In his 30 years as a music critic in New York and London, Paul Griffiths has published more than 2 million words about classical music. In this book he constructs a boiled-down narrative of musical history. The writing reflects a big-city, public, secular approach to the music Griffiths has chosen to include.
Chanticleer brings its usual polish, balance and tonal beauty to these intimate sacred songs. The rich harmonies are powerful as the melodic lines crunch against one another. Has anyone ever been better at such writing than Henry Purcell?