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Disc 1:

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listen  1. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 1: Ouverture (Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 1) 6:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 2: Accompagnato - Hence, loathed Melancholy (L'Allegro: Tenor) 1:53$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 3: Accompagnato - Hence, vain deluding joys (Il Penseroso) 1:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 4: Air - Come, thou Goddess fair and free (L'Allegro) 1:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 5: Air - Come rather, Goddess, sage and holy (Il Penseroso: Soprano) 3:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 6: Air - Haste thee, nymph (L'Allegro: Tenor, Chorus) 2:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 7: Air - Come and trip it (Tenor, Chorus) 2:30$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 8: Accompagnato - Come, pensive Nun (Il Penseroso: Soprano) 1:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 9: Arioso - Come, but keep thy wonted state (Soprano) 1:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 10: Accompagnato - There, held in holy passion still (Soprano); Arioso - Join with thee (Soprano, Chorus) 3:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 11: Recitative - Hence, loathed Melancholy (L'Allegro: Tenor, Soprano)0:41$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 12: Air - Mirth, admit me of thy crew (Soprano) 3:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 13: Accompagnato - First and chief, on golden wing (Il Penseroso: Soprano)0:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 14: Air - Sweet bird (Soprano)10:41Album Only
listen15. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 15: Recitative - If I give thee honour due (L'Allegro: Bass)0:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 16: Air - Mirth, admit me of thy crew (Bass) 2:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 17: Air - Oft, on a plat of rising ground (Il Penseroso: Soprano) 2:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 18: Air - Far from all resort of mirth (Soprano) 2:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 19: Recitative - If I give thee honour due (L'Allegro: Tenor)0:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 20: Air - Let me wander not unseen (Tenor) 1:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 21: Air - Straight mine eye (Soprano) 1:51$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 22: Accompagnato - Mountains, on whose barren breast (Bass) 1:53$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part I, No. 23: Air - Or let the merry bells ring round (Soprano) - And young and old come forth to play (Chorus) 4:11$0.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 24: Ouverture (Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 3) 5:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 25: Accompagnato - Hence, vain deluding Joys (Il Penseroso: Soprano) 1:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 26: Air - Sometimes let gorgeous Tragedy (Soprano) 3:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 27: Air - But oh, sad virgin (Soprano) 5:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 28: Recitative - Thus, Night, oft see me (Soprano)0:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 29: Bass solo (L'Allegro: Bass) and Chorus - Populous cities please me then 3:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 30: Air - There let Hymen oft appear (Soprano) 2:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 31: Accompagnato - Me, when the Sun begins to fling (Il Penseroso: Soprano)0:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 32: Air - Hide me from Day's garnish eye (Soprano) 3:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 33: Air - I'll to the well-trod stage anon (Il Allegro: Tenor) 1:46$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 34: Air - And ever against eating cares (Soprano) 2:51$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 35: Air - Orpheus self may have his head (Soprano) 2:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 36: Air and Chorus - These delights if thou canst give (Tenor, Chorus) 3:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 37: Recitative - But ley my due feet never fail (Il Penseroso: Soprano)0:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 38: Chorus - There let the pealing organ blow 1:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 39: Air - May at last my weary age (Soprano) 3:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part II, No. 40: Chorus - These pleasures, Melancholy, give 3:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part III, No. 41: Ouverture (Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, Op. 7, No. 1) 5:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part III, No. 42: Accompagnato - Hence! Boast not, ye profane (Il Moderato: Bass)0:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part III, No. 43: Air - Come, with native lustre shine (Bass) 2:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part III, No. 44: Accompagnato - Sweet Temp'rance (Bass); Chorus - All this company serene 2:46$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part III, No. 45: Air - Come, with gentle hand restrain (Soprano) 1:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part III, No. 46: Recitative - No more short life they then will spend in straying (Tenor)0:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part III, No. 47: Air - Each action will derive new grace (Tenor) 2:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part III, No. 48: Duet - As steals the morn upon the night (Soprano and Tenor) 5:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen26. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Part III, No. 49: Chorus - Thy pleasures, Moderation, give 2:39$0.89  Buy MP3 


Product Details

  • Performer: Linda Perillo, Barbara Hannigan, Knut Schoch, Stephan MacLeod, Junge Kantorei
  • Orchestra: Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra
  • Conductor: Joachim Martini
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (May 17, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0008JEKBS
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on July 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Oh dear. For years now I've become accustomed to recordings of the Handel oratorios and similar works that are at a high and steady level of excellence. I learn from the liner-note that both orchestra and conductor have these works at the heart of their repertoire, and there is not a single musical project anywhere that I would support with greater enthusiasm. On top of that I have been happy on several occasions to express appreciation of Naxos for their enterprise in bringing unfamiliar music to us the musical public at moderate cost. All this makes it uncongenial to me to have to say that this particular production is somewhere below par.

I don't know whether the composer himself described this work as an oratorio. It's not my own idea of an oratorio, more an extended cantata or musical entertainment. There is no dramatic narrative or action whatsoever, and the role of the chorus is subsidiary to that of the soloists who dominate the proceedings. The text by Jennens takes Milton's pair of odes and alternates the extracts in each of the first two sections. Despite this admirable balance a need was still seen for some third way. It's not as if Milton's odes represented any extremes of mood or sentiment, but Jennens added a shorter third element `Il Moderato' anyway, and so far as I'm concerned more music by Handel is my own priority. The music is simply heavenly. The last duet `As steals the morn' would grace the St Matthew Passion itself, the quite extraordinary aria `Sweet bird' is nearly 11 minutes long, sc as long as many a first movement in Mozart's piano concertos, and the music throughout brings us Handel at his most imaginative, inspired and audacious.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2005
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It was a particularly happy idea for Handel to set excerpts from Milton's 'L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato' ('The Happy Man, The Pensive Man and The Moderate Man'), considering the rather wretched texts he sometimes set to music. This delicious score has been recorded at least twice before in performances using original instruments and baroque performance practices, those by John Eliot Gardiner, soloists (including Patrizia Kwella and Martyn Hill), the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists (Erato); and by Robert King, soloists (including Susan Gritton and Paul Agnew), The King's Consort Choir and the King's Consort (Hyperion). There is also a fine modern-instruments performance led by John Nelson with soloists Paul Daniels and Ian Bostridge. So, the recorded competition for this work is pretty stiff. Here we have a performance by non-English forces: Joachim Carlos Martini leading the Junge Kantorei and the Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra with virtually unknown soloists (Linda Perillo and Barbara Hannigan, sopranos; Knut Schoch, tenor; and Stephan MacLeod, bass). Enthusiastic as their efforts are - and indeed there are some lovely passages in this performance - they simply are not in the same class as any of the above-mentioned artists. In particular I was put off a bit by the rather rough and ready playing of the supporting orchestra. Compared to the suavity and, dare I say it, the joy of both the English Baroque and the King's Consort, the Frankfurt ensemble sounds underinflected and underpowered. The soloists are generally ill-suited to perform Handel's florid vocal lines. The only bright spot here is the fine chorus, the Junge Kantorei.Read more ›
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