Purcell's Ode for St. Cecilia's Day

Henry Purcell: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (1692) - The Bell Anthem
Alfred Deller, April Cantelo, Wilfred Brown, Maurice Bevan, Peter Salmon, John Frost, George Eskdale, Walter Bergmann, Ambrosian Singers, Kalmar Chamber Orchestra of London - Sir Michael Tippett, cond.
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    Henry Purcell, Autograph score, Bodleian Library, Oxford, Mus. C. 26:
  1. Symphony (Overture)
  2. Hail! Bright Cecilia (Soli and Chorus)
  3. Hark, each tree (Duet)
  4. 'Tis nature voice (Alto solo)
  5. Soul of the world (chorus)
  6. Thou tun'st this world (Soprano solo)
  7. With that sublime celestial lay (Trio)
  8. Wond'rous machine (Bass solo)
  9. The airy violin (Alto solo)
  10. In vain the am'rous flute (Duet)
  11. The Fife and all the Harmony of war (Alto solo)
  12. Let these among themselves contest (Duet)
  13. Hail! Bright Cecilia (Great Chorus)

  14. Henry Purcell:
  15. Rejoice the Lord Alway (The Bell Anthem)

Playing time: 66' 40"

[1]-[13] Alfred Deller (countertenor), April Cantelo (soprano), Wilfred Brown (tenor), Maurice Bevan (baritone), Peter Salmon (countertenor), John Frost (bass), George Eskdale (solo trumpet), Walter Bergmann (harpsichord), Ambrosian Singers, Kalmar Chamber Orchestra of London - Sir Michael Tippett, cond.
[14] Deller Consort [Alfred Deller (countertenor), Mary Thomas (soprano), Honor Shephard (soprano), Robert Tear (tenor), Max Worthley (tenor), Maurive Bevan (baritone)] & Oriana Concert Orchestra - Alfred Deller, dir.

Recording site and date:
[1]-[13] Criclewood Church, London, UK [06/1956]
[14] Unknown [11/1962]

Other releases (compilation): None

33 r.p.m.
[1]-[13] Vanguard "The Bach Guild" BG 559; It was re-issued on many stereo dubbed versions (Harmonia Mundi HM 5110, Pye Golden Guinea 4112, Vanguard S 286, Vanguard "Bach Guild" HM 33).
[14] Vanguard "The Bach Guild" BG 635 / BGS 5047 or Amadeo AVRS 66 001
Cassette: [1]-[13] Harmonia Mundi HM 40 5110
[1]-[13] Vanguard Classics (Omega) "The Alfred Deller Collection" OVC 8029
[14] Vanguard "Alfred Deller Edition" 08 5060 71

Reviewed in:
Diapason (#-p.): 273- (june 1982 (as HM 5110)), 353-158 (oct. 1989 (As Vanguard 92 521))
Gramophone (Vol./#-p.): 35/409- (June 1957 (as Nixa 16 021)), 46/540- (May 1968 (as Pye 4112))
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.):

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Pierre-F. Roberge