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Recording details: March 1994
Orford Church, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 1994
Total duration: 0 minutes 58 seconds
'Those who need all of Purcell's songs at their fingertips should invest in Hyperion's three-disk survey of secular songs, with outstanding performances by Barbara Bonney, Rogers Covey-Crump and James Bowman' (The New York Times)
The first volume of Vinculum Societatis (1687) contained two songs by Purcell, Let formal lovers and Spite of the godhead, a setting of a poem by Anne Wharton. Purcell’s melody illustrates the lady’s tormented, hidden love for Philemon with angular intervals, but the ending has hope, for she will (if he should ‘Once take thy injur’d part’) put her pride aside, and declare her true love for him.