Purcell: The Food of Love ()

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Scots tenor Paul Agnew has an ideal voice for Purcell: clean, pure, supple, strong across its range, with exceptionally precise intonation. His delivery is natural and unmannered, and he is undaunted by the music's outrageous technical demands, so that even the most ornately embellished lines sound spontaneously imagined and genuinely felt. (His is a voice, in fact, that would be ideal for any number of composers.) In this recital of songs by Purcell, intermingled with instrumental interludes by a few of the composer's ...

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  1. If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings)
  2. Corinna is divinely fair, song, Z. 365
  3. Ah! How sweet it is to love (from "Tyrannic Love"), song, Z. 613/2
  4. What a sad fate is mine, song, Z. 428 (2 versions)
  5. I see, she flies me (from "Aureng-Zebe"), song, Z. 573/1
  6. Caprice de chacone for guitar in C major (from La guitarre royalle, 1671)
  7. O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406
  8. Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2
  9. Ground for harpsichord in C minor, ZD 221 (doubtful)
  10. O! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, song, Z. 402
  11. Man is for the woman made (from "The Mock Marriage"), song, Z. 605/3
  12. Not all my torments can your pity move, song, Z. 400
  13. On the brow of Richmond Hill, song, Z. 405
  14. Pious Celinda goes to prayers, song, Z. 410
  15. When first I saw (from "Prophetess"), soprano aria, Z. 627/App1
  16. Prelude in D major (from the Division Viol)
  17. The cares of lovers (from "Timon of Athens"), soprano aria, Z. 632/10
  18. The fatal hour comes on apace, song, Z. 421
  19. I lov'd fair Celia, song, Z. 381
  20. When her languishing eyes said 'love', song, Z. 432
  21. Suite for guitar No. 3 in D minor (Livre de Guittarre Dédié au Roy, 1682)
  22. Thou wakeful shepherd ("Morning Hymn"), for soprano & continuo, Z. 198
  23. Prelude in E minor (from the Division Viol)
  24. The Earth trembled, and heav'n closed, sacred song for bass (or soprano) & continuo, Z. 197
  25. Now that the sun hath veiled his light, sacred song for soprano & continuo ("An Evening Hymn"), Z. 193
  26. If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings)
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Purcell: The Food of Love
2009, Ambroisie

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