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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; also available on CDS44161/3
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
The James Bowman Collection
KING3Super-budget price sampler — Archive Service
The Silken Tent
SIGCD826Download only


Track 23 on CDA66730 [5'32] Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
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] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD586 track 15

Recording date
31 May 2018
Recording venue
St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nicholas Parker
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Nyman & Purcell: If & other songs (SIGCD586)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: March 2019
    Download only
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