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Disc 1:

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listen  1. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 1.L'allegro - Accompagnato : Hence loathed MelancholyChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 2. Il penseroso - Accompagnato: Hence vain deluding joyesChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 3. L'allegro - Air: Come, thou goddess fair and freeChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 4a. Il penseroso - Air: Come rather Goddess sage and holyChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 5. L'allegro - Air & Chorus: Haste thee, nymphChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 6. Air & chorus: Come, and trip it as you goChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 7. Il penseroso - Accompagnato: Come, pensive nun, devout and pureChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 8. Arioso: Come, but keep thy wonted stateChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 9. Accompagnato & chorus: There held in holy passion stillChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 10. L'allegro - Recitative: Hence, loathed Melancholy - & Air: Mirth, admit me of they crewChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 11. Il penseroso - Accompagnato: First, and chief, on golden wingChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 12. Air: Sweet bird, that shun'st the noise of follyChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson12:34Album Only
listen13. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 13. L'allegro - Recitative: If I give thee hounour due - & Air: Mirth, admit me of thy crewChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 14.Il pensero - Air: Oft on a plat of rising groundChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 15. Air: Far from all resort of MirthChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 16. L'allegro - Recitative: If I give thee hounour due - & Air: Let me wander, not unseenChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 17. Air: Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasuresChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 18. Accompagnato: Mountains, on whose barren breastChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 19a. Air & chorus: Or let the merry bells ring roundChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 20b. Il penseroso - Accompagnato: Hence, vain deluding joysChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 21a. Air: Sometimes let gorgeous TragedyChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 22. Air: But oh! Sad virgin that thy powerChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 23. Recitative: Thus night oft see me in they pale career - & L'allegro - Recitative & chorus: Populous cities please me thenChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 24. Air: There let hymen oft appearChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 25. Il penseroso - Accompagnato: Me, when the sun begins to flingChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 26. Air: Hide me from day's garish eyeChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 27. L'allegro - Air: I'll to the well-trod stage anonChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 28. Air: And ever against eating caresChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 29a. Air: Orpheus 'self may heave his headChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 30. Air & chorus: These delights if thou canst giveChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 31. Il penseroso - Recitative: But let my due feet never fail - & Chorus: There let the pealing organ blowChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 32b. May at last my weary ageChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), II. Il Penseroso: 33. Solo & chorus: These pleasures, Melancholy giveChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), III. Il Moderato: 34. Il moderato - Accompagnato: Hence, boast not, ye profaneChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), III. Il Moderato: 35. Air: Come, with native lustre shineChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), III. Il Moderato: 36. Accompagnato & chorus: Sweet temp'rance in they right hand bearChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), III. Il Moderato: 37. Air: Come, with gentle hand restrainChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), III. Il Moderato: 38. Recitative: No more short life they then will spend - & Air: Each action will derive new graceChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), III. Il Moderato: 39. Duet: As steals the morn upon the nightChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), III. Il Moderato: 40. Chorus: Thy pleasures, Moderation, giveChristine Brandes/Lynne Dawson/David Daniels/Ian Bostridge/Alastair Miles/Bach Choir/Ensemble Orchestral De Paris/John Nelson 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Christine Brandes, Lynne Dawson, David Daniels, Ian Bostridge, Alastair Miles, et al.
  • Orchestra: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Conductor: John Nelson
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (November 7, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B00004W477
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the best ideas Handel and his colleagues ever had was to make an oratorio out of John Milton's verse--specifically, of Milton's "L'Allegro" and "Il Penseroso" ("The Happy Man" and "The Pensive Man"), with the libretto cutting back and forth between the two poems to make a sort of dialogue, and with an added conclusion titled "Il Moderato" ("The Moderate Man"). The resulting work has never been as famous as Messiah, but it has always been a special favorite of Handel lovers. The King's Consort made a fine recording of L'Allegro in 1999; the selling point of the present version (which appeared almost exactly one year later) is the cast of soloists, which includes soprano Lynne Dawson and countertenor David Daniels, both genuine Baroque superstars, and tenor Ian Bostridge, current king of the art song. All three are very good indeed (as is bass Alastair Miles), with Bostridge in particularly fine form. You wouldn't think anyone could outdo the King's Consort's extraordinary Paul Agnew, but Bostridge does: every vocal color is apt, every word is completely clear. Interestingly, the aria everyone looks forward to, "Sweet Bird," goes not to Dawson but to her younger colleague Christine Brandes. The coloratura holds no problems for Brandes, though she sounds as if she's having to work harder than does Lorna Anderson for the King's Consort (to say nothing of the divine Miss Emma).

The Ensemble Orchestral de Paris is a modern-instrument group seemingly doing an imitation of period instruments, and they very nearly succeed. (It's the smooth, brassy trumpets that give them away.) The players have obviously learned something from their period-instrument colleagues: the sound is nice and lean, balance problems are minor, and the flute soloist in "Sweet Bird" does a fair imitation of an old flauto traverso. John Nelson's tempos are often very quick, yet nothing seems rushed; indeed, thanks to Nelson's good judgment and the skill of his soloists, the fast tempos make the music seem like heightened speech. If your shelves and/or wallet can handle only one L'Allegro, the King's Consort would be a better choice at the moment, but real Handel lovers--and fans of Daniels, Dawson, and Bostridge--won't want to miss this. --Matthew Westphal

Customer Reviews

This has to be the best piece on the entire two-disc set.
Ed Uyeshima
Alto David Daniels sings well though I can 'hear' another counter-tenor -- Gerard Lesne or Michael Chance, perhaps -- singing with more thrilling affect.
Giordano Bruno
The "Pensoroso" airs probe more deeply into the gloomier temprements, but the Allegro movements have an unrestrained exuberance that is infectious!
George Peabody

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ed Uyeshima HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This exceptional Handel oratorio is based on two of Milton's youthful poems, "L'Allegro" ("The Happy Man") and "il Penseroso" ("The Pensive Man"), as well as Charles Jennens' verse, "il Moderato" ("The Moderate Man")...thus the unwieldy title of this disc! No matter as this pastoral ode is Handel at his finest, in my opinion, just as enthralling a work as his Messiah. The music is clever, joyous and consistently inventive. Thanks to a dynamic all-star cast, this disc completely captures the work's spirit as it is filled with fine melodies and lightning-fast mood changes. The result is a classical vocal recording of the highest order.

The five soloists shine brightly. Tenor Ian Bostridge paints his words brilliantly and enunciates the text in a stunning, natural manner that fleshes out every aria and recitative. He can be truly dazzling, for instance, capturing the merriment of his Part 1 solo, "Haste thee nymph". Bostridge seems to recognize every mood with his flexible voice. Complementing him are two stellar sopranos, Lynne Dawson and Christine Brandes. The seasoned Dawson is in full and warm voice, and she has an excellent showcase for her subtlety of phrasing and passionate treatment of words. She can be equally persuasive in Allegro and Penseroso music, for example, in Part 1, with the song group starting with "Come, pensive nun", which is raptly done, and in the spirited "Mirth, admit me of thy crew" just afterward. Her final duet with Bostridge, "As steals the morn upon the night", is a high point. At some points, she could loosen up to better capture the frivolity of some of her solos, but her artistry is amazing nonetheless.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Peabody VINE VOICE on March 25, 2006
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BOSTRIDGE 'HO-HO'S'WHILE DANIELS IS TRAGIC, BUT IT ALL COMES OUT AS HANDELIAN MAGIC!
This composition is a Pastoral Ode in three parts after the poems by John Milton rearranged by James Harris and Charles Jennens..They are written for two sopranos (Christine Brandes & Lynne Dawson), male alto (David Daniels), tenor (Ian Bostridge) and Alastair Miles (bass); accompanied by Harpsichord, organ, cello and double bass.

"L'Allegro" composed in 1740 is a unique hybrid,half ode, half oratorio,retaining a flavor of the theatre. The "Pensoroso" airs probe more deeply into the gloomier temprements, but the Allegro movements have an unrestrained exuberance that is infectious! Jennens supplied the words for "iL Moderato" and used part of Milton's Ode 'At A Solemn Music'.

I can't imagine why anyone would give this disc less than 5 stars! The entire recording is filled with Handel's lovely melodies and sung so well by all the singers. Ian Bostridge's rendition of "Haste thee Nymph" with its jolly Ho Ho Ho's followed by the Chorus singing "Come and Trip It as you go" is wonderfully entertaining; David Daniel's skillful singing, particularly of "Sometimes Let Gorgeous Tragedy" is not to be missed by his fans. There is simply one "bouncy" tune after another throughout both discs. HOW COULD YOU NOT LIKE IT!!????
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2003
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This is a marvelous recording--infinitely superior, in my opinion, to that of John Eliot Gardiner. The rendering of Milton's wonderful poems is done with so much feeling and intelligence that it adds another level of meaning to the words. The soloists are thrilling, especially the counter-tenor, who gives an essential sense of the Baroque use of boys or castrati. While the Gardiner version employs a boy soprano (as did Handel in the first performance of this oratorio), I find his voice weak, and interesting only as a point of comparison and historical interest.
I am not impressed with the idea of "authentic" musical production--I would much rather hear the lively pacing of this recording than the so-called authentic (comatose) tempi of the Gardiner recording. I also prefer contemporary instruments to the ancient or imitation-ancient instruments that are supposed to enhance "authentic" productions. Case in point--the gorgeous transverse flute in this version versus the reedy piping of the recorder in the Gardiner version. Another point: this version includes airs that are left out of the Gardiner version. I suppose there are many iterations of the score since Handel changed it many times in his lifetime...but I love "But, O sad virgin, that thy power..." which is entirely missing from the Gardiner CD. All-in-all, choose this version--you will never tire of listening to it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on July 13, 2009
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... and every score that he carried from Italy to England - his own and those by others - was fair game for recycling in an oratorio or two. But I, my musicological friends, have spent forty years ferreting in the archives of Whistmouster Abbey, Derbyshire, and at last I can shriek my triumphant eureka. I've found the autograph score of "L'Allegro et il Penseroso", and the name on the score is ... HENRY PURCELL!

Well, perhaps I was dreaming. But there's no question that this great "pastoral ode", written in 1740 when Handel had effectively surrendered his efforts to popularize Italian opera in England, is a resurrection of the distinctive English 'manner' most finely elaborated by Purcell. I have to believe that Handel knew Purcell's music; the resemblance in this composition is so striking. The evocation of English landscape in this semi-oratorio is equally striking, and makes me think that Handel intended a sincere tribute to his adopted land. If ever you'll hear the downs and streams, the oaks and heathers of Fair Albion in music, it will be in "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato". The first two movements are settings of the poem by John Milton, which does hark back to the age of Purcell and which also smacks of tribute to English sensibilities.

This is not a "definitive' performance by any means, though it is an awfully good one. Soprano Christine Brandes steals the limelight from my "English cousin" Lynne Dawson, singing the two show-stopper arias Sweet Bird, that shunn'st the noise of Folly & But oh! Sad Virgin. The former is accompanied by flute obbligato, and the latter by cello, and they are among Handel's supreme accomplishments, worth the price of hearing again and again.
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