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Handel - Alexander's Feast [Double CD]

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  • Conductor: Christophers
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (31 Jan 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Coro
  • ASIN: B0007DBXJC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Overture: Handel: Alexander's Feast 6:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Recitative: "'Twas at the Royal Feast": Handel: Alexander's Feast0:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Aria, Duet & Chorus: "Happy Pair": Handel: Alexander's Feast 4:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Recitative: "Timotheus Plac'd on High": Handel: Alexander's Feast0:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Harp Concerto Op.4, No.6 in B Flat: I - Allegro: Handel: Alexander's Feast 6:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Harp Concerto Op.4, No.6 in B Flat: II - Larghetto: Handel: Alexander's Feast 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Harp Concerto Op.4, No.6 in B Flat: III - Allegro Moderato: Handel: Alexander's Feast 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Recitative: "The Song Began from Jove": Handel: Alexander's Feast 1:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Chorus: "The List'ning Crowd": Handel: Alexander's Feast 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Aria: "With Ravish'd Ears": Handel: Alexander's Feast 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Recitative: "The Praise of Bacchus": Handel: Alexander's Feast0:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Aria/Chorus: "Bacchus, Ever Fair and Young": Handel: Alexander's Feast 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Recitative: "Sooth'd with the Sound": Handel: Alexander's Feast0:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Recitative: "He Chose a Mournful Muse": Handel: Alexander's Feast 1:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Aria: "He Sung Darius, Great and Good": Handel: Alexander's Feast 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Recitative: "With Downcast Looks": Handel: Alexander's Feast0:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Chorus: "Behold Darius, Great and Good": Handel: Alexander's Feast 2:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Recitative: "The Mighty Master Smil'd": Handel: Alexander's Feast0:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Arioso: "Softly Sweet, in Lydian Measures": Handel: Alexander's Feast 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Aria: "War, He Sung, is Toil and Trouble": Handel: Alexander's Feast 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Chorus: "The Many Rend the Skies": Handel: Alexander's Feast 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Aria: "The Prince, Unable to Conceal His Pain": Handel: Alexander's Feast 6:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Chorus: "The Many Rend the Skies": Handel: Alexander's Feast 4:030.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Recitative/Chorus: "Now Strike the Golden Lyre Again": Handel: Alexander's Feast 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Aria: "Revenge, Timotheus Cries": Handel: Alexander's Feast 7:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Recitative: "Give the Vengeance Due": Handel: Alexander's Feast 1:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Aria: "The Princes Applaud with a Furious Joy": Handel: Alexander's Feast 2:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Aria/Chorus: "Thais Led the Way": Handel: Alexander's Feast 5:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Recitative: "Thus Long Ago": Handel: Alexander's Feast 2:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Grand Chorus: "At Last Divine Cecilia Came": Handel: Alexander's Feast 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Recitative: "Let Old Timotheus Yield the Prize": Handel: Alexander's Feast0:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Chorus: "Let Old Timotheus Yield the Prize": Handel: Alexander's Feast 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Organ Concerto Op.4, No.1 in G Minor: I - Larghetto e staccato: Handel: Alexander's Feast 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Organ Concerto Op.4, No.1 in G Minor: II. Allegro: Handel: Alexander's Feast 4:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Organ Concerto Op.4, No.1 in G Minor: III. Adagio: Handel: Alexander's Feast 1:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Organ Concerto Op.4, No.1 in G Minor: IV. Andante: Handel: Alexander's Feast 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Chorus: "Your Voices Tune": Handel: Alexander's Feast 3:000.99  Buy MP3 

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine version of an elegant work 27 Dec 2008
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'Alexander's Feast' is an interesting piece for orchestra, chorus and three soloists composed to celebrate St Cecilia's day but actually having little to do with the patron saint of music herself until almost the end. Set during a feast held for Alexander the Great there are great opportunities for the expression of many moods and situations through music. The tenor acts as narrator but does also get a couple of arias to sing. By far the majority of solo vocal pieces go to the soprano but the bass also gets a couple of pieces including the superb 'Revenge Timotheus Cries'. Michael George sings this superbly, the best version I have heard! Nancy Argenta is also very good in the soprano arias and Ian Partridge is elegance itself with every word crystal clear.

The real stars here however are The Sixteen orchestra and chorus as conducted by Harry Christophers with elegant, sprightly playing and powerful singing (listen to 'The Many Rend The Skies'). This set also includes an organ concerto and harp concerto, perfectly integrated and perfectly played. This is really an excellent set and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 22 May 2014
By Davash
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This was my introduction to this work and it's hard to find fault with it. The singing, the playing is excellent and the music is just wonderful. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alexandra's Fantastic 19 May 2014
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I fund this C/D full of charm and fantastic a nice combination of Handel's works that fit well onto this C/D the singing is great to by the sixteen a nice C/D to add to any Handel colection harp concertos Oregon concertos all fit very well together on this C/D
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handel's Great "Feast" in an Impeccable Rendition 21 Aug 2005
By Nicholas A. Deutsch - Published on
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"Alexander's Feast," Handel's 1736 setting of Dryden's ode in honor of St. Cecilia's Day (patron saint of music) is a masterpiece and a delight, but its odd length - too long for a mixed program, too short for a full evening - gave Handel trouble and apparently still presents a problem: this is at present the only recording of this inspired work in the catalogue, though some good ones have come and gone. Fortunately, this reissue of the Sixteen's 1990 version is first-rate, in fact the best I ever recall hearing, with chorus, orchestra, soloists and conductor all in top form. Furthermore, music director Harry Christophers has wisely chosen to include the two concerti - one for harp, the other for organ - that Handel inserted in his original performances. Not only do they lengthen the piece to a satisfactory 115', they serve a satisfactory dramatic purpose by representing respectively the power of music in its pagan form - the bard Timotheus's lyre represented by the harp - and Christian - Cecilia's (apocryphal) organ. Both receive sparkling interpretations here.

If you enjoy such Handel works as "L'Allegro..." and "Acis and Galatea," you will certainly enjoy "Alexander's Feast," which finds the composer in peak form, responding with eagerness to the high quality of the English verse before him. And it's hard to imagine a better way to get to know it than this wonderful performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alexander's Feast - English version 25 Feb 2006
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This recording is a very complete version of Alexander's Feast, following the composer's practice of inserting other pieces to create a performance of appropriate length. Excellent soloists, orchestra, and chorus. A high quality recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Handel's great works 18 Nov 2005
By Diane Birdsall - Published on
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I just attended a live performance of Alexander's Feast and I saw many people who probably never heard anything else than Messiah, suddenly finding out that there is more to Handel than Hallelujah chorus. This music is exciting and original, you may know several arias like "War he said is toil and trouble" or "Revenge!" but it is great as a complete work. It was written for St. Cecilia's Day celebration, then re-written several times, but it remains as a beautiful example of Handel's mastery in choral composition and writing showcase arias. The soloists are great, especially Ian Partridge, and the chorus is outstanding. This is a wonderful performance of one of Handel's great works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirited performance of charming work 9 Mar 2007
By Mary G. Swope - Published on
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This performance of Alexander's Feast is, in my opinion, exactly right for the work; beautiful, clear voices singing the solos with good diction, a lovely balance in the small chorus, and superb playing of appropriate instruments for the piece and for the period. The notes on the flyer are also excellent, presenting the background and intention of the work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The many rend the skies..." 5 July 2013
By E. A. Lovitt - Published on
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I once sang in "Alexander's Feast," and I now own three different versions of Handel's setting of Dryden's ode. This recording by The Sixteen has three additional pieces of music by Handel that are lacking in the Gardiner and Sanderling versions: the Harp Concerto Op.4, No.6 in B flat, which is inserted between 'Timoteus plac'd on high' and 'The song began from Jove'; and at the end of "Alexander's Feast" we hear the Organ Concerto Op.4, No.1 in G minor plus an extra chorus that runs for 3 minutes and is labeled "Your Voices" tune. I don't have any strong objections to the additions, except the harp concerto interrupts the flow of music as I had learned it.

According to the liner notes by Harry Christophers, "Handel added the delightful harp concerto at the very point Dryden wrote 'Timotheus...with flying fingers touch'd the lyre...' and then inserted an organ concerto after Dryden's final chorus, prior to the additional chorus 'Your voices tune and raise them high,' which Handel added as a finale." So I really have Handel to blame for this longer version of "Alexander's Feast"!

Although I prefer the Thomas Sanderling recording Handel: Alexander's Feast (even though it is sung in German), The Sixteen edition has much to recommend it. The instrumental playing by The Symphony of Harmony and Invention exhibits just the right Baroque sensibility, very much in the spirit of Handel's dramatic scoring. Lyric tenor, Ian Partridge's recitatives are crisply performed and easy to understand. Nancy Argenta's clear, flexible soprano is perfect for the role of Thais. One of the disc's highlights for me is Michael George's spirited rendition of "Revenge, Timotheus cries." He does a great job with the drinking aria, too. The Sixteen perform the choruses with their usual harmony and precision.

If you are a fan of Handel's vocal music, do not neglect "Alexander's Feast," whichever version you choose. Christopher Hogwood says of this music: "Handel added all his experience of drama and orchestral colouring. He ignored the conventional calls for a chorus at the close of every stanza, and offset the danger of static description with startling recitatives, and orchestral colouring (recorders, oboes, bassoons in three parts, trumpets, drums and seven-part choruses) appropriate to the poem's subtitle, 'The Power of Music'."
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