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Track(s) taken from CDA66720

If grief has any pow'r to kill, Z378

The Theatre of Music II, 1685
author of text

Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Recording details: March 1994
Orford Church, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: May 1994
Total duration: 1 minutes 37 seconds


'A treasury of good performances. It could hardly be otherwise with this composer and this roster of singers' (Fanfare, USA)
This song was published in Playford’s second book of The Theatre of Music in 1685. Purcell’s setting shows a sophisticated musical mind at work: the text is skilfully coloured with a melodic line which covers a wide vocal range. Word-painting is to the fore: ‘doom’ plunges to the lowest extremes of the voice, the continuo and voice chase each other in suspensions at ‘So close he has besieg’d my heart’ and the singer graphically tries to shake off the dart with which he struggles.

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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