Pacific Baroque Orchestra conducted by Alexander Weimann, with six stellar Canadian and international vocal soloists: Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; Dorothee Mields, soprano; Alex Potter, counter-tenor; Samuel Boden, tenor; Sumner Thompson, baritone; Matthew Brook, bass-baritone
The last and greatest of Purcell’s four works in honour of the patron saint of music and musicians, Hail! Bright Cecilia was composed in 1692. It is a celebratory work comprised of masterful instrumental sections, majestic choruses and varied solos, duets and trios. This work reveals the unparalleled richness of the composer’s musical invention and explains why Henry Purcell is still regarded as one of the Baroque period’s greatest composers. Also on the program, works by Purcell’s contemporaries Matthew Locke and John Blow.