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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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This song was published in Playford’s second book of The Theatre of Music in 1685. Purcell’s setting shows a sophisticated musical mind at work: the text is skilfully coloured with a melodic line which covers a wide vocal range. Word-painting is to the fore: ‘doom’ plunges to the lowest extremes of the voice, the continuo and voice chase each other in suspensions at ‘So close he has besieg’d my heart’ and the singer graphically tries to shake off the dart with which he struggles.