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Handel: An Ode for St. Cecilia's Day Import

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1. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Overture: Larghetto, e staccato -
2. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Allegro -
3. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: [Minuet]
4. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Recitative. From harmony, from heav'nl
5. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Aria. When Nature underneath a heap
6. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Chorus. From harmony, from heav'nly ha
7. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Aria. What passion cannot Music raise
8. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Aria and Chorus. The trumpet's loud cl
9. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: March
10. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Aria. The soft complaining flute
11. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Aria. Sharp violins proclaim
12. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Aria. But oh! What art can teach
13. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Aria. Orpheus could lead the savage ra
14. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Accompagnato. But bright Cecilia rais'
15. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76: Solo and Chorus. As from the pow'r of
16. Cecilia, Volgi un Sguardo, cantata for soprano, tenor, strings & continuo, HWV 89: Recitative. Cecilia, volgi un sguardo
17. Cecilia, Volgi un Sguardo, cantata for soprano, tenor, strings & continuo, HWV 89: Recitative. Tu, armonica Cecilia
18. Cecilia, Volgi un Sguardo, cantata for soprano, tenor, strings & continuo, HWV 89: Aria. Splenda l'alba in oriente
19. Cecilia, Volgi un Sguardo, cantata for soprano, tenor, strings & continuo, HWV 89: Recitative. Carco sempre di gloria
20. Cecilia, Volgi un Sguardo, cantata for soprano, tenor, strings & continuo, HWV 89: Aria. Sei cara, sei bella -
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Product Details

  • Performer: Carolyn Sampson, James Gilchrist, The Choir of The King's Consort
  • Orchestra: The King's Consort
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0002VSS5G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Passarella on October 20, 2005
The "Ode for St. Cecilia's Day" has been very lucky on record and CD, going way back to a pretty wonderful performance on the Argo label with David Willcox and the ASMF. Before this new Hyperion CD came along, my favorite digital recording was the one from Philip Ledger on ASV. It is still a fine performance and recording, though I find both soloists--Robert Tear and Jill Gomez--acquired tastes, let's just say.

No need for such strictures with the new recording from Robert King. Past CDs have led us to expect masterful Handel from King and his groups, but this really is in a special class. First, his soloists are not merely committed but are in splendid voice throughout. And chorus and orchestra have this music in their hearts and souls. As an example of the music making on this disc, just listen to the first aria, "When Nature underneath a heap of jarring atoms lay." Quite simply, the atoms have never leaped so athletically and convincingly to their appointed stations. This is Handel as he should be performed. If you don't know this piece, then you're missing a work with arias and choruses that are hardly a cut below the great ones from Solomon, Israel in Egypt, or even The Messiah.

A much more intimate affair is the Italian cantata "Cecilia, volgi un sguardo" written as a makeweight for the original performance of Handel's other, bigger Cecilian cantata of 1736, "Alexander's Feast" (like the Ode, based on the poetry of John Dryden). The music was composed for leading Italian singers of the day, one of them Handel's favorite soprano at the time. So the music, for all its quiet dignity, has some fairly flamboyant coloratura passages. Sampson and Gilchrist have no trouble with these rigors and sing with the same beauty of tone in Italian that they manage in English.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Mackenzie on December 26, 2008
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This is a wonderful recording. I have been a great fan of Carolyn Sampson ever since I first heard her in Bach's Magnificat in Munich, Xmas 2006. The Kings Consort provides a glorious interpretation which is also a superb vehicle for Carolyn Sampson's gorgeous singing. I believe that when Carolyn Sampson looks back on her career that she may conclude that this is one of her finest recordings.

This is beautiful Handel - the depth and wonder of the music demonstrates how much more he is than the "Waterworks" or "Fire music" which has tended to place him in a niche far smaller than the true range of his music.

This is one of my all time favorite CDs.
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I recently watched Sir David Starkey's BBC documentary on Music and the Monarchy, which covers this influence the English, and later the British, monarchy has had on the development of English and British music. Very good documentary, by the way; I've ordered my own copy through Amazon.

Starkey's documentary spends a lot of time dealing with Georg Friedrich Handel and his influence on British music. I've enjoyed Handel's music for decades but I've somehow managed to overlook most of his oratorios, with the exception of the best known Handel oratorio, the Messiah, and much of Handel's other vocal music. After watching Starkey's documentary, I'm now exploring Handel's other oratorios, which I wasn't overly familiar with, and some of his other vocal music.

I decided to start with Handel's Solomon oratorio and ordered the version by Sir John Elliot Gardiner, since I have Gardiner's complete recording of Handel's Messiah and it's my favourite version of the Messiah.

The John Elliot Gardiner recording of Solomon was excellent. Gardiner's interpretation of Handel's Solomon is first rate, the performances of the vocalists and musicians are excellent and the sound recording is very well done.

After hearing Gardiner's recording of Handel's Solomon I ordered John Elliot Gardiner recording of Israel in Egypt and 2 Coronation Anthems. That recording is also first rate. Handel's music is excellent and the performances of orchestra and vocalists are very well done.

Then I ordered John Elliot Gardiner's recording of Handel's Alexander's Feast oratorio. This Gardiner recording of Alexander's Feast is in the same league as the others I have recently purchased.
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