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HANDEL, The King's Consort, Robert King

An Ode for St Cecilia's Day

  • Contents:
  • 1. An Ode for St Cecilia’s Day HWV76 [48'45] Overture: Larghetto, e staccato — [1'31]
  • 2. Allegro — [2'00]
  • 3. [Minuet] [1'14]
  • 4. Recitative: From harmony, from heav’nly harmony [0'26]
  • 5. Aria: When Nature underneath a heap [2'53]
  • 6. Chorus: From harmony, from heav’nly harmony [3'35]
  • 7. Aria: What passion cannot Music raise and quell! [7'20]
  • 8. Aria and Chorus: The trumpet’s loud clangour [3'39]
  • 9. March [1'53]
  • 10. Aria: The soft complaining flute [5'09]
  • 11. Aria: Sharp violins proclaim [3'58]
  • 12. Aria: But oh! What art can teach [4'46]
  • 13. Aria: Orpheus could lead the savage race [1'49]
  • 14. Accompagnato: But bright Cecilia rais’d the wonder higher [0'50]
  • 15. Solo and Chorus: As from the pow’r of sacred lays [7'34]
  • Cecilia, volgi un sguardo HWV89 [28'55]
  • 16. Recitative: Cecilia, volgi un sguardo JG [0'32]
  • 17. Aria: La Virtute è un vero nume JG [5'02]
  • 18. Recitative: Tu, armonica Cecilia JG [0'39]
  • 19. Aria: Splenda l’alba in oriente JG [6'08]
  • 20. Recitative: Carco sempre di gloria CS [0'35]
  • 21. Aria: Sei cara, sei bella — CS [3'13]
  • 22. Un puro ardor — CS [2'44]
  • 23. Sei cara CS [3'27]
  • 24. Recitative: È ben degna di lode CS [0'21]
  • 25. Duetto: Tra amplessi innocenti CS, JG [6'08]
  • The King's Consort - orchestra
  • Robert King - conductor
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109.00 PLN

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Nr kat.: SACDA67463
Label  : Hyperion

CD OF THE MONTH / EDITOR'S CHOICE (Gramophone) 'This new recording finds Robert King and his splendid King's Consort on top form and in Carolyn Sampson he has surely found one of the most exquisite voices for this repertoire' (James Jolly, Gramophone) 'This is a mouth-watering performance of Handel's colourfully gorgeous ode...the recording is in a class of its own when it comes to the seemingly effortless, beautiful singing of Carolyn Sampson, now the best British early music soprano by quite some distance...Notwithstanding many agreeable past achievements, King has seldom produced a disc of such outstanding conviction' (Gramophone) For sheer hedonistic delight, few works beat Handel's 1739 Ode for St Cecilia's Day. Dryden's poem in praise of music's powers was a gift to a composer with a genius for the picturesque. 'Handel responded with a string of arias and choruses in his most colourful, sensuous vein. He rarely wrote more ravishing arias than the soprano's sarabande evoking Jubal's lyre (cue for a glorious cello solo), or the serene tribute to the "sacred organ". Carolyn Sampson's limpid tone and graceful phrasing are a prime pleasure in a first-rate performance. Tenor James Gilchrist combines Handelian elegance with muscular bravado in his rollicking "The Trumpet's Loud Clangour". The chorus is crisp and youthful-sounding, and each of the instrumental solos is eloquently done. What gives King the edge over the equally vivid version from Trevor Pinnock (DG Archiv) is the bonus of the rare Italian cantata Cecilia, volgi un sguardo that Handel composed to accompany his earlier Cecilian ode, Alexander's Feast. As an inveterate recycler, he drew liberally on earlier music. But no matter. The results are charming and occasionally, as in the rapt central section of the soprano aria, rather more than that. A delectable disc' (The Daily Telegraph) 'Apart from the contributions of Robert King's ensemble and choir and tenor James Gilchrist, there's one outstanding reason to invest in this pairing of Handel's Ode and the ravishing cantata Cecilia, volgi un sguardo: the soprano Carolyn Sampson' (The Independent) '… a superb recording of a lovable work' (New York Times) 'Robert King once again shows what a masterful Handelian he is. In this repertoire, the ensemble reigns supreme - perfection of pacing, phrasing, overall shape and individual details can all be taken absolutely for granted. The glorious colour in the ode is exceptional' (Early Music Review) 'Robert King's approach allows the full beauty of the music to emerge naturally, a lesson for other early music speed merchants' (Classic FM Magazine)