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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66720
Recording details: March 1994
Orford Church, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: May 1994
Total duration: 1 minutes 58 seconds

'A treasury of good performances. It could hardly be otherwise with this composer and this roster of singers' (Fanfare, USA)

If music be the food of love, Z379b
composer
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Paul Esswood (countertenor), Johann Sonnleitner (harpsichord), Charles Medlam (viola da gamba)
Introduction
Purcell made three settings of Colonel Henry Heveningham’s ‘If music be the food of love’. The first version was published in June 1692 in The Gentleman’s Journal, and reproduced the next year, somewhat altered, in Heptinstall’s Comes Amoris. The third version, published in 1693 was completely different. This second setting, a tone lower than the first, contains less of the breathless excitement, substituting instead a more flowing version of Purcell’s ravishing melody. Nonetheless, the repeated, rising request ‘sing on’ pre-echoes the (slightly risqué) list of qualities – ‘Your eyes, your mien [bearing], your tongue’ – that declare ‘That you are music ev’rywhere’. The longest melisma is reserved for the word ‘music’.

from notes by Robert King 2003


Other albums featuring this work
'Purcell: Music for a while & other songs' (CDA66070)
Purcell: Music for a while & other songs
'Purcell: The complete secular solo songs' (CDS44161/3)
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
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