Love and Languish



United by a love and fascination of Baroque vocal music, Ensemble Ancien presents musical treasures of the 17th and 18th century for modern audiences.

Comprising passionate and experienced early music specialists, the ensemble’s performances mirror the elegance and charm of the period.

Be transported to 17th-century England, through the lesser known vocal works of British luminaries Henry Purcell, Nicholas Lanier and John Blow. Exploring universal sentiments of love and languish, this intimate performance by Ensemble Ancien is attractive to all lovers of music.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Ensemble Ancien


Emilia Bertolini soprano
Alexandra Toussaint-Jackson soprano
Nick Pollock theorbo
Donald Nicolson harpsichord/organ
Lucy Price cello


Henry Purcell
Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

John Blow
Ah Heaven! What Is’t I hear?

Henry Purcell
Two daughters of this ages stream
My dearest, my fairest
She loves and she confesses too
[Prelude] Menuet – A New Ground

John Blow
Quam Diligo

Henry Purcell
O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z.504

Thomas Morley
Thirsis and Miller & She straight her light green silken coats

John Dowland
Pavan ‘Solus Cum Sola’

Henry Purcell
No, No, Resistance is but Vain
O solitude

Nicholas Lanier
No More Shall Meads (Love’s Constancy)

Henry Lawes
A Dialogue on a Kiss


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.