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Purcell: Songs and Airs
     

Purcell: Songs and Airs

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by Nancy Argenta
 
With her sweetly lyrical voice and sparkling diction, soprano Nancy Argenta is one of the foremost interpreters of Baroque vocal music, particularly that of Henry Purcell. This double-disc set combines two Argenta solo albums of Purcell songs and airs: O Solitude and Halcyon Days. Containing 42 tracks and 152 minutes of

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With her sweetly lyrical voice and sparkling diction, soprano Nancy Argenta is one of the foremost interpreters of Baroque vocal music, particularly that of Henry Purcell. This double-disc set combines two Argenta solo albums of Purcell songs and airs: O Solitude and Halcyon Days. Containing 42 tracks and 152 minutes of music, this is an extensive compilation, and it displays Argenta's many wonderful qualities: her broad palette of tone colors, superb technical skill, and sensitive interpretations based on a keen textual understanding. But equal pleasure comes from the wide array of instruments used in the accompanying continuo role (archlute, theorbo, Baroque guitar, viola da gamba, harpsichord, and organs) that combine in various ways to produce a delightful variety of ensemble timbres. An archlute accompanies the opening song, "O Solitude," only to be replaced by a viola da gamba when the song is repeated at disc's end, a striking contrast that gives the piece an especially doleful quality upon its return. On the second disc, several obbligato solo instruments join Argenta -- a pair of recorders, an oboe, and a trumpet in the martial "To Arms, Heroic Prince." But the highlight is the closing aria, the well-known lament from Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas, "When I am Laid in Earth," sung with moving lyricism by Argenta and exquisitely accompanied by an ensemble of strings.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0724356186620
catalogNumber:
61866

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Tracks

  1. O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406
  2. Ah! How sweet it is to love (from "Tyrannic Love"), song, Z. 613/2
  3. Not all my torments can your pity move, song, Z. 400
  4. Stript of their green our groves appear, song, Z. 444
  5. Tell me, some pitying angel, (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), sacred song, for soprano & continuo, Z. 196
  6. If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings)
  7. Hark! now the echoing air (from "The Fairy Queen"), soprano aria and chorus, Z. 629/48
  8. The fatal hour comes on apace, song, Z. 421
  9. Incassum, Lesbia, incassum rogas (The Queen Epicedium), song, Z 383
  10. Sweeter than roses (from "Pausanius"), song, Z. 585/1
  11. Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, song, Z. 367
  12. From silent shades and the Elysian groves (Bess of Bedlam), song, Z. 370
  13. Dear pretty youth (from "The Tempest"), aria, Z. 631/10
  14. From rosir bow'rs (from "Don Quixote"), song, Z. 578/9
  15. Now that the sun hath veiled his light, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 193
  16. Beneath the poplar's shadow (from Sophonisba or Hannibal's Overthrow) Z. 590/1
  17. I attempt from Love's Sickness to Fly (from "The Indian Queen"), Z630/17a
  18. Let Us Dance (from "Prophetess"), aria for soprano, Z. 627/app3
  19. Fairest Isle (from "King Arthur"), aria for soprano, Z. 628/38
  20. O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406
  21. Nymphs and Shepherds (from "The Libertine"), song, Z. 600/1
  22. Amidst the shades and cool and refreshing streams, for soprano & continuo, Z. 355
  23. Love in their little veins inspires (from "Timon of Athens"), aria for soprano, 2 flutes and continuo, Z. 632/3
  24. Fly swift, ye hours, song, Z. 369
  25. They tell us that you mighty powers above (from "The Indian Queen"), soprano aria, Z. 630/19
  26. O let me weep ("The Plaint" from "The Fairy Queen"), aria, Z. 629/40
  27. In the black, dismal dungeon of despair, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 190
  28. See even Night herself is here (from "The Fairy Queen"), soprano aria, Z. 629/11
  29. Why should men quarrel (from "The Indian Queen"), soprano aria, Z. 630/4c-4d
  30. Seek not to know what must not be reveal'd (from "The Indian Queen"), aria, Z. 630/15
  31. Retir'd from any mortal's sight (from "The History of King Richard II"), song, Z. 581/1
  32. To arms, heroic prince, (from "The Libertine"), prelude & song, Z. 600/3
  33. O lead me to some peaceful gloom (from "Bonduca"), song, Z. 574/17
  34. Halcyon days (from "The Tempest"), sopoano aria, Z. 631/15
  35. Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323: No. 7, Bid the virtues
  36. Lord, what is man?, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 192
  37. Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2
  38. If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings)
  39. Sawney is a bonny lad, song, Z. 412
  40. When I have often heard (from "The Fairy Queen"), soprano aria, Z. 629/23
  41. Ah cruel, bloody fate (from "Theodosius"), song, Z. 606/9
  42. Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in Earth (from "Dido and Aeneas"), soprano aria, Z. 626/37

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Purcell: Songs and Airs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this Cd and i am so happy. Nancy Argenta's voice is Clean,Clear and Light! The accompanying musicians are fantastic. And what is great is that you get 2 Cds in one box..being offered at an amazing price. Amazing!! I also picked up her Bach Cantatas another 2 Cd in one box..