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I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z388

composer
1681
author of text

 
The text of this song appears, without music, in a manuscript of poems and pieces collected in the late seventeenth century at Winchester College (British Museum MS 14047, f.126v). In that manuscript the poem appears under the heading ‘Some of my dear Mother Chamberlaine’s Verses’. The setting is a sad one, as a desolate lover muses on the ‘woes of my neglected love’. Purcell’s setting eloquently captures that air of melancholy, colouring the ‘dark and silent shady grove’ and ‘Death’s embraces’ at the lower end of the voice, and rising in hopeless expectation that just one look ‘from those dear eyes’ will release the poet from his torment.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

Recordings

Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2
CDA66720Last few CD copies remainingDownload currently discounted
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 19 on CDA66720 [1'49] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 19 on CDS44161/3 CD2 [1'49] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66720 track 19

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-72019
Duration
1'49
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 19
    Release date: May 1994
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 2 Track 19
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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