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Let us, kind Lesbia, give away, Z466

composer
Choice Ayres and Songs V, 1684
author of text
translator of text

 
Let us, kind Lesbia, give away was an anonymous translation of Catullus’s ‘Epigram 5’ Viveam mea Lesbia. Purcell’s song was published in the fifth book of Choice Ayres and Songs in 1684. His setting of the devil-may-care (not to say rather risqué) text was suitably colourful: whilst there is the opportunity to indulge in ‘soft embraces all the day’, that chance should be seized, for death will put an end to such pleasures. In the triple-time duet the lovers prepare to put their theories into practice. If anyone should criticize, they will counter such censoriousness ‘with one more kiss’.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

Recordings

Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 3
CDA66730Last few CD copies remaining
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 20 on CDA66730 [1'25] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 20 on CDS44161/3 CD3 [1'25] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66730 track 20

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-73020
Duration
1'25
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. 3 (CDA66730)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: September 1994
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Purcell: The complete secular solo songs (CDS44161/3)
    Disc 3 Track 20
    Release date: November 2003
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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