Tyrannick Love

The Orpheus Ensemble with Vivien Hamilton. Songs for soprano, harpsichord, baroque cello (viol and baroque violins on occasion), each written for famous singers and actresses in popular Restoration dramas of late 17th century England.

Vivien Hamilton gives the songs the lyricism and dramatic edge that they require, while being sensitively accompanied by Pricilla Taylor and Margaret Waugh.
Melbourne-based, The Orpheus Ensemble has been performing together since 1992. It specialises in exploring English and Italian music of the 17th and early 18th century.


Orpheus Ensemble

Featuring the talents of Vivien Hamilton (soprano), Margaret Waugh (baroque cello) and Priscilla Taylor (harpsichord), the Melbourne-based ‘Orpheus Ensemble’ has been performing together since 1992. It specialises in exploring English and Italian music of the 17th and early 18th century.

Vivien Hamilton

Vivien is currently Lecturer in Voice at Monash University, and conducts the Monash University Women's Choir, also teaching at the University of Melbourne. Her recent work covers many styles and contexts, from the role of Mrs Anderson in the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of Sondheim's A Little Night Music, to her performance as soprano soloist in J.S. Bach's St. John Passion at the Festival of Perth.

Press quotes

“delightfully presented”

— Barbara Hebden, The Sunday Mail

“This collection of Restoration songs is beautifully presented. The ensemble is sensitive to the stylistic requirements of the era, and provides a perfect accompaniment to Vivien Hamilton's spectacular soprano voice.”

— Emma Runciman, Radio News 3BBR FM

“very clear reproduction, a lot of variety”

— Cliff Tucker, Radio Fremantle

Audio preview

Track Listing

  1. Sweeter than Roses Henry Purcell
  2. When first Amintas su'd for a Kiss Henry Purcell
  3. Lysander I persue in vain John Blow
  4. If Musick be the Food of Love - first Setting Henry Purcell
  5. I burn, my Brain consumes to Ashes John Eccles
  6. Whilst I with Grief did on you look Henry Purcell
  7. Cupid the slyest rogue alive Henry Purcell
  8. I Attempt from Love's sickness Henry Purcell
  9. Bess of Bedlam Henry Purcell
  10. Ah! How sweet it is to love Henry Purcell
  11. Farweel bonny Wully Craig Samuel Akeroyde
  12. From Rosy Bow'rs Henry Purcell
  13. Cupid once, when weary grown Pelham Humfrey
  14. Beneath a Poplar's shadow lay me Henry Purcell
  15. Musick for a while Henry Purcell
  16. If Musick be the Food of Love - second setting Henry Purcell
  17. Dear, Pritty Youth Henry Purcell
  18. Where art thou, God of Dreams? Giovanni Draghi



Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell was an English organist and Baroque composer of secular and sacred music. Although Purcell incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, his legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music.

Where to buy

Tyrannick Love can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’ and Readings.

Product details

Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Alastair McAllister
Orpheus Ensemble
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Move Records Studio
Release date
© 1999 Move Records
℗ 1999 Move Records
Early music, Vocal
Catalogue number
MD 3217
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574321722