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Tim Mead|Beauteous Softness

Beauteous Softness

Tim Mead, La Nuova Musica and David Bates

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There are certainly more powerful countertenors on the scene than Tim Mead, yet this release landed on classical best-seller charts in the spring of 2023. The appeal is not hard to see: countertenors who seek to emulate the power of the operatic castrati often fail to serve smaller-scale 17th century English music well, but Mead offers a different approach, marked by restraint and dramatic persuasiveness. The songs of Henry Purcell contain some of his best music, but they are comparatively little recorded. Here Mead, with a variety of freestanding songs and theatrical music of various kinds, is lyrical and poetic. His diction is impeccable, and what one hears in his rendering of the texts is not conventional pastoral imagery but a singer who means what he sings. Sample O let me weep, from The Fairy Queen, or one of the songs about sleep, where Mead's delivery is quite affecting. The program is not restricted to Purcell, and another draw here is the music by other Restoration-era composers like Pelham Humfrey, who is even less well-exposed than Purcell. The historical instrument group La Nuova Musica under David Bates gets exactly the low-key note needed to bring out Mead at his best, and PentaTone's church sound, if not atmospherically appropriate, is at least clear. This is a Baroque countertenor release where the artist meets repertory especially successfully.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
If music be the food of love, Z.379a
00:02:43

Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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2
Lovely Selina
00:03:01

Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Blow, Composer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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The Yorkshire Feast Song (‘of old, when heroes thought It base’), Z.333 (Henry Purcell)

3
The pale and purple rose
00:03:19

Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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4
A Hymn to God the Father (‘wilt Thou forgive That sin’)
00:02:38

Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pelham Humfrey, Composer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Venus and Adonis (John Blow)

5
Overture
00:02:42

Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Blow, Composer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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6
In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z.190
00:04:33

Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Fly, bold rebellion (Welcome song for Charles Ii), Z.324 (Henry Purcell)

7
Be welcome then, great Sir
00:03:34

Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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8
Powerful Morpheus
00:03:50

Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - William Webb, Composer

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Arise, my muse (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), Z.320 (Henry Purcell)

9
Arise my muse
00:02:13

Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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The Yorkshire Feast Song (‘of old, when heroes thought It base’), Z.333 (Henry Purcell)

10
So when the qlitt’ring queen of night
00:04:43

Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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An Ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell (John Blow)

11
So ceas’d the rival crew when Purcell came
00:03:06

Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Blow, Composer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Te Deum and Jubilate, Z.232 (Henry Purcell)

12
Vouchsafe, O Lord
00:03:45

Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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King Arthur, Z. 268 (Henry Purcell)

13
Chaconne – First Music
00:03:09

Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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The Fairy Queen, Z.629 (Henry Purcell)

14
O let me weep (the Plaint)
00:08:28

Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Now does the glorious day appear, Z.332 (Henry Purcell)

15
By beauteous softness
00:03:46

Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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16
Poor Celadon, he sighs in vain (Loving above himself)
00:04:02

Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Blow, Composer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Celebrate This Festival (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary), Z.321 (Henry Purcell)

17
Crown the altar
00:02:16

Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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18
Sleep, downy sleep, come close mine eyes (Anthem for the evening)
00:02:44

Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pelham Humfrey, Composer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

19
Now That the sun hath veiled his light (an Evening Hymn)
00:05:17

Henry Purcell, Composer - Tim Mead, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - La Nuova Musica, Ensemble, MainArtist - David Bates, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

Album review

There are certainly more powerful countertenors on the scene than Tim Mead, yet this release landed on classical best-seller charts in the spring of 2023. The appeal is not hard to see: countertenors who seek to emulate the power of the operatic castrati often fail to serve smaller-scale 17th century English music well, but Mead offers a different approach, marked by restraint and dramatic persuasiveness. The songs of Henry Purcell contain some of his best music, but they are comparatively little recorded. Here Mead, with a variety of freestanding songs and theatrical music of various kinds, is lyrical and poetic. His diction is impeccable, and what one hears in his rendering of the texts is not conventional pastoral imagery but a singer who means what he sings. Sample O let me weep, from The Fairy Queen, or one of the songs about sleep, where Mead's delivery is quite affecting. The program is not restricted to Purcell, and another draw here is the music by other Restoration-era composers like Pelham Humfrey, who is even less well-exposed than Purcell. The historical instrument group La Nuova Musica under David Bates gets exactly the low-key note needed to bring out Mead at his best, and PentaTone's church sound, if not atmospherically appropriate, is at least clear. This is a Baroque countertenor release where the artist meets repertory especially successfully.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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