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Purcell: Songs And Airs / Nancy Argenta


Release Date: 06/05/2001 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 61866   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Richard BoothbyNancy ArgentaNigel NorthJohn Toll,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z 406 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1687; England 
Language: English 
2.
The fatal hour comes on apace, Z 421 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Nigel North (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Language: English 
3.
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628: Fairest Isle by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Nigel North (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Language: English 
4.
History of King Richard II, Z 581: Retir'd from any mortal's sight by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Nigel North (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1681; England 
Language: English 
5.
Amidst the shades and cool refreshing streams, Z 355 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Nigel North (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1687; England 
Language: English 
6.
Theodosius, Z 606: Ah cruel, bloody fate by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Toll (Harpsichord), Nigel North (Theorbo), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Language: English 
7.
Not all my torments can your pity move, Z 400 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nigel North (Archlute), Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Language: English 
8.
Stript of their green our groves appear, Z 444 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nancy Argenta (Soprano),
Nigel North (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1692; England 
Language: English 
9.
Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Nigel North (Archlute),
Paul Nicholson (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1693; England 
Language: English 
10.
If music be the food of love, Z 379 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692-1695; England 
Language: English 
11.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Hark! The echoing air by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord),
Nigel North (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Language: English 
12.
Incassum, Lesbia, rogas, Z 383 "Queen's Epicedium" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Organ), Nigel North (Archlute), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1695; England 
Language: Latin 
13.
Sweeter than roses, Z 585 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nigel North (Archlute), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: By 1696; England 
Language: English 
14.
Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z 367 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nigel North (Archlute), Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord),
Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1685; England 
Language: English 
15.
From silent shades, Z 370 "Bess of Bedlam" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord),
Nigel North (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; England 
Language: English 
16.
Tempest, Z 631 "Enchanted Island": Dear pretty youth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nigel North (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1695; England 
Language: English 
17.
Don Quixote, Z 578: From rosie bow'rs by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nigel North (Guitar),
Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694-1695; England 
Language: English 
18.
Fly swift, ye hours, Z 369 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nigel North (Archlute), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), John Toll (Harpsichord),
Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1692; England 
Language: English 
19.
Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z 193 "Evening Hymn on a Ground" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Organ), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; England 
Language: English 
20.
Indian Queen, Z 630: I attempt from Love's sickness to fly by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
21.
Oedipus, Z 583: Music for a while by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Toll (Harpsichord), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Language: English 
22.
In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z 190 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), John Toll (Organ), Nigel North (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; England 
Language: English 
23.
Sawney is a bonny lad, Z 412 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nigel North (Guitar), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1694; England 
Language: English 
24.
Sophonisba, Z 590: Beneath a poplar's shadow by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nigel North (Archlute), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1685; England 
Language: English 
25.
Prophetess, Z 627: Let us dance, let us sing by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Nigel North (Guitar),
Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; England 
Language: English 
26.
Bonduca, Z 574: O lead me to some peaceful gloom by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), John Toll (Harpsichord), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba),
Nigel North (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
27.
Lord, what is man?, Z 192 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Toll (Organ), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nigel North (Archlute),
Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1693; England 
Language: English 
28.
If music be the food of love, Z 379: 1st setting by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Toll (Harpsichord), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692-1695; England 
Language: English 
29.
Libertine, Z 600: Nymphs and shepherds, come away by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Viola), Nicholas Robinson (Violin),
Nigel North (Guitar), John Toll (Harpsichord), Nancy Argenta (Soprano),
Fiona Huggett (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Language: English 
30.
Indian Queen, Z 630: They tell us that your mighty powers by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Fiona Huggett (Violin), Nicholas Robinson (Violin), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Viola),
Nigel North (Theorbo), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), John Toll (Harpsichord),
Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
31.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: When I have often heard young maids by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nigel North (Guitar), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nancy Argenta (Soprano),
John Toll (Harpsichord), Nicholas Robinson (Violin), Fiona Huggett (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Language: English 
32.
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Fiona Huggett (Violin), Nicholas Robinson (Violin), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba),
Nigel North (Archlute), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Viola)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
Language: English 
33.
Timon of Athens, Z 632: Love in their little veins by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nigel North (Archlute), Marion Scott (Recorder), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba),
Rachel Beckett (Recorder), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
Language: English 
34.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Oh, oh, let me weep "The Plaint" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nigel North (Archlute), John Toll (Harpsichord), Pauline Nobes (Violin),
Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Language: English 
35.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: See, even night herself is here by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nicholas Robinson (Violin), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Fiona Huggett (Violin),
Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Viola)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Language: English 
36.
Indian Queen, Z 630: Why should men quarrel? by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), John Toll (Harpsichord), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba),
Marion Scott (Recorder), Rachel Beckett (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
37.
Indian Queen, Z 630: Seek not to know by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Sophia McKenna (Oboe), Nigel North (Archlute), John Toll (Harpsichord),
Paul Goodwin (Oboe), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Language: English 
38.
Libertine, Z 600: To arms, heroic Prince by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Toll (Harpsichord), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba),
Mark Bennett (Trumpet), Nigel North (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Language: English 
39.
Tempest, Z 631 "Enchanted Island": Halcyon days by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Pauline Nobes (Violin), Paul Goodwin (Oboe),
John Toll (Harpsichord), Nigel North (Archlute), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1695; England 
Language: English 
40.
Bid the virtues by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nigel North (Theorbo), Paul Goodwin (Oboe), John Toll (Organ),
Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Language: English 
41.
Ah! how pleasant 'tis to love, Z 353 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1688; England 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

O Solitude! Z.406a
Tyrannic Love, Z.613: Ah! how sweet it is to love
Not all my torments can your pity move, Z.400
Stripp'd of their green, Z.444
Tell me, some pitying Angel, Z.196
If music be the food of love, Z.379
The Fairy Queen, Z.629: Hark! the echoing air
The fatal hour comes on apace, Z.421
In cassum, Lesbia, Z.383
Pausanias, Z.585: Sweeter than roses
Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z.367
From silent shades, Z.370
The Tempest, Z.631: Dear pretty youth
From rosy bow'rs, Z.578
Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z.193
Sophonisba, Z.590: Beneath a poplar's shadow
I attempt from love's sickness to fly, Z.630
Let us dance, Z.627
King Arthur, Z.628: Fairest isle
O Solitude! Z406
Nymphs and Shepherds, Z.600
Amidst the shades and cool refreshing streams, Z.355
Love in their little veins inspires, Z.632
Fly swift, ye hours, Z.369
The Indian Queen, Z.629: They tell us that your mighty powers
The Plaint: O let me weep, Z.629
In the black, dismal dungeon of despair, Z.190
See, even Night herself is here, Z.629
The Indian Queen, Z.630: Why should men quarrel?
The Indian Queen, Z.630: Seek not to know
King Richard the Second, Z.581: Retir'd from mortals' sight
To arms, heroic Prince, Z.600
Bonduca, Z.574: O lead me to some peaceful gloom
The Tempest, Z.631: Halcyon Days
Bid the Virtues
A Divine Hymn, Z.192: Lord, what is man?
Oedipus, Z.583: Music for a while
If music be the food of love (1st setting), Z.379
A Scotch Song, Z.412: Sawney is a bonny lad
When I have often heard young maids complaining, Z.629
Theodosius, Z.606: Ah! Cruel, bloody fate
Dido and Aeneas, Z.626: Thy hand, Belinda ... When I am laid in earth

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