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The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421
composer
Orpheus Britannicus II, 1702
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures' (CDH55303)
Purcell: Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures
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'Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 3' (CDA66730)
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 3
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'Purcell: The complete secular solo songs' (CDS44161/3)
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
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Details
Track 12 on CDH55303 [3'41] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 27 on CDA66730 [3'47] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 27 on CDS44161/3 CD3 [3'47] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421
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The fine setting is probably a late composition of Purcell’s and first appeared in Playford’s second book of Orpheus Britannicus in 1702. The style of the first section is Italianately florid, and the harmony especially rich in colouring the dark sentiments of the anonymous author’s text. Winding melismas abound, emphasizing words such as ‘fatal’, ‘die’, ‘certain misery’, ‘pangs’ and ‘wracks’; the plangent harmony underlying ‘my heart will break’ brings a marvellous sense of desolation to the text. The lilting triple-time arioso ‘Since I for you so much endure’ is ravishing, relishing its melancholy sentiments in gloriously melodic phrases.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

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