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Track(s) taken from CDA66710

Let each gallant heart, Z390

Playford's Choice Ayres and Songs, 1683
author of text

James Bowman (countertenor), 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: 1 minutes 48 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)
Purcell’s gently lilting setting of John Turner’s poem was published in Playford’s Choice Ayres and Songs in 1683. Its tuneful simplicity derives in part from being anchored on eight repetitions of a seven-bar ground bass which, handled with Purcell’s customary skill, sometimes coincides with, and sometimes overlaps, the start of new vocal phrases. The message of the poem is simple; those who have not felt unrequited love, watch out, for when it does happen, the ‘warfare of love’ will produce ‘a thousand times more Sweets and delights than your dull peace before’. Purcell’s wonderful harmony for ‘your dull peace’ is elegantly inappropriate, and the ‘pleasures’ of verse two marvellously ‘blue’ in their harmonization.

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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