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|Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort» More|
In the first two versions Purcell had set the second stanza to the same music as the first; here he contrasts the semi-recitative of the opening with a lilting, triple-time aria which describes the ‘pleasures’ that ‘invade both eye and ear’, ‘So fierce’ that they ‘wound’ (with the usual sexual connotation) the senses. For the last pair of lines Purcell tellingly returns to the style of the opening, with a final, haunting melisma that would challenge even the hardest heart not to ‘save me in your arms’.
from notes by Robert King © 2003
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