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Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day

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Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - Awards Issue 2004

Label:

Hyperion

Catalogue No:

CDA67463

Discs:

1

Release date:

30th Aug 2004

Barcode:

0034571174631

Medium:

CD

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Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day


Handel:

Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV76

Cecilia, volgi un sguardo HWV89


Carolyn Sampson (soprano) & James Gilchrist (tenor)

Choir of The King’s Consort & The King’s Consort, Robert King

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Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 01a. Overture: Larghetto, & Staccato

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 01b. Overture: Allegro

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 01c. Overture: Minuet

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 02. From Harmony, From Heav'nly Harmony

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 03. When Nature Underneath A Heap

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 04. From Harmony

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 05. What Passion Cannot Music Raise!

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 06. The Trumpet's Loud Clangour

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 07. March

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 08. The Soft Complaining Flute

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 09. Sharp Violins Proclaim

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 10. But Oh! What Art

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 11. Orpheus Could Lead

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 12. But Bright Cecilia Rais'd

Handel: An Ode For St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 - 13. As From The Pow'r

Handel: Cecilia, Volgi Un Sguardo, HWV 89 - 1. Cecilia, Volgi Un Sguardo

Handel: Cecilia, Volgi Un Sguardo, HWV 89 - 2. La Virtute

Handel: Cecilia, Volgi Un Sguardo, HWV 89 - 3. Tu, Armonica Cecilia

Handel: Cecilia, Volgi Un Sguardo, HWV 89 - 4. Splenda L'Alba

Handel: Cecilia, Volgi Un Sguardo, HWV 89 - 5. Carco Sempre Di Gloria

Handel: Cecilia, Volgi Un Sguardo, HWV 89 - 6a. Sei Cara

Handel: Cecilia, Volgi Un Sguardo, HWV 89 - 6b. Un Puro Ardor

Handel: Cecilia, Volgi Un Sguardo, HWV 89 - 6c. Sei Cara

Handel: Cecilia, Volgi Un Sguardo, HWV 89 - 7. È Ben Degna Di Lode

Handel: Cecilia, Volgi Un Sguardo, HWV 89 - 8. Tra Amplessi Innocenti

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“This completes the series of recordings exploring the smaller works Handel inserted into his glorious setting of Dryden's Alexander's Feast. Robert King has previously recorded The Choice of Hercules, which was created for the 1751 revival. The tenor cantata Look down, harmonious Saint was intended as the interlude for the original run in 1736, but was rejected in favour of Cecilia, volgi un sguardo.
It's a splendid idea to pair this seldom-heard Italian cantata with Dryden's sublime Ode for StCecilia's Day that Handel created to fulfil the same function three years later.
This is a mouth-watering performance of Handel's colourfully gorgeous ode. 'The trumpets' loud clangour' features Crispian Steele-Perkins on fine form, flautist Rachel Brown enchants in 'The soft complaining flute', and Jonathan Cohen's cello solo in 'What passion cannot Music raise and quell!' is sweetly inspired. The King's Consort and Choir perform with perfect juxtaposition of flamboyance and taste. James Gilchrist sings with authority: he's a Handel tenor of the highest order.
This 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.
She's sensitively partnered by organist Matthew Halls in the sublime 'But oh! what art can teach', which has a breathtaking poignancy. Notwithstanding many agreeable past achievements, King has seldom produced a disc of such outstanding conviction.”

Gramophone Magazine

“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”

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“This first instalment of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's ambitious series of 10 Naxos Quartets indicates that it's shaping up to be quite a journey.
The septuagenarian composer rises superbly to the technical challenges of the medium. The first two movements of the First Quartet evince a formal strength, expressive scope and thematic ingenuity that launch the cycle in sure-footed fashion; both attain a dramatic and emotional resolution in some arresting unison writing.
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There are four movements in the Second Quartet, the second and third of which comprise a self-contained diptych (and the former's recitative first half harks back to No-1's Largo centrepiece).
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The Magginis are most accurate and cogent guides, realistically recorded within the sympathetic acoustic of Potton Hall in Suffolk. A most rewarding coupling.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“…these first two quartets certainly have a real sense of compulsion and creative urgency about their invention. …the Maggini Quartet sustains both with huge assurance; neither is easy to play technically, but every detail is there…” BBC Music Magazine, November 2004 ****

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