The genius of Henry Purcell— who died at the age of 36— gleams like a comet in the sky over the world of British music. With equal pleasure, he produced abundant work that touched on all genres, as he used—in both the sacred and the profane—a sometimes striking sense of harmony to serve a powerful expressiveness. This program features poignant anthems for a cappella choir (Thou knowest, Lord, the secret of our hearts; Jehovah, quam multi sunt hostes; and Hear my Prayer, O Lord), the anthems with orchestra Rejoice in the Lord always and O Sing unto the Lord, and the delicate Ode to St. Cecilia from 1683, along with the suite composed for the play Abdelazer or The Moor’s Revenge.
Presented in collaboration Arion Orchestre Baroque
Listen the pre-concert bilingual conversation (Claire Guimond / Andrew McAnerney)