Purcell’s two strophic verses show his marvellously individual melodic lines and are full of imaginative word-painting; the voice drops in tessitura as the angry winds fall silent, the ‘trembling sail’ rises chromatically as it ‘Did softly swell’, the angular line of ‘the magic of her tongue’ catches the ear with just the right degree of melodic intrigue and the ‘Precedent waves’ rise up the scale until they ‘all together blame the tide’.
from notes by Robert King © 2003
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