Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Rashly I swore I would disown, Z411

Playford's Choice Ayres and Songs IV, 1683
author of text

Purcell’s strophic, two-verse setting of this song appeared in the fourth book of Playford’s Choice Ayres and Songs in 1683. The poet, perhaps in the heat of the moment, swore that he would not fall in love again and, in the same breath, that he would forget the ‘gilded charms’ of his lady-love, Lucinda (a familiar figure in Cavalier lyric poetry). But such resolutions are likely to be broken just as quickly as they were made ‘when love Does feed the active fire’, for there is no method of preventing the ‘infection’ of love once it has reached the heart.

from notes by Robert King © 2003


Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1
CDA66710Archive Service
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/3Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only


Track 18 on CDA66710 [1'05] Archive Service
Track 18 on CDS44161/3 CD1 [1'05] Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only

Track-specific metadata

Click track numbers above to select
Waiting for content to load...
Waiting for content to load...