Campion: Ayres

Campion: Ayres
Drew Minter / Paul O'Dette
Harmonia Mundi USA 907023
Harmonia Mundi "Classical Express" 3957023


  1. Beauty, since you so much desire
  2. Love me or not
  3. Your faire lookes
  4. Never love unless you can
  5. O never to be moved
  6. The cypress curtain of the night
  7. Awake thou spring of speaking grace
  8. Come, you pretty false-ey'd wanton
  9. So tyr'd are all my thoughts
  10. Fire, fire
  11. Pin'd I am, and like to die
  12. Author of light
  13. See where she flies
  14. Faire, if you expect admiring
  15. Shall I come, sweet love, to thee?
  16. It fell on a summer's day
  17. Kinde are her answers
  18. Beauty is but a painted hell
  19. Sweet exclude me not
  20. Are you what your faire lookes expresse?
  21. I care not for these ladies
  22. Never weather-beaten saile

Performers: Drew Minter (countertenor), Paul O'Dette (lute)

Playing time: 58'

Recording date: November 1989

Thomas Campion (1567-1620) was a very accomplished poet, and indeed these settings subjugate the melodic line (which Campion considered optional) to the articulation of the poetry. This program contains a selection of 22 of Campion's 118 songs.

Other recordings:

Move now with measured sound
Campion: Songs
Robin Blaze / Elizabeth Kenny / David Miller et al.
Hyperion 67268
Campion: Lute Songs
Steven Rickards / Dorothy Linell
Naxos 8.553380
Campion: English Ayres
Michael Chance / Nigel North / The English Ayre / Concordia
Linn 105

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Todd M. McComb