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O solitude, my sweetest choice!, Z406

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O solitude is a setting of the first and last stanzas (plus half of the third) of the poem La solitude by Antoine Girard de Saint-Amant, translated by Katherine Philips, who was a remarkable literary figure in seventeenth-century Wales and England. Its ground bass is unvarying, yet Purcell’s implied harmonies are exceptionally inventive.

from notes by Richard Boothby © 2019


Britten: Complete Purcell Realizations
CDD220582CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Nyman & Purcell: If & other songs
Studio Master: SIGCD586Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Purcell & Blow: Countertenor duets
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 3
CDA66730Archive Service
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/3Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
The James Bowman Collection
KING3Super-budget price sampler — Archive Service
The Silken Tent
SIGCD826Download only


Track 23 on CDA66730 [5'32] Archive Service
Track 15 on CDD22058 CD1 [6'28] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 3 on CDH55447 [5'44]
Track 23 on CDS44161/3 CD3 [5'32] Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
Track 7 on KING3 [5'41] Super-budget price sampler — Archive Service
Track 15 on SIGCD586 [5'21] Download only
Track 7 on SIGCD826 [5'13] Download only

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