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The Fountain of Love by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806)
Reproduced by permission of The Wallace Collection, London
Track(s) taken from CDA66070
Recording details: October 1981
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 1987
Total duration: 3 minutes 7 seconds

Ah! cruel nymph!, Z352
composer
mid-1693
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Introduction
Ah! cruel nymph! was probably copied into the Gresham Manuscript around May 1693. It was also later printed in the second edition of Orpheus Britannicus. A mini-cantata, it shows Purcell’s development of the Italian style, fusing arioso and recitative. The opening explores a running bass line, which is only finally established after an extravagantly florid roulade for the singer on ‘delight’. Despite this peacock-like display, the lover’s ‘nymph’ still refuses his entreaties to cease reproaching him for a previous flirtation with Sylvia. In a more serious section of recitative the singer complains that Sylvia sustained for too long ‘Her conquest when her love was feign’d’. In a dancing triple time the poet realizes that this new lady, ‘charming, airy, humorous and gay’, has finally enabled him to see true love.

from notes by Robert King © 2003


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'Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2' (CDA66720)
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2
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'Purcell: The complete secular solo songs' (CDS44161/3)
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
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