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Oh, fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z402
composer
Orpheus Britannicus II, 1702
author of text

Recordings
'Essential Purcell' (KING2)
Essential Purcell
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'Purcell: Music for a while & other songs' (CDA66070)
Purcell: Music for a while & other songs
'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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'The King's Consort Baroque Collection' (KING4)
The King's Consort Baroque Collection
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Details
Track 2 on CDA66070 [3'40] Archive Service
Track 28 on CDA66710 [5'16] Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Track 28 on CDS44161/3 CD1 [5'16] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 3 on KING2 [5'16] Super-budget price sampler
Track 11 on KING4 [5'16] Super-budget price sampler Deleted

Oh, fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z402
Oh, fair Cedaria is a masterpiece. It was not published until seven years after Purcell’s death, when it appeared in the 1702 second edition of Orpheus Britannicus. It is one of the most perfect of all Purcell’s songs. The opening is exquisite, with a ravishing melisma on ‘Oh’ leading to a series of sighing ‘hide those eyes’ and erotic settings of the word ‘dies’. ‘Such beauty and charms are seen’ is underpinned by a graceful, four-bar ground bass; the tantalizing melismas on ‘charms’ leave us in no doubt of Cedaria’s matchless ‘beauty, wit, and grace’. The last stanza is extraordinary, containing a series of increasingly desolate pleas to ‘pity me’, the last of which is worthy of Dido, as is the magically descending bass line of the last ‘Unless I may your favour have, I can’t one moment live’. Such a song leaves us in no doubt whatsoever as to why Purcell’s contemporaries held him in universal awe.

from notes by Robert King 2003

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Details for CDA66070 track 2
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-87-07002
Duration
3'40
Recording date
13 October 1981
Recording venue
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Music for a while & other songs (CDA66070)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 1987
    Archive Service
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