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Handel: Alceste; Comus /Kirkby * Nelson * Kwella * Cable * Elliott * Thomas * AAM * Hogwood [Import]

George Frideric Handel , Christopher Hogwood , The Academy of Ancient Music , Emma Kirkby , Judith Nelson , Margaret Cable , Paul Elliot , David Thomas , Patrizia Kwella Audio CD
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  • Performer: Emma Kirkby, Judith Nelson, Margaret Cable, Paul Elliot, David Thomas, et al.
  • Orchestra: The Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (July 1, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca / L'Oiseau Lyre
  • ASIN: B000001358
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirited and Charming September 24, 2002
Very light and spirited, Alceste sounds almost french in origin - performed on orginal instruments and Paul Elliott's voice is well suited to the piece - Emma Kirkby's Gentle Morpheus is simple dreamy ;-). The most fun Handel disk I own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small-scale, but grand February 10, 2011
Even though I'm not a fan of Händel (or, for that matter, an "Englishness" in any kind of music), I'll call this a Sternstunde - a truly special moment in the recording history of baroque vocal music, and then one that happened - almost impossible to believe - more than 30 years ago. This Decca production seems so very far ahead indeed, with a sound refreshingly clear, an Academy playing tight and slim, and a soloist ensemble which, in all its unity, is simply great - it would be a thing unfair to highlight the single name of worldwide prominence among them. Here you'll find an elegance - that smells, distinctively, of France -, a lightness, a youthfulness even, not normally associated with old Georg Friedrich. And being neither lengthy nor an opera, this work provides a listening experience completely free of tedium. A dark horse to be sure (judging, at least, from the number of reviews in this circus), Hogwood's Alceste can be recommended as a divertissement of the highest order. Compare it either to a feather or a cloud, but don't let yourself ever be deterred by that date of 1979.
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