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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.
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A thousand sev’ral ways I tried was first published in Playford’s fifth book of Choice Ayres and Songs (1684) but appears in an earlier manuscript in the British Museum which is dated around 1681. The lover desperately tried not to show his passion (a word which, in Purcell’s setting, leaps up a ninth), knowing that he was unworthy (the phrase descends as he sings this). But by keeping away he ‘Did so increase my wretched pain’ that he returned, preferring that his love would cut him ‘By the swift fate of your disdain’.