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Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z184
composer
1688; Harmonia Sacra
author of text

Recordings
'Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 11' (CDA66716)
Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 11
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'Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44141/51)
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
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Details
Track 2 on CDA66716 [3'20] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 2 on CDS44141/51 CD11 [3'20] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z184
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The deliciously poised setting of Close thine eyes was one of twelve of Purcell’s devotional songs first published in 1688 in Harmonia Sacra. The text, sometimes misattributed to King Charles, was by Francis Quarles, a Cambridge-educated poet who had made his reputation during the 1620s with a series of biblical paraphrases. As befits its subject matter, Purcell’s setting, for soprano and bass, is restrained and restful, and contains some delicious harmonic turns. There is one short passage with more motion, ‘The music and the mirth of kings’, which is quickly stilled, being ‘out of tune’, and this glorious miniature ends serenely.

from notes by Robert King ©

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Details for CDA66716 track 2
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-71602
Duration
3'20
Recording date
1 April 1994
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 11 (CDA66716)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 1994
    Deletion date: January 2010
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
  2. Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44141/51)
    Disc 11 Track 2
    Release date: November 2002
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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