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Ah, how pleasant 'tis to love, Z353
composer
The Banquet of Musick, 1688
author of text

Recordings
'English Lute Songs' (CDH55249)
English Lute Songs
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'Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1' (CDA66710)
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1
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'Purcell: The complete secular solo songs' (CDS44161/3)
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
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Details
Track 15 on CDA66710 [1'15] Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Track 15 on CDS44161/3 CD1 [1'15] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 22 on CDH55249 [0'53] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Ah, how pleasant 'tis to love, Z353
Ah, how pleasant ’tis to love is a simple, strophic song which was published in the second book of The Banquet of Musick (1688). The lyrics are almost a precis of John Dryden’s ‘Ah, how sweet it is to love’ from his play Tyrannic Love (1670), itself set to music by Purcell for a 1695 revival of the play. Robert Spencer has pointed out melodic similarities with ‘Fear no danger to ensue’ from Dido and Aeneas which may (or, if we accept theories recently presented, may not) date from the same year. The message of the song is straightforward: it is wonderful to be in love. Some people enjoy good living, or build up great fortunes, but the lover needs only his loved one to supply every pleasure.

from notes by Robert King 2003

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Details for CDH55249 track 22
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-99-12622
Duration
0'53
Recording date
23 April 1999
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. English Lute Songs (CDA67126)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: January 2000
    Deletion date: September 2005
    Superseded by CDH55249
  2. English Lute Songs (CDH55249)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: March 2009
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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