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Lovely Albina's come ashore, Z394

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The fifth volume of Thesaurus Musicus states that Lovely Albina’s come ashore was ‘The last song that Mr. Henry Purcell sett before he Dy’d’ but the first edition of Orpheus Britannicus is more precise, stating that it was ‘The last Song the Author sett before his Sickness’ (elsewhere telling us that the song ‘From rosy Bow’rs’ in Don Quixote was ‘The last Song the Author sett, it being in his sickness’). We can safely presume that Lovely Albina was one of Purcell’s last compositions. The allegorical references in the text have not yet been satisfactorily explained but may refer to King William’s latest military campaign in Europe or to his reconciliation with Princess Anne. The setting is florid, making much of the interplay between voice and continuo, and full of ornate melismas, but including more thoughtful writing for ‘This beauty will relieve’ and a wonderful last phrase which, in other contexts, Purcell might have marked with his expressively concise direction ‘drag’.

from notes by Robert King © 2003


Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 3
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Recording date
29 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. 3 (CDA66730)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: September 1994
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 3 Track 8
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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