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The Complete Secular Solo Songs of Henry Purcell Box set

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0000DJENT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Draw near, you lovers (Z462)
  2. While Thirsis, wrapp'd in downy sleep (Z437)
  3. Love, thou can'st hear, tho' thou art blind (Z396)
  4. I loved fair Celia (Z381)
  5. What hope for us remains now he is gone? (Z472)
  6. Pastora's beauties when unblown (Z407)
  7. A thousand sev'ral ways I tried (Z359)
  8. Urge me no more (Z426)
  9. Farewell, all joys (Z368)
  10. If music be the food of love (first version Z379A)
  11. Amidst the shades and cool refreshing streams (Z355)
  12. They say you're angry (Z422)
  13. Let each gallant heart (Z390)
  14. This poet sings the Trojan wars ('Anacreon's Defeat') (Z423)
  15. Ah, how pleasant 'tis to love (Z353)
  16. My heart, whenever you appear (Z399)
  17. On the brow of Richmond Hill (Z405)
  18. Rashly I swore I would disown (Z411)
  19. Since the pox, or the plague (Z471)
  20. Beneath a dark and melancholy grove (Z461)
  21. Musing on cares of human fate (Z467)
  22. Whilst Cynthia sung, all angry winds lay still (Z438)
  23. How I sigh when I think of the charms of my swain (Z374)
  24. Ye happy swains, whose nymphs are kind (Z443)
  25. Beware, poor shepherds (Z361)
  26. See how the fading glories of the year (Z470)
  27. Cease, anxious world, your fruitless pain (Z362)
  28. Oh, fair Cedaria, hide those eyes (Z402)

Disc: 2

  1. I Love and I Must
  2. When her languishing eyes said 'Love!' (Z432)
  3. Not all my torments can your pity move (Z400)
  4. Ah! cruel nymph! (Z352)
  5. Sylvia, now your scorn give over (Z420)
  6. Since one poor view has drawn my heart (Z416)
  7. I resolve against cringling and whining (Z386)
  8. Gentle shepherds, you that know (Z464)
  9. If grief has any pow'r to kill (Z378)
  10. She that would gain a faithful lover (Z414)
  11. Fly Swift, Ye Hours, Z369
  12. Phillis, talk no more of passion (Z409)
  13. Celia's fond, too long I've lov'd her (Z364)
  14. In vain we dissemble (Z385)
  15. When my Aemelia smiles (Z434)
  16. Farewell, ye rocks, ye seas and sands (Z463)
  17. What a Sad Fate Is Mine, Z428A
  18. She, who my poor heart possesses (Z415)
  19. Love arms himself in Celia's eyes (Z392)
  20. When first my shepherdess and I (Z431)
  21. Through mournful shades and solitary groves (Z424)
  22. Scarce had the rising sun appear'd (Z469)
  23. Who but a slave can well express (Z440)
  24. High on a throne of glitt'ring ore (Z465)
  25. Incassum Lesbia, incassum rogas ('The Queen's Epicedium') (Z383)

Disc: 3

  1. She loves and she confesses too (Z413)
  2. Amintas, to my grief I see (Z356)
  3. Corinna is divinely fair (Z365)
  4. Amintor, heedless of his flocks (Z357)
  5. He himself courts his own ruin (Z372)
  6. No, to what purpose should I speak? (Z468)
  7. Sylvia, 'tis true you're fair (Z512)
  8. Lovely Albina's come ashore (Z394)
  9. Spite of the godhead, pow'rful love (Z417)
  10. If music be the food of love (third version Z379C)
  11. Phillis, I can ne'er forgive it (Z408)
  12. Bacchus is a pow'r divine (Z360)
  13. From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') (Z370)
  14. Let formal lovers still pursue (Z391)
  15. I came, I saw, and was undone (Z375)
  16. Who can behold Florella's charms? (Z441)
  17. Cupid, the slyest rogue alive (Z367)
  18. If pray'rs and tears (Z380)
  19. In Cloris all soft charms agree (Z384)
  20. Let us, kind Lesbia, give away (Z466)
  21. Love is now become a trade (Z393)
  22. Ask me to love no more (Z358)
  23. O solitude, my sweetest choice! (Z406)
  24. Olinda in the shades unseen (Z404)
  25. Pious Celinda goes to prayers (Z410)
  26. When Strephon found his passion vain (Z435)
  27. The fatal hour comes on apace (Z421)
  28. Sawney is a bonny lad (Z412)
  29. Young Thirsis' fate (Z473)

Product Description

Barbra Bonney, soprano - Susan Gritton, soprano - James Bowman, contre ténor - Rogers Covey-Crump, ténor - Charles Daniels, ténor - Michael George, basse - The King's Consort, dir. Robert King

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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 April 2011
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As English as Shakespeare, and like the Bard, a part of this island's cultural output which should be on every Englishman's shelf. Robert King directs a sextet of big name vocalists - Barbara Bonney, Susan Gritton, James Bowman, Rogers Covey-Crump, Charles Daniels and Michael George - in these excellent performances of all eighty-five of Purcell's wonderfully crafted secular solo songs which span the breadth of human emotion from love to melancholy, introspection to joy, from sadness to the comic and sometimes downright bawdy. Too many commentators sniffily dismiss the poetry as doggerel, but Purcell was a true master at combining words and music.

Three discs packaged in a double jewel case along with a sixty-three page booklet providing often quite substantial notes for each song along with the lyrics. This is a set to provide years of pleasure.
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I bought this as a birthday present for my son in law - he says it is "a really beautiful sound".
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Fantastic will buy more
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If you like Purcell you will love this album The best I have ever bought.
So graceful and blissfully relaxing. Superb on a long car journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential recording for lovers of Henry Purcell's music. 29 Jan. 2008
By Steven Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am surprised that this superb product, released in 2004, hasn't attracted any reviews yet. So I will offer a brief one.
This CD contains all of Henry Purcell's secular solo songs, although it does include some works for more than one voice. The CD contains highly informative notes on each the songs and the texts of all 87 songs. The songs are spread amongst the six singers - Barbara Bonney and Susan Gritton, sopranos; James Bowman, alto; Rogers Covey-Crump and Charles Daniels, tenors; Michael George, bass. The accompaniment, from Robert King's The King's Consort, consists of Mark Caudle and Susanna Pell on bass viols, David Miller playing the theorbo and archlute and maestro Robert King on the chamber organ and harpsichord.

The sound of the recording is very fresh, clear and vivid, as they say. It is exemplary of Hyperion's very high standards in that department. The presentation of the CD is very beautiful and tasteful. All in all, a great achievement and a very fine collection.

Purcell's songs range from the introspective ("Music for a while"), to the melancholy ("O Solitude, my sweetest choice!"), to the hedonistic ("Ah, how pleasant 'tis to love"), to the frankly bawdy ("Since the pox, or the plague") and comical ("Love is now become a trade"), to straight out love songs ("Oh, fair Cedaria, hide those eyes"). Purcell was the master of setting the English language to music and I'd say that his only serious rivals are John Dowland and Benjamin Britten.

This recording is one I treasure and it is one of the best Purcell recordings available. I bought it a couple of years after buying Purcell's complete Welcome Songs & Odes by Robert King and The King's Consort, also on Hyperion. Any serious lover of Purcell's music should have both.

I would love to see a complete survey of Purcell's Catches on CD. The lack of a recording of these works seems to represent a serious hole in the modern range of recordings of Purcell's music. The Deller Consort and Pro Cantione Antiqua recorded some of them many years ago. However, no modern recordings are available, as far as I know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best recording of these pieces available. 5 May 2010
By T. Eastham - Published on Amazon.com
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So I got this today, and I was astounded.

King's Consort produces another brilliant interpretation and performance of works by Henry Purcell. This collection of Purcell's solo secular songs (though some, as the previous review mentions, have short duets within them) is superbly sung all around. A note on the vocals, they aren't the most "early music" vocals you'll find. The singers all certainly demand attention, but for me, I think that's perfectly fine. The very subdued singing that some take to Baroque music seems to detract from the emotion of these pieces--emotion that is clearly intended from the text painting. However, they also aren't sung in an unnecessarily grandiose way or with too much drive. Frankly, it's just right.

If you enjoy Purcell's music, this collection is absolutely necessary.
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