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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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'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)
This song was first published in the fourth book of Choice Ayres and Songs in 1683. Although words were not given separately in the bass part, Purcell’s repeated notes and matching rhythms in the accompaniment suggest that a bass singer might have joined the soprano. In a strophic song Strephon, a stock pastoral figure, complains to Coelia that she is resisting all his advances, even when he takes the radical step (we may hope only symbolically) of trying to attract at least her pity by drawing his own blood.