English song from Dowland to Purcell is a field worthy of any singer’s cultivation, yet remarkably few except our own native-bred early music specialists care to. Soprano. Piano. S. Pno. Fai rest-. Isle, all isles ex cel- ling,. -. Seat of plea sures. – . 8. S. Pno. and of loves,. Ve nus,- here, will choose her dwel ling,. – and for-. Fairest isle, Z/38 (from King Arthur) – Purcell realization for high or medium voice and piano (pre 21 November , Britten aged 32).

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Fairest Isle (from “King Arthur”), aria for soprano, Z. 628/38

Occasionally there does seem to be something of this: Genre Vocal Music Classical Opera. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information. Music for a While: Notify me of new comments via email. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The title and choice of repertoire are perhaps chosen as a modest tribute. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript.

Skip to main content. Fairest Isle therefore becomes a passionate utterance, and although the specification is for high or medium voice and piano, it seems to work best with a soprano.


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Ev’ry swain shall pay his duty, Grateful ev’ry nymph shall prove; And as these excel in beauty, Those shall be renown’d for love. Each scene is full of action, be it ritual, pageantry, battle, or scenes of magic, and all the music flows directly from the action in a convincing manner. English Fairest isle, all isles excelling, Seat of pleasure and of love Venus here will choose her dwelling, And forsake her Cyprian grove.

Introspection Late Night Partying. Lieder von Henry Purcell. The dramatic crux of the story is Arthur’s wooing of the blind Queen Emmeline.

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Barbara Bonney has the freshness of style and purity of voice to make an apt contribution, one that can with fair confidence be expected to bring no overload of personality and yet have something personal to add, and to have also at command reserves of feeling that will not spill over or cloy.

If music be the food of love, Zc. Gentle murmurs, sweet complaining, Sighs that blow the fire of love Soft repulses, kind pucrell, Shall be all the pains you prove. Purcell Fairest Isle A delightful programme of early English music in which Barbara Bonney takes on the natives with convincing ease Iele record and artist details Record and Artist Details.


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Purcell Fairest Isle

Your gift is greatly appreciated. The “operatic” hit of the last decade of the seventeenth century in London was the work of a composer already being acknowledged England’s best ever and the poet John Dryden who then and now is considered the best of his century.

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Dido and Aeneas, Thy hand, Belinda. The Art of Alfred Deller: The “fairest isle” of the title is not, by the way, Britain, but Venus’ birthplace, Cyprus. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. That means the brightness of the ispe comes through fully.

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