O praise God in his holiness Z42 - Part 2- Praise him in his noble acts
  3. O praise God in his holiness Z42 - Part 3- Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: praise thy God, O Sion.
For kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and queens thy nursing mothers.
As we have heard, so have we seen: In the city of our God.
God upholdeth the same for ever.

Source: Psalm 147: 12; Isaiah 49: 23; Psalm 48: 8; Psalm 21: 13

Part 3: Be thou exalted, Lord

Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength:
So will we sing and praise Thy power.
Alleluia.

Source: Psalm 147: 12; Isaiah 49: 23; Psalm 48: 8; Psalm 21: 13

Performers: Nicholas Witcomb (treble), Jerome Finnis (treble), Philip Hallchurch (treble), James Bowman (countertenor), Charles Daniels (tenor), Michael George (bass), New College Choir Oxford

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