Beauteous Softness

Release Date: 24-03-2023
PTC: 5187047
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Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Henry Purcell

3) The pale and purple rose (from The Yorkshire feast song, ‘Of old, when heroes thought it base’), Z. 333 3:19

Pelham Humfrey (c. 1647-1674)

4) A Hymn to God the Father (‘Wilt Thou forgive that sin’) 2:38

Henry Purcell

6) In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z. 190In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z. 190 4:33
7) Be welcome then, great Sir (from Fly, bold rebellion, Welcome song for Charles II, 1683), Z. 324 3:34

Henry Purcell

9) Arise, my muse (from Arise, my muse, Birthday ode for Queen Mary, 1690), Z. 320 2:13
10) So when the glitt’ring Queen of Night (from The Yorkshire feast song, ‘Of old, when heroes thought it base’), Z. 333 4:43

John Blow

11) So ceas’d the rival crew when Purcell came (from An ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell) 3:06

Henry Purcell

15) By beauteous softness (from Now does the glorious day appear, Z. 332, Ode for Queen Mary’s birthday, 1689) 3:48

John Blow

Henry Purcell

17) Crown the altar (from Celebrate this festival, Z. 321, Ode for Queen Mary’s birthday, 1693) 2:16

Pelham Humfrey

18) Sleep, downy sleep, come close mine eyes (Anthem for the evening) 2:44

Henry Purcell

19) Evening hymn (‘Now that the sun hath veiled his light’), Z. 193 5:17
Total Tracks 19
Total Duration 01hr 09min

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Countertenor Tim Mead presents Beauteous Softness, a programme containing restrained yet profoundly moving songs by seventeenth-century English composers such as Purcell, Blow, Humfrey and Webb, in collaboration with La Nuova Musica and David Bates. The album also showcases the rich musical context that provided the foundation from which Purcell rose to prominence.

Tim Mead is one of today’s most in-demand countertenors, and returns to Pentatone after having starred in a complete recording of Handel’s Messiah (2020). La Nuova Musica and its artistic director David Bates are among the most exciting Baroque ensembles of today. Their Pentatone debut with Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice was both BBC Music Magazine’s Choice and Gramophone Editor’s Choice in December 2019, while Handel’s Unsung Heroes (2021) was BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month and selected among the Best Classical Music Albums of 2022 by Gramophone.