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Oh, fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z402

composer
Orpheus Britannicus II, 1702
author of text

 
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

Recordings

Essential Purcell
This album is not yet available for downloadKING2Super-budget price sampler
Purcell: Music for a while & other songs
CDA66070Archive Service
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1
CDA66710Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
The King's Consort Baroque Collection
KING4Super-budget price sampler — DeletedDownload currently discounted

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 ó Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDS44161/3 disc 1 track 28

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-71028
Duration
5'16
Recording date
29 March 1994
Recording venue
Orford Church, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1 (CDA66710)
    Disc 1 Track 28
    Release date: March 1994
    Deletion date: February 2010
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 1 Track 28
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
  3. Essential Purcell (KING2)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: September 1994
    Super-budget price sampler
  4. The King's Consort Baroque Collection (KING4)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: October 1997
    Deletion date: February 2009
    Super-budget price sampler ó Deleted
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