Sunday Playlist: Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Love’s Goddess Sure was Blind – The Sixteen, The Symphony of Harmony and Invention

‘Love’s Goddess Sure was Blind’ the ode for Queen Mary’s Birthday, 1692 is Purcell’s fourth birthday Ode for Queen Mary II. It’s perhaps the most tender and intimate of the six birthday Odes and is scored strings and paired recorders. It starts with one of Purcell’s finest symphonies which is in two sections and characterised…

Minuit, chrétiens & O Magnum Mysterium — La Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal & Winchester Cathedral Choir

I suppose most anglophones have heard ‘O Holy Night’ in one or another version. Most of these versions of ‘O Holy Night’ feature Adolphe Adam’s beautiful melody and either John Sullivan Dwight’s English lyrics or the lyrics of anonymous lyricist of the longer unattributed version. Neither of the English versions of the lyrics bears much…

Sunday Playlist: Sean and Eileen Holshouser – YouTube

A short playlist today but you won’t feel deprived as it features lovely singing by Sean Holshouser and his mother Eileen. Sean is a talented 13 year old tenor/baritone whose YouTube channel I keep a close eye on. (I’ve written about his singing before  see: Music of The Pater Noster: The Lord’s Prayer – Albert…

Sunday Playlist: Three Polyphonic Pieces Sung By Primus 8 –

For this weeks playlist I’ve selected three videos uploaded by Shanalleful to YouTube of the Swedish choir "Primus 8" performing three very varied, and far from easy, polyphonic pieces, at live concerts given in Östersund. ´They are: Palestrina’s Sicut Cervus.  Byrd’s Justorum Animae. Tomkins’ When David Heard. All three, particularly the Tomkins are challenging music…