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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Technically, the work is called a “semi-opera,” as it was a purcelo of spoken passages and musical ones. 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. This site uses cookies. Music For A While. The English were not ready to embrace full-length grand operas in the French or Italian styles in their own language. Music for a While: In between we have a song which gives the recital its name.

Two recordings from the same team here purxell and very little to choose between them, though the Hyperion sound is slightly faairest. For the most part the authenticity is ensured by habitually good production and responsiveness to text and notes. The programme is well chosen and sensibly ordered. If music be the food of love.


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Shakespeare and English Music. The production was by the Theatre Royal company at Dorset Garden on the Thames at Blackfriars, which had the stage machinery needed for the fast and elaborate special effects and scene changes. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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. Not all the material on this website is in the public domain. Also written in It is also said to have inspired Charles Wesley to write the hymn Love divine, all loves excelling.

Skip to main content. Genre Vocal Music Classical Opera. Consort Music, Comagain Come again sweet love. Henry Purcell’s Most Admirable Composures. Listening to Britten — Purcell: 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. Streams Videos All Posts. Sometimes when an American sings English songs there will be anomalies of pronunciation, especially in vowel-sounds, that stick in English ears, but only a little of that occurs here.


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

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