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Track(s) taken from CDA66710

Pastora's beauties when unblown, Z407

Choice Ayres and Songs to Sing to the Theorbo-lute or Bass-viol, book 3, 1681
author of text

Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Recording details: March 1994
Orford Church, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: March 1994
Total duration: 2 minutes 23 seconds


'An auspicious launch to a project that will probably have no real competiton for years to come; I recommend it heartily' (Fanfare, USA)

'An exceptional recording with consummate singing and playing which is worthy of pride of place in any vocal collection' (CDReview)
Pastora’s beauties when unblown is an early song, published in Playford’s third book of Choice Ayres and Songs to Sing to the Theorbo-lute or Bass-viol in 1681. It was also included in William Pearson’s collection Wit and Mirth in 1719. Pastora is a stock shepherdess of literature (appearing, for instance, in Spenser’s The Faerie Queen as Pastorella). Here the story is sad; the singer recognized Pastora’s beauties from an early age and used to lie awake at night pining for her. He had never before fallen in love, but Fate ‘whom none can control’ pointed Pastora to our lover. Between verses two and three all has gone wrong and our lover berates the gods, demanding that they ‘take away the tort’ring pain’. Purcell’s setting is a strophic one, delicious in its lute-song simplicity.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

Other albums featuring this work

Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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