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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: 1 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)
Love is now become a trade appeared in Playford’s first book of The Theatre of Music in 1685. The anonymous author takes a wry view of love, likening it to a commercial transaction: those with wealth can bid for a wife to last them all their life (though they may along the way bring employment to a lawyer) but this simple tradesman is happy just to have a single night’s entertainment with ‘a small retailing whore’!