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Purcell: Secular Songs Vol 3 / King, Bonney, Gritton, et al

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : She loves and she confesses too, song, Z. 413
>Purcell, Henry : Amintas, to my grief I see, for soprano & continuo, Z. 356
>Purcell, Henry : Corinna is divinely fair, Z. 365
>Purcell, Henry : Amintor, heedless of his flocks, for soprano & continuo, Z. 357
>Purcell, Henry : He himself courts his own ruin, song, Z. 372
>Purcell, Henry : No, to what purpose should I speak, song, Z. 468
>Purcell, Henry : Sylvia, 'tis true you're fair, song, Z. 512
>Purcell, Henry : Lovely Albina's come ashore, song, Z. 394
>Purcell, Henry : Spite of the godhead, pow'rful love, song, Z. 417
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : Phyllis, I can ne'er forgive it, song, Z. 408
>Purcell, Henry : Bacchus is a power divine, song, Z. 360
>Purcell, Henry : From silent shades, Z 370 "Bess of Bedlam"
>Purcell, Henry : Let formal lovers still pursue, song, Z. 391
>Purcell, Henry : I came, I saw, and was undone, song, Z. 375
>Purcell, Henry : Who can behold Florella's charms?, song, Z. 441
>Purcell, Henry : Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z 367
>Purcell, Henry : If prayers and tears, song, Z. 380
>Purcell, Henry : In Cloris all soft charms, song, Z. 384
>Purcell, Henry : Let us, kind Lesbia, give away, song, Z. 466
>Purcell, Henry : Love is now become a trade, song, Z. 393
>Purcell, Henry : Ask me to love no more, song, for soprano & continuo, Z. 358
>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
>Purcell, Henry : Olinda in the shades unseen, song, Z. 404
>Purcell, Henry : Pious Celinda goes to pray'rs, Z. 410
>Purcell, Henry : When Strephon found his passion vain, song, Z. 435
>Purcell, Henry : The fatal hour comes on apace, Z 421
>Purcell, Henry : Sawney is a bonny lad, song, Z. 412
>Purcell, Henry : Young Thirsis' fate, Z 473
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Notes & Reviews:

'Those who need all of Purcell's songs at their fingertips should invest in Hyperion's three-disk survey of secular songs, with outstanding performances by Barbara Bonney, Rogers Covey-Crump and James Bowman' (The New York Times)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This third and last volume of Purcell's non- theatrical secular songs consummates a most rewarding survey of 87 songs with more of the same: a vocal palette of six singers who are by now so steeped in the nuances of Purcell's strains that even the slightest offering sparkles with something memorable. The treasure is shared between Barbara Bonney and Susan Gritton who complement each other superbly.

Gritton, becoming more refined in characterisation and tonal colour by the day, is allotted the free-style and dramatic pieces while to Bonney's fluid and sensual melisma is designated the more strophic or cantabile settings. Lovely Albina's comeashore is one of the composer's most mature creations, tantalisingly hinting at a new, tautly designed and classically balanced type of song.

This work, If music be the food of love (the best of the three versions) and I came, I saw are striking examples of how exceptionally Bonney negotiates Purcell's skipping and curling contours and makes these songs sound even finer creations than we previously thought. From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') is Purcell's quintessential mad-song and Gritton has the measure of it all the way; packed full of incident, imagery and musical detail, her narration is clear and finely judged, reporting the tale with irony and change of colour. The CD is beautifully documented.



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : She loves and she confesses too, song, Z. 413
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683

>Purcell, Henry : Amintas, to my grief I see, for soprano & continuo, Z. 356
  • Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1679

>Purcell, Henry : Corinna is divinely fair, Z. 365
  • Performer: Barbara Bonney
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Amintor, heedless of his flocks, for soprano & continuo, Z. 357
  • Performer: Charles Daniels
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681

>Purcell, Henry : He himself courts his own ruin, song, Z. 372
  • Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1684

>Purcell, Henry : No, to what purpose should I speak, song, Z. 468
  • Performers: Michael George; Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Sylvia, 'tis true you're fair, song, Z. 512
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Michael George
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1686

>Purcell, Henry : Lovely Albina's come ashore, song, Z. 394
  • Performer: Barbara Bonney
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Spite of the godhead, pow'rful love, song, Z. 417
  • Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
  • Performer: Barbara Bonney
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1692-1775

>Purcell, Henry : Phyllis, I can ne'er forgive it, song, Z. 408
  • Performer: Charles Daniels
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1688

>Purcell, Henry : Bacchus is a power divine, song, Z. 360
  • Performer: Michael George
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : From silent shades, Z 370 "Bess of Bedlam"
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683

>Purcell, Henry : Let formal lovers still pursue, song, Z. 391
  • Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : I came, I saw, and was undone, song, Z. 375
  • Performer: Barbara Bonney
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Who can behold Florella's charms?, song, Z. 441
  • Performer: Charles Daniels
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z 367
  • Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1685

>Purcell, Henry : If prayers and tears, song, Z. 380
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : In Cloris all soft charms, song, Z. 384
  • Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1684

>Purcell, Henry : Let us, kind Lesbia, give away, song, Z. 466
  • Performers: Barbara Bonney; Michael George
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1684

>Purcell, Henry : Love is now become a trade, song, Z. 393
  • Performer: Charles Daniels
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1685

>Purcell, Henry : Ask me to love no more, song, for soprano & continuo, Z. 358
  • Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1687

>Purcell, Henry : Olinda in the shades unseen, song, Z. 404
  • Performer: Barbara Bonney
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Pious Celinda goes to pray'rs, Z. 410
  • Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : When Strephon found his passion vain, song, Z. 435
  • Performers: Barbara Bonney; Michael George
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683

>Purcell, Henry : The fatal hour comes on apace, Z 421
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694-1695

>Purcell, Henry : Sawney is a bonny lad, song, Z. 412
  • Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Young Thirsis' fate, Z 473
  • Performers: Michael George; Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: 09/28/1993/10/06/1993
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque