Handel: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'

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Aksel!

Aksel!

Arias by Bach, Handel & Mozart


Bach, J S:

Bist du bei mir, BWV508

Cantata BWV51 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen': Aria

Cantata BWV68 'Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt: Mein glaubiges Herze

Cantata BWV205 'Zerreißet. Zersprenge, zertrümmert die Gruft': Angenehmer Zephyrus (soprano aria)

St John Passion, BWV245: Ich folge dir gleichfalls

Handel:

Happy, oh thrice happy we (from Joshua)

Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Joshua: Oh! had I Jubal's lyre

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'

Messiah: How beautiful are the feet

Messiah: Thou art gone up on high

Barbara! io ben lo so (from Alcina)

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Chi m'insegna il caro padre? (from Alcina)

Mozart:

Voi che sapete (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Exsultate, jubilate, K165 - Alleluia


Read Katherine's exclusive interview with Aksel Rykkvin here.

Aksel Rykkvin is a Norwegian treble of astonishing talent, combining a rare musicality with a beautifully resonant voice. For his exuberant debut recording—featuring works by Mozart, Handel and JS Bach—he is accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Nigel Short.

“This disc is packed full of confident, musical singing...the pungent style in the Handel arias, also written for women, seems to be copied from the early-music sopranos of today, which gives the disc a rather postmodern feel.” The Guardian, 7th August 2016 ***

“Rykkvin certainly has a precocious musical sensibility, which coupled with his clear tones should make him a star… His technique is excellent, with particularly fluent coloratura.” Opera Now

“Exceptionally polished performances … mightily impressive vocal control from the 13 year old Norwegian treble. The arias are well chosen.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 ****

“Rykkvin is truly phenomenal. Not only has nature and thorough training given him a voice that is crystal clear, perfectly pitched and heavenly beautiful, but also a technique that allows him to do whatever he wants, coloratura and impeccable runs for instance. On top of all this he is a sensitive interpreter who appears to understand the songs and arias he performs … I am running out of superlatives.” MusicWeb International, 31st October 2016

“Rykkvin is certainly a treble worth preserving – a mature, musical performer whose unbroken voice offers a fascinating alternative take on much of the familiar repertoire recorded here … The music here is carefully chosen – not just textually but musically appropriate for so young a performer.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

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Alison Balsom: Sound The Trumpet

Alison Balsom: Sound The Trumpet

Royal Music of Purcell and Handel


Handel:

Atalanta: Overture

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'

Iestyn Davies (countertenor)

Sento la gioia (Amadigi)

Trumpet Concerto in B flat major (trans. from Oboe Concerto No. 1, HWV 301)

Water Piece in D

Purcell:

King Arthur, Z628: excerpts

Suite from the Fairy Queen

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

Iestyn Davies (countertenor)

Plainte - O, Let Me Weep (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Lucy Crowe (soprano)


In the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, Alison Balsom celebrates the heroic era of the Baroque trumpet in works by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and Henry Purcell (1658 or 1659-1695), whose anthems, odes, sinfonias and operas have provided the music for numerous royal celebrations from their own day to the present.

Joining forces with Trevor Pinnock, harpsichordist, conductor and pioneer of historical performance, and with the English Concert orchestra that he founded, Balsom demonstrates the versatility and expressive power of her valve-less instrument in original works and new arrangements. These include Purcell’s Sound the trumpet and Handel’s Eternal Source of light divine in duet with countertenor Iestyn Davies and Purcell’s The Plaint from The Fairy Queen in duet with soprano Lucy Crowe. Further repertoire includes suites from Purcell’s semi-operas King Arthur (1691) and The Fairy Queen (1692) in new arrangements by Balsom and Pinnock, Handel’s Water Piece in D Major HWV 341 and his Oboe Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major HWV 301 transposed into C Major.

Alison Balsom is one of today’s most popular classical musicians. Having managed to break through to the mainstream without abandoning her musical integrity, she continues to draw ever-wider audiences for her performances and recordings of diverse repertoire.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“For historical accuracy, she plays the valve-less “natural” trumpet: it really does appear to offer a more direct access to the human voice, a quality confirmed when she duets with countertenor Iestyn Davies” The Independent, 13th October 2012 ****

“The music is glorious; so is Balsom’s artistry as she weaves a flawless path alongside Trevor Pinnock’s English Concert” The Times, 19th October 2012 ***

“when the instrument is played as fluidly agreeably as it is here, nobody could doubt that it is the right tool for the job...And it all works. This is rattling good music, and so easily does the trumpet fit into it that often it is hard to recall what the original scorings were anyway. Balsom, too, sounds utterly at home...and [is] wonderfully backed by the English Concert and the bright natural musicianship of Trevor Pinnock” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

“Her distinctive tone remains clearly recognisable, despite the instrument's limitations. The timbre is sweeter, less aggressively strident than that of the modern trumpet, and she’s paired with Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert, providing crisp, bouncy support.” The Arts Desk, 1st December 2012

“Up at the top of her range, or down below, fast or slow, she is in superb control and form...the lightness of the string accompaniments, the calm attention to springy rhythms, the unobtrusive sensitivity of the phrasing, all done without exaggerated emphasis or anachronistic flamboyance, are a sheer delight...[Pinnock] is surely a national treasure” International Record Review, December 2012

“This charming disc contains some of the most imaginative and polished trumpet playing you're ever likely to hear...Born-again authenticists may cavil at Balsom's vented trumpet, a modern development aiding intonation. But her flexible tuning, scrupulously focused to blend with the harmony, is a relief from the compromised tuning needed to play certain notes on true 18th-century instruments.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 *****

“the music-making is a joy from beginning to end. Alison Balsom’s playing is stunning. The tone and intonation are fabulous; the lip trills, ornaments and runs simply staggering. How she achieves this level of technical assurance on an instrument without valves is remarkable...Crowe’s rendition of The Plaint from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen is sensitively and beautifully sung and it’s obvious that there’s an equal musical partnership captured here” MusicWeb International, April 2013

“the easy rapport between soloist and band is evident from every bar of every work...One of the great pleasures of this disc is the seamless and apparently effortless blend of trumpet and each voice: Alison colours her timbre to take on almost crumhorn-ish tones when duetting with Crowe, whilst there’s plenty of ‘front’ and metal in the sound when she joins Davies for the more vigorous Purcell.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 8th October 2012

“One of the disc’s chief merits is the skill with which Balsom demonstrates the versatility of natural trumpets, reminding us that they are capable of a wide range of colours.” Early Music Today ****

Presto Disc of the Week

8th October 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2012

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The Art Of Alfred Deller

The Art Of Alfred Deller

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anon.:

Sumer is icumen in

Byrd:

Come, pretty babe

Despres:

La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem

Handel:

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'

Lasso:

Matona mia cara

Monteverdi:

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

Morley:

Now is the month of maying

In Dew of Roses

Parsons, R:

Pandolpho

Passereau:

Il est bel et bon

Purcell:

Music for a while, Z583

I attempt from love's sickness to fly in vain (from The Indian Queen)

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

One charming night (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Mystery’s Song (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

If music be the food of love, Z379

Saracini:

Da Te Parto

Schütz:

Erhöre mich, wenn ich rufe, SWV 289

trad.:

The Three Ravens

The Cuckoo

Barbara Allen

Hey, Ho, the Wind and the Rain

I will give my love an apple

The Oak and the ash (A north country lass)

King Henry

Greensleeves

Weelkes:

To shorten winter's sadness

Wilbye:

Thus Saith My Cloris Bright


Alfred Deller, Desmond Dupré (lute), Walter Bergman (harpsichord), Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)

The Deller Consort, Oriana Concert Choir and Orchestra, Ensemble of Baroque Instruments, Leonhardt Baroque Ensemble

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Handel: Coronation Anthems

Handel: Coronation Anthems


Handel:

Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'


“Willcocks's famous (1960) recording of these four anthems sounds much better on CD than it ever did on LP and is greatly enjoyable, especially Zadok the Priest.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Handel: Zadok The Priest

Handel: Zadok The Priest


Handel:

Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest'

Ode for St Cecilia's Day: The trumpet's loud clangor

Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Semele: Where'er you walk

Jephtha: Waft her, angels, through the skies

O ruddier than the Cherry (from Acis and Galatea)

Dixit Dominus, HWV 232: Dixit Dominus

Solomon: May no rash intruder

Judas Maccabaeus: Arm, arm ye brave

Judas Maccabaeus: See, the conqu'ring hero comes!

Judas Maccabaeus: March

Judas Maccabaeus: Sing unto God

Israel in Egypt: Moses & the children of Israel

Coronation Anthem No. 3, HWV260 'The King Shall Rejoice'


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Handel: Peace & Celebration

Handel: Peace & Celebration


Handel:

Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 2 in B flat major, HWV313

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'

Alex Potter (countertenor)

Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4


Recorded live at a concert at St John’s Smith Square, London this recording of famous works by Handel celebrates the 300th anniversary of the accession of George I, the first of the Hanoverian monarchs in 1714.

“it is testimony to the quality of the EUBO and its Danish director: Mortensen’s command of the idiom is second to none.” Financial Times, 5th April 2014 ***

“Clare College Choir are excellent in every technical respect and there's no hint of posturing clichés: their exclamations of 'God save the King!' during 'Zadok the Priest' seem more like a statement of confident hope than mere bombast...Mortensen comes into his own in the contrasting middle sections (of the Coronation Anthems).” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

“Potter's sensitive, accomplished singing and the skilful playing of this extraordinary pan-European orchestra are the real strengths of the recording...EUBO gives an infectiously joyful performance of the irresistable Concerto grosso Op. 3 No. 2” International Record Review, May 2014

“The Coronation Anthems come over pretty well. The Clare College Choir is homogenous and mainly assured, though the technical balance does not always allow the voices to shine through the instrumental textures...Notwithstanding reservations, there is still much to enjoy in performances which are lively, styish and affectionate.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 ***

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2014

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Your Tuneful Voice: Handel Oratorio Arias

Your Tuneful Voice: Handel Oratorio Arias


Handel:

Belshazzar: Oh sacred oracles of truth

The Triumph of Time and Truth: Mortals think that Time is sleeping

Esther: Tune your harps to cheerful strains

Alexander Balus: Mighty love now calls to arms

Jephtha: Overture

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'

Solomon: Welcome as the dawn of day

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

Your tuneful voice (from Semele)

The Choice of Hercules: Yet can I hear that dulcet lay

Jephtha: Up the dreadful steep ascending

Samson - Overture

Israel in Egypt: Thou shalt bring them in

Esther: Who calls my parting soul

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

The Triumph of Time and Truth: On the valleys, dark and cheerless

Esther: How can I stay, when love invites?


Acclaimed countertenor Iestyn Davies and The King’s Consort perform an outstanding programme of Handel arias from some of the composer’s finest oratorios.

Eleven varied solo arias include ‘O sacred oracles of truth’, the delicate ‘Tune your harps’, ‘Eternal source of light’ (with supreme trumpet playing from Crispian Steele-Perkins), the melodious ‘Your tuneful voice’ and the virtuoso ‘Mighty love now calls to arm’, as well as rarities including ‘On the valleys, dark and cheerless’ and an especial jewel, ‘Mortals think that Time is sleeping’.

Iestyn is joined in two glorious duets by soprano Carolyn Sampson, including the ecstatic ‘Welcome as the dawn of day’ and the ghostly ‘Who calls my parting soul from death’.

Recorded in the well-nigh perfect acoustic of Menuhin Hall with a large and colourful orchestra, who also contribute two splendid overtures.

36 page booklet with authoritative liner note (in three languages) by renowned Handel scholar Prof. Donald Burrows, together with full texts, and 16 photos from the recordings.

“Davies is in his prime of vocal flexibility, and authoritative in modes both pious (‘O sacred oracles of truth’) and warlike (‘Mighty love now calls to arm’). Two cameos from Carolyn Sampson are, naturally, ravishing.” Early Music Today

“Davies's quick coloratura is dazzling in the final aria, 'How can I stay when love invites?'” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“Davies's phrasing is to be admired, spanning as it does long lines of breath control.” International Record Review, March 2014

“a first class anthology of Handel arias. The singing of Iestyn Davies is a delight from start to finish and he receives ideal support from Robert King and his players.” MusicWeb International, 12th February 2014

“[the slow arias] allow us to appreciate Davies's extraordinary evenness of tone, his immaculate breath control and the rapt subtlety of his phrasing...the handful of virtuoso arias are delivered with terrific panache and a bravura technique that is second to none. The King's Consort under Robert King are dark-toned and admirably sensual throughout.” The Guardian, 13th February 2014 ****

“Iestyn Davies brings a grace and calm entirely appropriate to these Handel arias...Throughout, Davies’ control is remarkable.” The Independent, 8th February 2014 ****

“he cherishes the words while negotiating the technical hurdles with amazing fluency and consistency of timbre...Davies’s definition of the varying moods in these arias is of an absorbing order, matched as it also is by the King’s Consort’s judicious range of colour in the orchestral accompaniments on a disc that highlights a countertenor voice in its prime.” The Telegraph, 6th February 2014 ****

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The Sound of Alison Balsom

The Sound of Alison Balsom


Albinoni:

Sonata da Chiesa in D minor

Bach, J S:

Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV1008: Sarabande

Keyboard Concerto in D major (after Vivaldi), BWV972

Aria Variata in A minor, BWV989 ‘alla Maniera Italiana'

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV1067: Badinerie

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041: II. Andante

Handel:

Al lampo dell' armi (from Giulio Cesare)

Amadigi di Gaula: Sinfonia

Atalanta: Overture

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'

Sento la gioia (Amadigi)

Marcello, B:

Oboe Concerto in C minor

Purcell:

King Arthur, Z628: excerpts

Torelli:

Trumpet Concerto in D major


Alison Balsom (trumpet)

Among the most exciting classical musicians of our time, Alison Balsom was first inspired by Dizzy Gillespie to become a virtuosic trumpet soloist. 'I've spent my whole life trying to show how versatile the trumpet can be,' she says. 'It's only limited by your imagination.' In this selection from her award-winning albums, she plays gems from the Baroque repertoire on both natural and valved instruments.

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Handel: Dixit Dominus, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne & Zadok the Priest

Handel: Dixit Dominus, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne & Zadok the Priest


Handel:

Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest'

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'

Dixit Dominus, HWV 232

Israel in Egypt, HWV54: The Lord Shall Reign

Bonus Track

Processional: Batteries de timballes (J.D. Philidor)/God Save the King! (from Zadok the Priest, G.F. Handel)


Jeannette Sorrell (harpsichord & conductor)

Apollo’s Fire

Apollo's Fire under founder-director Jeannette Sorrell showcases its chorus in a selection of works by Handel, including Dixit Dominus, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, and Zadok the Priest.

Apollo's Fire with founder-director Jeannette Sorrell has won widespread critical acclaim with their half-dozen releases on AVIE. Most recently they released two adventurous albums that explored the byways of historically informed performance practice: early Americana on Come to the River (AV2205) and ancient Celtic Christmas music on Sacrum Mysterium (AV2269). Returning to their baroque roots, they offer a selection of works by Handel that showcases the Apollo's Fire Chorus. The centrepiece of the album is the grand Dixit Dominus written during the composer's early days in Rome. In a gesture to Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee year, Sorrell has chosen two works written for the monarch's forbearers - the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne which celebrated that sovereign's birthday in 1713, and Zadok the Priest composed for the coronation of King George II in 1727. As a bonus, Sorrell includes "The Lord Shall Reign" from the epic Israel in Egypt.

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Handel: Coronation Anthems

Handel: Coronation Anthems


Handel:

Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4

Choir Of Winchester Cathedral, The Brandenburg Consort, David Hill

Foundling Hospital Anthem

Charles Brett, John Elwee, Gillian Fisher, Libby Crabtree

Choir Of Winchester Cathedral, The Brandenburg Consort, David Hill

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'

Judith Nelson, Shirley Minty, James Bowman, David Thomas

Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, The Academy of Ancient Music, Simon Preston

Utrecht Te Deum, HWV278

Emma Kirkby, Judith Nelson, Charles Brett, Rogers Covey-Crump, Paul Elliott

Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, The Academy of Ancient Music, Simon Preston

Utrecht Jubilate, HWV279

Emma Kirkby, Judith Nelson, Charles Brett, Rogers Covey-Crump, Paul Elliott

Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, The Academy of Ancient Music, Simon Preston


“A wonderful feast of familiar and less familiar Handel. Simon Preston and David Hill draw radiant sounds from the Oxford and Winchester choirs.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 ****

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