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No time in eternity

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No time in eternity was commissioned by the French counter-tenor Paulin Bündgen with Ensemble Celadon in 2016 and first performed by them in Lyon in March of that year. It is a setting of several poems by the great seventeenth-century poet Robert Herrick: To music, No time in eternity, Fortune, The definition of beauty, Things mortal still mutable, The watch, To music. All are from his Hesperides, published in 1648. His most famous verse is ‘To the Virgins to make much of time’, espousing the sentiment to seize the day, or carpe diem; and we see similar sentiments in these epigrammatical works that Nyman has chosen to set. He was highly sensitive to music and a close friend of the Lawes brothers, Henry & William.

from notes by Richard Boothby © 2019


Nyman & Purcell: If & other songs
Studio Master: SIGCD586Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: To music  Begin to Charm, and as thou strok’st mine ears
Track 1 on SIGCD586 [2'14] Download only
No 2: No time in eternity  By hours we all live here
Track 2 on SIGCD586 [0'50] Download only
No 3: Fortune
Track 3 on SIGCD586 [1'03] Download only
No 4: The definition of beauty  Beauty no other thing is than a beam
Track 4 on SIGCD586 [0'55] Download only
No 5: Things mortal still mutable  Things are uncertain and the more we get
Track 5 on SIGCD586 [1'25] Download only
No 6: The watch  Man is a watch, wound up at first
Track 6 on SIGCD586 [1'57] Download only
No 7: To music  Music, thou queen of heaven
Track 7 on SIGCD586 [2'29] Download only

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