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Ah! cruel nymph!, Z352
composer
mid-1693
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: Music for a while & other songs' (CDA66070)
Purcell: Music for a while & other songs
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'Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2' (CDA66720)
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2
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'Purcell: The complete secular solo songs' (CDS44161/3)
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
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Details
Track 14 on CDA66070 [3'07] Archive Service
Track 4 on CDA66720 [2'35] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 4 on CDS44161/3 CD2 [2'35] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Ah! cruel nymph!, Z352
Ah! cruel nymph! was probably copied into the Gresham Manuscript around May 1693. It was also later printed in the second edition of Orpheus Britannicus. A mini-cantata, it shows Purcell’s development of the Italian style, fusing arioso and recitative. The opening explores a running bass line, which is only finally established after an extravagantly florid roulade for the singer on ‘delight’. Despite this peacock-like display, the lover’s ‘nymph’ still refuses his entreaties to cease reproaching him for a previous flirtation with Sylvia. In a more serious section of recitative the singer complains that Sylvia sustained for too long ‘Her conquest when her love was feign’d’. In a dancing triple time the poet realizes that this new lady, ‘charming, airy, humorous and gay’, has finally enabled him to see true love.

from notes by Robert King 2003

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Details for CDA66720 track 4
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-72004
Duration
2'35
Recording date
23 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. 2 (CDA66720)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: May 1994
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 2 Track 4
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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