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Cupid once, when weary grown
Oh! That I had but a fine man
O Love, if e’er thou’lt ease a heart
How severe is forgetful old age
Have you seen the bright lily grow?
Woods, rocks and mountains
With endless tears
Come hither, you that love
Come, heavy sleep
The Prince’s Almain
The Marigold (Mark How the Blushful Morn)
I wish no more
No more shall meads be deck’d with flowers
Amarillis, by a spring
Sleep soft, you cold clay cinders
Chloris dead, lamented by Amintor
If grief has any pow'r to kill, Z378
When first Amintas sued for a kiss, Z430
Music for a while, Z583
Farewell, all joys Z368
Beautiful miniatures full of English melancholy.
Purcell’s famous ‘Music for a while’ crowns a century of extraordinary song writing.
Wonderful togetherness of Johannette Zomer and Fred Jacobs.
Johannette Zomer and Fred Jacobs started recording a series of programmes devoted to 17th Century monody for which their research has unveiled many hidden treasures. This recording brings beautiful miniatures, full of English melancholy and humor, including Purcells’s famous ‘Music for a while’. Their previous recordings in this series - ‘Splendore di Roma’, ‘Nuove Musiche’ and ‘l’Esprit Galant’- received great international acclaim.
“There's a brightness to the voice which pinpoints open-eyed wonder...That Zomer knows how to float a line and respond to its musical contours is never in doubt” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 ***
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Away Delights: Lute Solos and Songs from Shakespeare's England
Matthew Wadsworth is one of the foremost lutenists of his generation. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 1997, he has quickly gained recognition as one of leading exponents of the 17th-century lute repertoire. This includes the works of Robert Johnson, the last of the great English lutenists and the only known composer to have provided music for Shakespeare’s plays. Much of Johnson’s output is, remarkably, rarely recorded. On this CD, alongside well known songs such as Where the bee sucks and Care charming sleep, are many previously unrecorded masterpieces. Joining Matthew is soprano Carolyn Sampson, who has been described by The Gramophone as “now the best British early music soprano by quite some distance.”
Recorded October 2003 and April 2004, St. Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk
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