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Track(s) taken from CDH55303

Hears not my Phillis how the birds 'The Knotting Song', Z371

composer
late 1694, Thesaurus Musicus III, 1695
author of text

James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Recording details: April 1988
Radley College, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Nicholas Parker
Engineered by Nicholas Parker
Release date: April 1989
Total duration: 2 minutes 26 seconds

Cover artwork: The Duet by Gerard Ter Borch (1617-1681)
The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
 
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Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort

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'James Bowman must surely be the finest vocal interpreter of Purcell today. His grasp of sentiment, his sense of timing, and his enunciation, are unsurpassed' (Gramophone)
The text to ‘The Knotting Song’ is by Sir Charles Sedley and was published in The Gentleman’s Journal of August and September 1694. Sedley was a notorious wit and something of a reprobate, and his poem was prefaced by Motteux with: ‘Happy the lover who with all his art can warm one of these cold beauties into pity, principally now the fit of Knotting (to speak in a lover’s phrase) possesses the best part of the finer half of human kind, and leaves them unconcerned for sighs and vows as the fair subject of this song.’

Purcell’s lighthearted setting probably dates from late 1694 and was published in the third book of Thesaurus Musicus (1695). Phillis, the subject of Sedley’s irritated attentions, was clearly an enthusiastic participant in London’s latest craze, knotting fringes.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

The Knotting Song («Hears not my Phillis») est une œuvre tardive, de 1695. Purcell traite le texte de Sedley avec beaucoup d’ironie voilée, surtout dans le refrain où transparaît la frustration du soupirant, dont les avances à une certaine Phillis sont repoussées non par des mots de refus mais par un tricotage incessant, inexpressif.

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert King © 1989
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