If Music Be the Food of Love (countertenor)





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Published on Mar 2, 2010

To close out this lunch recital Mr Mehta does only one encore; and chooses something not as flashy and elaborate as the Italian cantatas, but rather a more simple yet still very beautiful piece called "If Music Be the Food of Love" by Henry Purcell.

Countertenor: Bejun Mehta
Harpsichord: Christophe Rousset
Music By: Henry Purcell


If music be the food of love,
sing on till i am fill'd am fill'd with joy
for then my list'ning soul you move
to pleasures that can never cloy.
Your eyes, your mien, your tongue declare
that you are music ev'rywhere.

Pleasures invade both eye and ear,
so fierce the transports are they wound,
and all my senses feasted are,
and all my senses feasted are,
tho' yet the treat is only sound,
sure i must perish by your charms
unless you save me in your arms.

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