The Dark is My Delight: anonymous song from The Dutch Courtesan by John Marston (1604)
Mezzo-soprano: Allyson Adair
Keyboard: Joseph Moore
Viol da gamba: David Wilson
From the program notes:
“The Dark is my Delight” is from a play dating 1604, “The Dutch Courtesan”, by satirist John Marston. The play tells the story of two friends, the relaxed, pleasure-loving Freevill and the repressed Puritan Malheureux, and the turbulent relationship that both have with the passionate Dutch courtesan Franceschina. It explores the nature of human desire and the difficulties involved with trying to lead a moral life when sexuality is so fundamentally a part of man’s nature.