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Track(s) taken from CDA66720

Farewell, ye rocks, ye seas and sands, Z463

A Third Collection of New Songs, 1685
author of text

Charles Daniels (tenor), Michael George (bass), 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: 3 minutes 14 seconds


'A treasury of good performances. It could hardly be otherwise with this composer and this roster of singers' (Fanfare, USA)
Purcell’s setting of Tom D’Urfey’s poem (subtitled ‘The Storm’) was published in 1685 in A Third Collection of New Songs. A sailor compares the sea with all its perils to love: calms are like ‘Cynthia’s smiles’ and gusts of wind like her frowns. This sailor has had enough of the sea and wishes to see more of ‘God’s miracles at land’. The verses of Purcell’s song are tuneful and imaginatively harmonized (with, in the first verse, a nicely ambiguous chord under ‘love’): the refrains are in the strumming, bawdy tavern style with which the composer may have been acquainted!

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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