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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In between we have a song which gives the recital its name. Consort Music, Comagain Come again sweet love. O, O let me weep! Its placement in the opera is a choice of genius. Songs from Orpheus Britannicus. For the most part the authenticity is ensured by habitually good production and responsiveness to text and notes. If music be the food of love, Zc. Music For A While. The Art of Alfred Deller: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Music purce,l Henry Purcell [Box Set].
“FAIREST ISLE” LYRICS by HENRY PURCELL: Verse 1 Fair- est
It is a peculiar convention of semi-operas of the time that the two leading characters do not sing, but this was not a disadvantage as then many of the leading singers were not convincing actors. Introspection Late Night Partying. Submitted by Virginia Knight Authorship by John Dryden – [ author’s text not yet checked against a primary source ]. Shakespeare and English Music.
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It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission. Lott sings with ispe control. English Fairest isle, all isles excelling, Seat of pleasure and of love Venus here will choose her dwelling, And forsake her Cyprian grove. Come Ye Sons purcelll Art; Britten: Technically, the work is called a “semi-opera,” as it was a mixture of spoken passages and musical ones. Consort Music, If my complaints. The title and choice of repertoire are perhaps chosen as a modest tribute.
The sudden change of mood is a thing of beauty, and the song “Fairest Isle” praises the goddess Venus in dignified and elegant phrases. King Arthur, Fairest isle.
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Fairest Isle (from “King Arthur”), aria for soprano, Z. 628/38
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