Photo: Courtesy of the Ensemble
Purcell’s Complete Odes & Welcome Songs
The King’s Consort has spent the better part of the last three decades recording works by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century composers, mostly on the Hyperion label. Henry Purcell has been a mainstay of their discography and especially his vocal music.
Over a period of a few years, the ensemble recorded all of Purcell’s odes and welcome songs, formerly available in separate volumes and now packaged as a single eight-CD re-release. The new compilation brings together some of Purcell’s most glorious works performed by one of the world’s great period instrument ensembles.
Music for Viola da Gamba Consort
The debut recording Sound out my voice! by the London-based ORLANDOviols consort is a mellow yet sumptuous exploration of Renaissance chansons and madrigals, which beautifully evokes the sound of a long-gone era.
The recording is auspicious, to say the least, and a welcome addition to the Renaissance consort discography. I look forward to more releases from ORLANDOviols.