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I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z388
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1681
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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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Track 19 on CDA66720 [1'49] Last few CD copies remaining
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I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z388
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

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Details for CDS44161/3 disc 2 track 19
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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
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  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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