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

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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'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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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

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2012

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Let The Bright Seraphim

Let The Bright Seraphim


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV51 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen'

Handel:

Judas Maccabaeus: March

Floridante: Sinfonia

Deidamia: Lentement

March (Scipione, Act I)

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

Water Music: Air & Hornpipe

Water Music: Overture

Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Scarlatti, A:

Cantata 'Su le sponde del Tebro'

Telemann:

Concerto TWV 51:D7 in D major for trumpet, strings & b.c.

Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet)


Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)

The Armonico Consort, Christopher Monks

The Armonico Consort return to disc on Signum (following their highly-regarded Naked Byrd CD series) with a new disc celebrating the glorious combination of soprano and trumpet in baroque music – featuring the soaring talents of Elin Manahan Thomas and Crispian Steele-Perkins.

Widely-praised for their imaginative and inventive programming, this disc features works by JS Bach (Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen), GP Telemann (Trumpet Concerto in D major), Alessandro Scarlatti (Su le sponde del Tebro) and a special compilation of works by Handel devised by Crispian Steele-Perkins.

“The tone is immediately set by Crispian Steele-Perkins' trilling trumpet on Bach's "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", which also features quite thrilling counterpoints between him and soprano Elin Manahan Thomas...[The Scarlatti's] most affecting passage is "Infelici miei lumi", where Thomas's heartbreaking vocal is borne on a haunting meniscus of strings.” The Independent, 28th July 2012 ****

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Handel - Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne

Handel - Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne


Handel:

Dixit Dominus, HWV 232

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


Hélène Guilmette (soprano), Andreas Scholl (countertenor), Malcolm E.Bennet, (tenor) & Andreas Wolf (bass)

Vocalconsort Berlin & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Marcus Creed

Composed to celebrate the birthday of Queen Anne of England, this Ode was subtitled 'Ode for the Peace' in reference to the Treaty of Utrecht which the monarch was about to sign, marking the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. Six years earlier, the 22-year-old composer exploited in his sacred music what he had just learnt from Italian opera: the result was the powerful, intensely passionate Dixit Dominus. For almost fifteen years,Andreas Scholl has consistently collected the top international awards for his many solo and ensemble recordings (Diapason d'Or in 1996 and Gramophone Award for Vivaldi's Stabat Mater [see our special box sets!]; another Gramophone Award and Diapason d'Or for Caldara's Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo, under the direction of Rene Jacobs, and Singer of the Year Award at the Classical Brits in 2006. He now appears in the world's foremost concert halls and festivals. He has worked with the finest orchestras, and with such conductors as Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs,William Christie, Chiara Banchini, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Christophe Rousset, and Paul McCreesh. In 1998, his operatic debut at Glyndebourne in Handel's Rodelinda (Bertarido) won unprecedented praise from the British press. He made his debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in this role in 2006.

“The unbridled spontaneity of Handel's music… is nowhere more evident than in Dixit Dominus… this is music unsurpassed in his maturity. The 21 voices of the Berlin choir sing with clarity, verve and, in the Gloria, dazzling fast runs - and there's no holding back as the tempo increases... Of the soloists, Andreas Scholl is outstanding...” BBC Music Magazine, December 2009

“Handel composed Dixit Dominus in Rome in April 1707 shortly after he had turned 22. Creed commands astonishing power and precision, immaculate choral attack and blend (the concluding "Gloria" is fantastically colourful yet disciplined), and lively playing from his Berliners. There is compelling momentum in the dramatic opening and extrovert movements, and gentle beauty from the strings in "De torrente"...” Gramophone Magazine, November 2009

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The Art Of Alfred Deller

The Art Of Alfred Deller

Classic Vanguard Recordings


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'


GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2001

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Handel - Vocal Works

Handel - Vocal Works


Handel:

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

Blessed are they that considereth the poor - anthem for the Foundling Hospital HWV268

Utrecht Te Deum, HWV278

Utrecht Jubilate, HWV279

Alceste - incidental music HWV45


“[In the Alceste excerpts] Hogwood draws lively, sympathetic performances from his team...Preston directs performances which are characteristically alert and vigorous, particularly impressive in the superb Glory be to the Father with its massive eight-part chords.” Penguin Guide, 2010 ***

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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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