Purcell Songs & Ayres

Purcell: Songs and Airs
Kirkby / Rooley / Hogwood / Mackintosh / Campbell
L'Oiseau Lyre 417 123


  1. Hark! Hark! How all things
  2. Crown the altar, deck the shrine
  3. If music be the food of love
  4. Not all my torments
  5. O, O let me weep
  6. I attempt from love's sickness to fly
  7. Olinda in the shades unseen
  8. Urge me no more
  9. Bess of Bedlam
  10. Lovely, lovely Albina
  11. Sweeter than roses
  12. Dear pretty youth
  13. When first Amintas
  14. The cares of lovers
  15. Ye gentle spirits
  16. An evening hymn

Performers: Emma Kirkby (soprano), Christopher Hogwood (organ, spinet), Anthony Rooley (lute), Richard Campbell (bass viol), Catherine Mackintosh (violin)

Playing time: 46'

Recording date: October 1982 (Forde Abbey, Dorset)

Some other recordings of Purcell's Songs & Ayres:

Purcell: Airs and Duets
Emma Kirkby / David Thomas / Anthony Rooley
Hyperion 66056
Purcell: O Solitude
Songs & Airs
Nancy Argenta / Nigel North / Richard Boothby / Paul Nicholson
Virgin Veritas 59234
Purcell: Orpheus Britannicus
Agnès Mellon / Christophe Rousset / Wieland Kuijken
Astrée 8757
Purcell: Orpheus Britannicus
Jill Feldman / Nigel North / Sarah Cunningham
Arcana 2
Purcell: Sweeter than Roses / Songs
Drew Minter / Paul O'Dette / Mitzi Meyerson / Mary Springfels
Harmonia Mundi "Suite" 7907035
Purcell: Tis Nature's Voice - Songs & Elegies
René Jacobs / Wieland Kuijken / Konrad Junghänel
Accent 57802
Purcell: Songs of Welcome & Farewell
Teldec 95068
Virgin Veritas 59324
Purcell: Ayres for the Theatre
The Parley of Instruments - Peter Holman
Helios 55010
Purcell: Hark how the wild musicians sing
The Symphony Songs
Red Byrd / Parley of Instruments - Peter Holman
Hyperion 66750
Purcell: Complete Ayres for the Theatre
Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra - Roy Goodman
Hyperion 67001/3 (3 CDs)
Purcell: Ayres for the Theatre
Tafelmusik - Jeanne Lamon
Sony Vivarte 66169

In addition to the above, the King's Consort is embarking on a series of the complete secular songs of Purcell on the Hyperion label, beginning with:

Purcell Songs - Volume 1
The King's Consort - Robert King
Hyperion 66710

For some similar recordings of the later English Baroque, see the discography of the Consort of Musicke. Some additional information from Jon Stringer.

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Todd M. McComb