Who Sang Fairest Isle? Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell O Solitude: Songs and Airs cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1994
length: 2:37
soprano vocals: Nancy Argenta
Verse 1
Fair- est Isle, all isles ex- cel- ling, Seat of pleas- sure and of love,
Ve- nus here will choose her dwell- ing And for- sake her Cy- prian grove.
Cu- pid from his fa- v'rite na- tion Care and en- vy will re move;
Jea- lou- sy that pois- nous pass- ion, And des- pair that dies for love.

Verse 2

Gen- tle mur- murs sweet com- plai- ning, Sighs that blow the fire of
love. Soft re- pul- ses, kind dis- dain- ing, Shall be all the
pains you prove. Ev' ry swain shall pay his du- ty Grate- ful
e- v'ry nymph shall prove; And as these ex- cel in beau- ty,
Those shall be re- nowned for love.

CD 1
  • 1 O Solitude
  • 2 Ah! How Sweet It Is To Love
  • 3 Not All My Torments
  • 4 Stripp'd Of Their Green
  • 5 Tell Me, Some Pitying Angel
  • 6 If Music Be The Food Of Love
  • 7 Hark! Hark! The Echoing Air
  • 8 The Fatal Hour Comes On Apace
  • 9 Incassum, Lesbia
  • 10 Sweeter Than Roses
  • 11 Cupid, The Slyest Rogue Alive
  • 12 From Silent Shades
  • 13 Dear Pretty Youth
  • 14 From Rosy Bow'rs
  • 15 Now That The Sun Hath Veil'd His Light
  • 16 Beneath A Poplar's Shadow
  • 17 I Attempt From Love's Sickness To Fly
  • 18 Let Us Dance
  • 19 Fairest Isle
  • 20 O Solitude

  • Release information
    label: Virgin Classics
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: CD
    barcode: 077775932423
    script: Latin