Upcoming Release: Odes by John Blow, with tenor soloists Samuel Boden and Thomas Walker
“Another great composer features later this month with our release of Blow Odes on Hyperion on 29 September. I do believe there will be some premiere recordings here, as there is still a lot of John Blow’s music yet to be worked on. For me, Blow is a top level musician and composer. He was Purcell’s teacher, and you can really see this in some moments, such as in the ground bass aria “hark how the waken’d string” of the ode “Begin the Song” – in times where the UK is redefining itself as a nation, I think it is worthy to reflect on the past, what are our national treasures and what we think of as British. John Blow certainly won’t tomorrow become a household name, but for musicians and music lovers interested in 17th century music, I’m proud to wave the flag for him! You can hear one of the odes at our New Year’s Eve concert as Wigmore Hall which is a joyous programme also including Vivaldi’s and Handel’s Gloria. I hope to see you there.” (Jonathan).
You can hear short excerpts of the music by clicking on the album artwork above, and pre-order the album via the links to iTunes’ and Hyperion’s websites: