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Great Baroque Arias [Import]

King's Consort Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Jan 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Carlton Classics
  • ASIN: B000003YQ6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,244,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The trumpet's loud clangour - John Mark Ainsley
2. Sheep may safely graze - Gillian Fisher
3. Ombra mai fu - James Bowman
4. Arise ye subterranean winds - Michael George
5. Where 'er You Walk - John Mark Ainsley
6. O ruddier than the cherry - Michael Geroge
7. When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) - Gillian Fisher
8. Heroes, when with glory burning - James Bowman
9. Waft her angels, through the skies - John Mark Ainsley
10. Revenge, Timotheus cries - Michael George
11. Sol da te mio dolce amore - James Bowman/Lisa Besnosiuk
12. How willing my paternal Love - Michael George/Roy Goodman
13. Let the bright Seraphim - Gillian Fisher/Crispian Steele-Perkins

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I first stumbled upon this sweet little CD in my local record shop when I was about to imminently depart for a foreign holiday,and I needed urgently to find a recording of Handel's lovely aria from Jeptha,"Waft her Angels,through the skies",for a friend waiting for me at my ultimate destination. And so,I grabbed this collection for that sole purpose,and I must admit that I normally shun these compilations like the plague:preferring instead to go for complete works,as a general rule.But when I came to give it a run through on my CD player,I was more than pleasantly surprised.Yes,"Waft her..." was given a gorgeous reading by John Mark Ainsley,as I'd expected from that source,but there was so much else to enjoy as an unlooked for bonus.Not the least of which are the contributions from that wonderful soprano Gillian Fisher.She is quite stunning in "Let the bright Seraphim",with the never less than excellent Crispian Steele-Perkins on trumpet.And her,"Sheep may safely graze",is rapturous in it's serene intensity. Before I bought this disc I hadn't previously been aware of that exquisite bass aria,"How willing my paternal love" from Handel's "Samson",but after hearing this fantastic performance by Michael George,I'm now kicking myself for been oblivious of it's existence for so long.The last line,"whilst I have eyes he wants no light",as sung by the father of the now blind Samson,is ineffably touching when you consider that Handel himself was to go blind in his declining years,and so he knew precisely the agonies that his characters were suffering.So for this discovery,and much else beside,I owe Carlton Classics a huge debt of gratitude,and if my 5 star rating of this excellent collection helps to shift a few more copies through the good auspices of our friends at Amazon.co.uk,then it's the very least I can do.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will delight beginners and connoisseurs alike. 1 Oct 2000
By "quia-nihil-sum" - Published on Amazon.com
To be honest I normally shun these kind of sampler discs like the plague,preferring whenever possible to go for complete works as a general rule.However,recently I was about to imminently depart on a foreign holiday,and I had promised a friend waiting for my at my ultimate destination that I would bring a recording of Handel's lovely aria ,"Waft her angels,through the skies" (from "Jeptha) for her to listen to (I try to promote and evangelise Handel's music wherever I go !).Unfortunately it wasn't in my collection at the time,so I raced down to my local record shop,and luckily for me this particular CD happened to be in stock at the time.It more than served my purpose in the end,because John Mark Ainsley's performance of "Waft her..." is as fine as I've heard in many a long year,and my friend was enraptured by it's beauty when she eventually got to hear it.Yet,so much else on this record came as an unlooked for and unexpected delightful surprise to me.
Prior to this,I hadn't been aware of the work of the excellent soprano Gillian Fisher,and I was completely bowled over by her serenely,stunning reading of Bach's,"Sheep may safely graze".She brings a hypnotic,rapturous intensity to it that is absolutely captivating.She is no less fine in the famous lament from "Dido and Aeneas",and sets off some real vocal fireworks in ,"Let the bright Seraphim" with Crispian Steele-Perkins doing his usual sterling best on trumpet alongide her.
However the highlight of this disc for me,and a wonderful discovery to boot must be the tender and tragic aria,"How willing my paternal love" from "Samson".The brilliant bass Michael George sings the part of the now blind Samson's father,and his final line of,"Whilst I have eyes he wants no light" is unbearably touching in itself,and takes on even deeper meaning and pathos when you consider that Handel himself was to go blind in his later years,and I'm quite sure that the awful irony of the exquisite music he composed here was not lost on him.
So for this discovery and much else besides I owe Carlton Classics a huge debt of gratitude,and if my humble review of this lovely record can help to sell a few more copies through the good auspices of our friends at Amazon,then so much the better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, excellent vocals. 20 Jun 2000
By "oferfr" - Published on Amazon.com
"Great Baroque Arias" is an excellent CD for lovers of music and vocals.
The CD has great song variety - great as introduction to vocal music or music in general.
Very enjoyable, varied CD for all music lovers. Can also be recommended as an introduction to classical music in general.
All singers are good, especially Bowman who is one of my favourite artists. King's consort is very good.
Highlights: - "Happy", fast songs like "O ruddier than the cherry" with duet between bass singer and high flute.
- Slow, moving songs like Vivaldi's "Sol da te mio dolce amore". You'll appreciate Bowman's singing after hearing this one.
Summary - if you need one CD for vocal music - that's the one, and a great choice as that.
If you like this one - Purcell's "Hail, Bright Cecilia" with King, Bowman etc. is your next CD. Takes a few listenings to dicover, but it's a beautiful CD of vocal music.
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