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

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The Sound of Alison Balsom

The Sound of Alison Balsom


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


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


King Arthur, Z628: excerpts


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


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


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

Classic Vanguard Recordings


Sumer is icumen in


Come, pretty babe


La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem


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


Matona mia cara


Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'


Now is the month of maying

In Dew of Roses

Parsons, R:



Il est bel et bon


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


Da Te Parto


Erhöre mich, wenn ich rufe, SWV 289


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



To shorten winter's sadness


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


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

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4666762



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The Voice of the Trumpet

The Voice of the Trumpet


Variations on Casta Diva


Over the Rainbow


Malinconia, ninfa gentile


Les filles de Cadix


Povero Ernesto...cercherò lontana terra (from Don Pasquale)

Rolando Villazón (tenor)


The Man I Love

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Erik Truffaz (trumpet)


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

Christophe Dumaux (countertenor)


Barcarolle (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann )

Erik Truffaz (trumpet)


How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

Rodgers, R:

My Favorite Things (from The Sound of Music)

My Funny Valentine


Soirées musicales: La Danza


Kuda, Kuda 'Lensky's Aria' (from Eugene Onegin)


Vedro con mio diletto (from Giustino)

Lucienne Renaudin Vary

Orchestre National de Lille, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

“I’m thrilled to record my first album for Warner Classics, with the freedom to explore music from Baroque to jazz,” said Lucienne. “It was a great honour and privilege to collaborate with artists I admire; notably Erik Truffaz, who improvises in duet with me for a new orchestral arrangement of Gershwin’s Summertime, and Rolando Villazón who suggested we record a Donizetti aria together.” Lucienne and her guest soloists recorded with the Orchestre National de Lille, conducted by Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.

At just 18, Lucienne has a bright future ahead of her and is the first student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris to have ever been accepted on both the classical and jazz course at the same time, and notably also the youngest and first female student to do so.

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Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer 2015 & 2016

Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer 2015 & 2016


La fille au roi Louis

Une jeune fillette


Serenade IV a-moll


Sonata 336

Cavazzoni, M A:

Ave Maris Stella

Lucis creator optime


La Hieronyma

Corrette, G:

La Furstenberg




Toccata II


Fantasia No. 1 in C major, sopra Ut Re Mi Fa So La, FbWV 201


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








Ciaccona in D major

Philidor, A:



Cantate pour le jour de la fête de Saint Louis


Musicalisch Türckischer Eulen-Spiegel: Drei Sonaten

Storace, B:

Balletto (harpsichord)


Concerto TWV 52:a1 in A minor for recorder, viola da gamba, strings & b.c.

Valente, A:



Recorder Concerto in C minor, RV441

Evangelina Mascardi (baroque guitar), Lincoln Almada (percussion), Gustav Auzinger (organ), Carin van Heerden (flute), Michi Gaigg (violin), Johannes Hämmerle (organ), Flavio Ferri-Benedetti (counter-tenor), Shai Kribus (oboe), Alexandra Polin (viola da gamba), Shai Kribus (recorder)

Concerto Stella Matutina, Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer 2015 Audience, Ensemble 392, L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Il Botto Forte, Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer 2016 Audience

The Brunnenthaler summer concerts represent one of the gems of Austria’s early music scene. Founded in 1982 by August Humer, organist and specialist for historic keyboard instruments, this concert series is no longer just an insider tip for the cognoscenti. Every year audiences come from far and wide to the baroque jewel of the little pilgrimage church to hear artists and ensembles, whether established stars such as Michi Gaigg and the L'Orfeo Barockorchester or young groups and soloists.

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Handel & Purcell: Arias & Cantatas

Handel & Purcell: Arias & Cantatas


Auld Lang Syne

Carter, E:

La Musique for solo voice


Overture from Rinaldo, HWV7

Furie terribili (from Rinaldo)

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Jephtha: Farewell, ye limpid springs

Il pianto di Maria: Giunta l'ora fatal HWV 234

Se pietà di me non senti (from Giulio Cesare)

Da tempeste il legno infranto (from Giulio Cesare)


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


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Three Parts upon a Ground in D major - Z731

O let me ever, ever weep (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Sarah Wegener (soprano), Toshinori Ozaki (lute)

Ensemble il capriccio

Sarah Wegener enthralls listeners with the richness and warmth of her voice and approaches every role in a chamber musical way. She regularly works with Kent Nagano, Philippe Herreweghe, Thomas Hengelbrock, Heinz Holliger, Michael Hofstetter and Frieder Bernius. She studied with Professor Jaeger-Bohm in Stuttgart and took part in master classes with Dame Gwyneth Jones and Renee Morloc. + Here, Sarah performs with the Ensemble Il Capriccio arias and cantatas from the baroque era, thematically enhanced with modern compositions. The release documents a concert at the church of the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery in Germany 2015, splendidly recorded and produced by Andreas Otto Grimminger and Josef-Stefan Kindler for their series “Maulbronn Monastery Edition.”

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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


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)


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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Handel: Zadok The Priest

Handel: Zadok The Priest


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'

Classic FM - The Full Works - 4820872

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Handel: Peace & Celebration

Handel: Peace & Celebration


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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