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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: 2 minutes 6 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 setting is a late one, headed in the first book of Deliciae Musicae (published in May 1695) as having been sung by ‘Mrs Siball’ (Colley Cibber). The song is full of delightful harmonic details. ‘One glance from her’ rises expectantly and falls beautifully as ‘my soul disarms’; two extended melismas on ‘glory’ and ‘triumph’ dominate the second half without detracting from Purcell’s charming melody.