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Hasse - I Pellegrini al Sepolero di Nostro Signore / R. Elliott, Gabail, Chance, Lesne, Harvey, Il Seminario musicale, Lesne Import

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Product Details

  • Performer: Johann Adolf Hasse, Gérard Lesne, Rachel Elliott, Valérie Gabail, Michael Chance, et al.
  • Audio CD (December 23, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B0000241TX
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on May 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Buy this at once! Virgin Veritas releases go out of print unpredictably fast. If you miss this you'll be sorry. This is a short oratorio in two parts. The plot tells a story of four male pilgrims - two sopranos (sung here by women, originally by castrati) and two altos - who go on a pilgrimage to Jesus's tomb in Jerusalem. Once there, they're taken to the tomb by a guide (bass). The guide expresses the spiritual gist of the story, sort of like a evangelist. The first part of the oratorio is full of anticipation and rejoicing as the pilgrims approach the tomb. This part closes with a wonderful five-part ensemble Lauda (no translation necessary). The second part of the oratorio is a mini-passion as the pilgrims relive Jesus's life and death inside the tomb. The guide's aria D'Aspri Legato (which commemorates Jesus's suffering under the whip of a roman soldier) is especially moving. Wonderful melodies abound. Some of the recitatives are accompagnato and thus are much more engaging than regular secco recitatives. The final five-part ensemble expresses the moral of the story: on earth man is a pilgrim, and he can only find peace when he turns his steps and thoughts to god. (I'm not trying to preach to anyone here: I'm just repeating what's in the libretto). The words "when he turns to god" are given not to the entire chorus but to an SSA trio, for emphasis. I'm not a huge fan of Hasse but this oratorio probably has his most magnificent music. The singers are great. Gerard Lesne is excellent as usual (I don't think I've ever been disappointed by Lesne, he's one of the most reliable singers out there). Michael Chance makes a memorable contribution, even though his character is the only one without an aria. Both sopranos are delightful.Read more ›
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This recording is a real gem, especially since Hasse is so rarely recorded. An excellent performance from all the vocalists, although some may find Gerard Lesne's voice to be an acquired taste. The continuo group realizes their role with great dramatic effectiveness, and Il Seminario Musicale (as usual) sounds superb - Highly recommended.
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... the 18th C, of course! The Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, when most of the driving social and political thoughts of modern times were first stated - natural rights, liberty, equality, privacy! When the shackles of aristocracy, theocracy, and the divine right of kings were loosened! When scientific secular humanism began to blow away the smoke and stench of superstition and to declare knowledge a boon rather than a sin! When it was first hinted that squalor and misery were not ordained for the mass of humanity but rather might be mitigated by human effort! The Age of the Democratic Revolution, as Palmer called it, the time of the greatest events in European history, the American and French Revolutions, the birth of modern society. The century that saw brute muscle supplanted by machine power, alchemy transformed into chemistry, feudal authority replaced by the rule of law! The century that began the fearsome tasks of ending slavery and serfdom, and of extending human dignity to women! The greatest century of human progress...

...was also the greatest century of musical genius: Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach and Bach's sons, Rameau, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Boccherini, Mozart, and... Johann Adolf Hasse (1699-1783), probably the most successful and widely-known composer of his era, writer of 60 operas and scores of other works, an international superstar at home in Naples, Venice, Vienna, Dresden, and Warsaw. The rediscovery of Hasse has been slow and fitful, given the massive competition for audience attention, but it is growing; if one could buy stocks in composers, I'd say that Hasse might be the hottest start-up on the market.

The oratorio recorded here, "Pilgrims at the Sepulcher of Our Lord," was first performed in Dresden in 1742.
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If there are 2 great XVIII Century composers who deserve to be far better known, they are Johann Adolf Hasse and Niccoló Jommelli, so it is a great joy that Gérard Lesne decided to revive this extremely beautiful oratorio. The recording is exemplary in every way, if you have never heard Gérard Lesne, let me tell you that I think he is the greatest countertenor alive. His voice may not be as ravishing as Andreas Scholl's (but RAVISHING it is), but I think he is the more interesting and imaginative artist. His work with Il Seminario Musicale has been a source of joy for many years and should be better known in America. Do please try this and any other recording with Gérard Lesne, you will be very sorry if you miss these valuable recordings.
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By sumoran on August 25, 2012
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This disc at qobuz.com is 12.99 euros. Otherwise, the disk is hard to find and costs too much.
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