An invitation to stroll through the world of one of England’s greatest composers
The young, virtuoso A Cappella ensemble VOCES8 return to disc on Signum with a sumptuous collection of early works by Henry Purcell. Joined by the specialist early-music ensemble ‘Les Inventions’, the group explores Purcell’s astoundingly diverse output – there is hardly a genre in which he did not express himself: anthems, odes, funeral music, semi- operas, masques, sonatas, consort-music, songs and catches populate his extraordinarily multifaceted œuvre. It is this astonishing diversity that we wish to celebrate by inviting the listener for a stroll through the world of one of England’s greatest composers.
If anyone ever doubts Purcell’s consummate genius, this CD – beautifully recorded and executed – ought to convince them. A great introduction to Purcell’s many guises – Choir and Organ
You won’t hear Purcell sung better – Planet Hugill
This is a lovely collection, reflective of the composer’s eclectic talents, and beautifully performed – Early Music Review