Maurice Greene - Select Anthems
Total Playing time: 69'41'' DDD
Recorded in the Chapel of New College Oxford, 15-16 April 1991
Born one year after the death of Purcell, Maurice Greene is one of the most attractive of the minor English composers. A contemporary of Bach and Handel, it is his inheritance of a distinctively English style, with Purcell as a strong element in it, that gives his work its special flavour. The Purcellian character is apparent in Lord, let me know mine end, which opens this recording. Then, in The King shall rejoice, which immediately brings Handel to mind, we find a composer who is very much his own man, with a gift for melody and counterpoint. He has the good taste to know the value of simplicity, but he is also capable of dramatic effect, as at the entry of the full choir in God is our hope and strength.
Also available as part of a 5-CD box set, The Restoration and Georgian Anthem (CRD5009)