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Andrew Nethsingha proves a sensitive director in this all-male collection of mainly shorter anthems which include Purcell’s teenage Latin-texted Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, the dramatic verse anthem My beloved spake, a similarly early setting from 1677, and the magnificently mature O sing unto the Lord in which the clarity of the accompanying Sinfonia shines through. The so-called ‘Bell Anthem’, Rejoice in the Lord alway, among Purcell’s finest pieces, provides ample opportunity for the strings to demonstrate the composer’s extraordinary skill. Pelham Humfrey’s substantial verse anthem O Lord my God looks back to Dowland and yet forward also to the promise of operatic proficiency.

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