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Track(s) taken from CDH55013

Pox on you for a fop


The City Waites
Recording details: October 1980
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 1988
Total duration: 1 minutes 56 seconds


'Splendid, vigorous, animated, hilarious' (Hi-Fi News)

'Rollicking good 'Rollicking good fun' (The Cornish Guardian)

'Highly entertaining' (Classical Music)
One of a collection of vulgar but witty rounds written by the composer of the sublime Dido and Aeneas. A ‘fop’ in Purcell’s day was simply a rakehell who made a point of indulging himself to excess in the delights of the flesh. This graphic description of the effects of overeating provides an interesting comment on the seamier side of Purcell’s private life. Not for the squeamish!

from notes by Douglas Wootton © 1981

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