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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66730
Recording details: March 1994
Orford Church, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 1994
Total duration: 2 minutes 59 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)

Bacchus is a pow'r divine, Z360
composer
Orpheus Britannicus I, 1698
author of text

Introduction
Only two of Purcell’s secular solo songs, This poet sings the Trojan wars and Bacchus is a pow’r divine, are for solo bass voice. ‘Bacchus’ is a splendidly theatrical song whose date of composition is unknown; it first appeared posthumously in the first volume of Orpheus Britannicus (1698). We can presume that Purcell wrote the song for a bass singer who had not only a good top register and a strong lower end to his voice, but was also able to act the song.

Purcell’s setting suggests that perhaps he was not without some experience in this subject. The singer starts sober, drinks ‘mighty wine’ and subsides ‘down dead’. His imagination then comes to life in a variety of drunken states, singing ‘without thought of want’, fantasizing as he lies on the ground and truculantly outlining (and punning on) the benefits of drinking rather than going off to war.

from notes by Robert King 2003

Other albums featuring this work
'Purcell: The complete secular solo songs' (CDS44161/3)
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
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