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Track(s) taken from CDA66720

Scarce had the rising sun appear'd, Z469

Choice Ayres and Songs II, 1679
author of text

Barbara Bonney (soprano), 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: 1 minutes 3 seconds


'A treasury of good performances. It could hardly be otherwise with this composer and this roster of singers' (Fanfare, USA)
Scarce had the rising sun appear’d was one of Purcell’s first songs to be published, appearing in John Playford’s second book of Choice Ayres and Songs of 1679. The poem was on a common enough theme: a ‘sweet nymph’, minding her own business in a quiet grove, was propositioned by a ‘murm’ring voice’ whose ‘prevalent charms’ were as attractive as the girl’s face. Purcell’s setting is delightful in its tuneful simplicity, bringing in a bass voice to join the solo soprano as beauty yields to ‘pleasing flatteries’.

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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