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Track(s) taken from CDA66720

When my Aemelia smiles, Z434

first printed in 1699
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: 2 minutes 8 seconds


'A treasury of good performances. It could hardly be otherwise with this composer and this roster of singers' (Fanfare, USA)
When my Aemelia smiles was first printed in late 1699 by Henry Playford in his ‘Monthly collection of new teaching songs Mercurius musicus’. There it was headed ‘Song set by the late Mr H. Purcell; never before publish’d’. A year later it was published by Thomas Cross as ‘A Song set by the late Mr Henry Purcell’ and in 1704 it was included in the second edition of Orpheus Britannicus. From the style of writing it is probable that Purcell wrote the song during the 1690s. All three sources title the lady ‘Acmelia’, which is presumably a misprint for ‘Aemelia’. Purcell’s setting is marvellously tuneful, providing important words such as ‘smile’, ‘smooth’ and ‘slide’ with delightful melismas. Contemporary audiences could hardly fail to notice the rash of unsubtle doubles entendres.

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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