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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. O Solitude! Z.406aNancy Argenta/Richard Boothby 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tyrannic Love, Z.613: Ah! how sweet it is to loveNancy Argenta/Richard Boothby/Paul Nicholson 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Not all my torments can your pity move, Z.400Nancy Argenta/Nigel North/Paul Nicholson 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Stripp'd of their green, Z.444Nancy Argenta/Nigel North/Richard Boothby/Paul Nicholson 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Tell me, some pitying Angel, Z.196Nancy Argenta/Nigel North/Richard Boothby/Paul Nicholson 7:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. If music be the food of love, Z.379Nancy Argenta/Richard Boothby/Paul Nicholson 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Fairy Queen, Z.629: Hark! the echoing airNancy Argenta/Nigel North/Richard Boothby/Paul Nicholson 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The fatal hour comes on apace, Z.421Nancy Argenta/Nigel North 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. In cassum, Lesbia, Z.383Nancy Argenta/Nigel North/Paul Nicholson 7:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Pausanias, Z.585: Sweeter than rosesNancy Argenta/Nigel North/Richard Boothby 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z.367Nancy Argenta/Nigel North/Richard Boothby/Paul Nicholson 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. From silent shades, Z.370Nancy Argenta/Nigel North/Richard Boothby/Paul Nicholson 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Tempest, Z.631: Dear pretty youthNancy Argenta/Nigel North/Richard Boothby 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. From rosy bow'rs, Z.578Nancy Argenta/Nigel North/Richard Boothby/Paul Nicholson 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z.193Nancy Argenta/Paul Nicholson 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Sophonisba, Z.590: Beneath a poplar's shadowNancy Argenta/Nigel North/Richard Boothby 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I attempt from love's sickness to fly, Z.630Nancy Argenta/Paul Nicholson 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Let us dance, Z.627Nancy Argenta/Nigel North/Robert Woolley/Paul Nicholson 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. King Arthur, Z.628: Fairest isleNancy Argenta/Nigel North 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. O Solitude! Z406Nancy Argenta/Nigel North 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Nymphs and Shepherds, Z.600Nancy Argenta/Nicholas Robinson/Trevor Jones/Nigel North/Richard Boothby 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Amidst the shades and cool refreshing streams, Z.355Nancy Argenta/Nigel North 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Love in their little veins inspires, Z.632Nancy Argenta/Rachel Beckett/Marion Scott/Richard Boothby/Nigel North 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Fly swift, ye hours, Z.369Nancy Argenta/Richard Boothby/Nigel North/John Toll 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Indian Queen, Z.629: They tell us that your mighty powersNancy Argenta/Nicholas Robinson/Fiona Huggett/Trevor Jones/Richard Boothby/Nigel North 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Plaint: O let me weep, Z.629Nancy Argenta/Nicholas Robinson/Richard Boothby/Nigel North/John Toll 8:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. In the black, dismal dungeon of despair, Z.190Nancy Argenta/John Toll 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. See, even Night herself is here, Z.629Nancy Argenta/Nicholas Robinson/Fiona Huggett/Trevor Jones 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Indian Queen, Z.630: Why should men quarrel?Nancy Argenta/Rachel Beckett/Marion Scott/Richard Boothby/John Toll 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Indian Queen, Z.630: Seek not to knowNancy Argenta/Paul Goodwin/Sophia McKenna/Richard Boothby/Nigel North/John Toll 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. King Richard the Second, Z.581: Retir'd from mortals' sightNancy Argenta/Nigel North 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. To arms, heroic Prince, Z.600Nancy Argenta 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Bonduca, Z.574: O lead me to some peaceful gloomNancy Argenta/Richard Boothby/Nigel North/John Toll 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Tempest, Z.631: Halcyon DaysNancy Argenta/Nicholas Robinson/Richard Boothby/Nigel North/John Toll 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Bid the VirtuesNancy Argenta/Paul Goodwin/Richard Boothby/Nigel North/John Toll 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. A Divine Hymn, Z.192: Lord, what is man?Nancy Argenta/Richard Boothby/Nigel North/John Toll 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Oedipus, Z.583: Music for a whileNancy Argenta/John Toll 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. If music be the food of love (1st setting), Z.379Nancy Argenta/Richard Boothby/John Toll 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. A Scotch Song, Z.412: Sawney is a bonny ladNancy Argenta/Nigel North 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. When I have often heard young maids complaining, Z.629Nancy Argenta/Nicholas Robinson/Fiona Huggett/Richard Boothby/Nigel North/John Toll 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Theodosius, Z.606: Ah! Cruel, bloody fateNancy Argenta/Nigel North/John Toll 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Dido and Aeneas, Z.626: Thy hand, Belinda ... When I am laid in earthNancy Argenta/Nicholas Robinson/Fiona Huggett/Trevor Jones/Richard Boothby/Nigel North 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Nancy Argenta, Nigel North, Richard Boothby, Paul Nicholson, John Toll
  • Composer: Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (June 5, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B000059LOH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By JM Olmesdahl on September 19, 2004
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This is probably one of the best anthologies of Purcell songs around, and not just because it's two-for-one pricing means it contains twice as much music (CD1:74'24" & CD2: 77'41")! Nancy Argenta has an irrepressible sense of style and crystal clear diction. But unlike Emma Kirby, whose vocal purity can become tiresome, these renditions radiate warmth. She is also, I have found, more consistently involving than any one of the singers in Hyperion's three disc survey of Complete Secular Songs (recently reissued as a single set). One marvels at how she judiciously balances restraint and emotional forthrightness. The accompaniments (archlute, viola da gamba, harpsichord, and organ) are well judged and blend with the voice, all helped by an excellently defined recording acoustic. This is an absolute winner at any price!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Monkeytown on August 1, 2001
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Two CDs, totaling more than 150 minutes of sparsely-arranged (never more than 3-5 instruments at a time), sweetly-sung, 350 year old 'ayres' (a typically English form of secular music). Nancy Argenta's soprano voice is lovely, silvery indeed as her name implies. The instruments are a discreet but friendly accompaniment to her solo voice. Perhaps the instruments are a little too discreet -- there are times when I wish they were a touch more prominent. But that is a very, very minor complaint. A beautiful collection, and quite well worth the money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By V. FH on October 25, 2006
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There is only a word with which I can describe this set of discs: perfect!

The only flaw there is, is not related to the singing or playing: no text enclosed.
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