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To Saint Cecilia, Works by Purcell, Handel and Haydn

Henry Purcell , George Frideric Handel , Joseph Haydn , Marc Minkowski , Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Lucy Crowe, Nathalie Stutzmann, Anders J. Dahlin, Richard Croft, Luca Tittoto
  • Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Composer: Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, Joseph Haydn
  • Audio CD (2 Nov 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naive Sa
  • ASIN: B002GUJ0RG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (Symphony) 9:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('Hail! Bright Cecilia!') 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('Hark, Each Tree') 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('Tis Nature's Voice') 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (Soul of the World') 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (Thou Tun'st this World') 5:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (With That Sublime Celestial Lay') 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (Wond'rous Machine') 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('The Airy Violin') 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (In Vain the Am'rous Flute') 6:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('The Fife and All the Harmony of War') 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('Let These Amongst Themselves Contest') 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (Hail! Bright Cecilia!') 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (Overture: Larghetto e staccato - Allegro - Minuetto I - Minuetto II) 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('From Harmony')0:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('When Nature') 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('From Harmony') 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('What Passion Cannot Music Raise')10:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('The Trumpet's Loud Clangor') 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (March) 1:39£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('The Soft Complaining Flute') 6:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('Sharp Violins Proclaim') 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('But Oh! What Art Can Teach') 5:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('Orpheus Could Lead') 1:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('But Bright Cecilia')0:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('As From the Pow'r of Sacred lays') 7:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Kyrie I') 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Christe') 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Kyrie II') 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Gloria In Excelsis Deo') 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Laudamus Te') 3:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Gratias Agimus Tibi') 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Domine Deus') 5:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi') 5:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus') 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Cum Sancto Spiritu')0:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('In Gloria Dei Patris') 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Et Incarnatus Est') 8:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Cäcilienmesse|Missa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Et Resurrexit') 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre’s latest recording presents three major works celebrating Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music. While St Cecilia is the figure who inspired this recording, the album showcases music by three composers whose anniversary years are being celebrated in 2009: Purcell was born in 1659, while Handel and Haydn died in 1759 and 1809, respectively. The three featured works have never before been brought together on a single recording.

The programme was performed earlier this year at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Barbican Centre in London, the Bozar in Brussels, and the Festspiele in Salzburg, and received an enthusiastic response from the press. The vocal cast includes five outstanding soloists: Richard Croft, Lucy Crowe, Nathalie Stutzmann, Anders J. Dahlin and Luca Tittoto. Marc Minkowski chose to record a Missa Breve version of Haydn’s Cäcilienmesse, which includes only the Kyrie and Gloria. These were composed by Haydn some years before the complete Mass was written. Minkowski decided to focus on this shorter version, and to augment it with two exceptional arias from the complete mass, ‘Et incarnatus est’ and ‘Et resurrexit’.

The accompanying 134-page book includes 12 paintings and representations of Saint Cecilia by the likes of Raphael, Rubens, Mignard, Lely, De Vouez, Da Cortona and Domenichino. A deluxe edition that enhances this ambitious project.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Minkowski's Namby-Pamby Cecilia 27 Nov 2009
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The deluxe presentation of this 2CD set of three settings by Purcell, Handel and Haydn of music in celebration of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music, leads one to believe that the performances will be special. They are anything but. Although I have liked much of Marc Minkowski's recorded work in the past, this time it seems he is hampered by less-than-acceptable singing and playing as well as his own tendency to let things sag. The participating musicians are, one would have to say, provincial on the whole. The chorus, asked to sing in English, is a French group from Grenoble; their English diction is, to say the least, idiosyncratic. But so is the diction of some of the anglophone soloists. That might not be so objectionable if the voices themselves were striking, but in fact they mostly are not. Richard Croft, a usually fine baritone, sounds fuzzy. Lucy Crowe has a fine voice but her diction is muddy. And so it goes. One perks up when tenor Anders J. Dahlin and contralto Nathalie Stutzmann come on the scene; they are superior.

There has been at least one previous multi-CD set comprising these three celebrations of Saint Cecilia, that on Virgin Classics Santa Cecilia: Purcell, Handel, Haydn, and although it was put together from three separate single issues and features three different conductors (Andrew Parrott, Philip Ledger, Michel Corboz) it is superior on all counts. And this says nothing of other superior single issues, e.g., Pinnock's Handel Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day, Gardiner's Purcell
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A very interesting program and a lavishly illustrated hardcover book. Sadly, the performances do not quite match the level of the presentation. It's not that there's anything wrong with the Minkowski readings offered here, just that they are somewhat pedestrian, none achieving what you might call "definitive" status. Much as I have admired Richard Croft's singing elsewhere, he is underwhelming here and in Handel's "The trumpet's loud clangour" fails to illicit the thrilling call to arms that it should be! Listen to what a superb job Anthony Rolfe Johnson does on the now twenty year old Pinnock recording (Archiv)! Comparison between the two highlights just how Croft fails to make the most of the word-painting possibilities afforded by the text. Instead what we get is a serviceable reading from him. Lucy Crowe fares better with her Handel although her diction is not ideally clear in places. I would still not want to be without Felicity Lott's rendition of "What passion cannot music raise and quell" , not least for Pinnock's depictive accompaniments and the superb cello obligato, all in all, a model of elegance. I found the tempo in "The soft complaining Flute" to sag somewhat, not what one would expect from someone like Minkowski. In the Purcell ode I actively disliked the off-pronounciation of the word "Hail" by the soloists upon their entry (track 2, Disc 1). Neil Baker is a voice that is new to me but I did not take well to his singing, and anyway, he is no match for the likes of Stephen Varcoe or David Thomas on Gariner's Erato version. Just listen to the bounce in Gardiner's reading and to how his soloists seem to relish their words, delivering them with quicksilver agility. In short, these new readings seem to lack the accumulative sense of exhilaration this conductor is capable of generating. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Minkowski's Namby-Pamby Cecilia 27 Nov 2009
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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The deluxe presentation of this 2CD set of three settings by Purcell, Handel and Haydn of music in celebration of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music, leads one to believe that the performances will be special. They are anything but. Although I have liked much of Marc Minkowski's recorded work in the past, this time it seems he is hampered by less-than-acceptable singing and playing as well as his own tendency to let things sag. The participating musicians are, one would have to say, provincial on the whole. The chorus, asked to sing in English, is a French group from Grenoble; their English diction is, to say the least, idiosyncratic. But so is the diction of some of the anglophone soloists. That might not be so objectionable if the voices themselves were striking, but in fact they mostly are not. Richard Croft, a usually fine tenor, sounds fuzzy. Lucy Crowe has a fine voice but her diction is muddy. And so it goes. One perks up when tenor Anders J. Dahlin and contralto Nathalie Stutzmann come on the scene; they are superior.

There has been at least one previous multi-CD set comprising these three celebrations of Saint Cecilia, that on Virgin Classics Santa Cecilia: Purcell, Handel, Haydn, and although it was put together from three separate single issues and features three different conductors (Andrew Parrott, Philip Ledger, Michel Corboz) it is superior on all counts. And this says nothing of other superior single issues, e.g., Pinnock's Handel Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day, Gardiner's Purcell Gardiner Purcell Collection - Hail ! Bright Cecilia, Hogwood's Haydn Haydn - Great Organ Mass · St. Cecilia Mass · Missa Sancti Nicolai · Missa Brevis / Nelson · Kirkby · Watkinson · Hill · Thomas · AAM · Hogwood.

One word on the presentation: The two CDs come bound into a hard-bound book that contains lavish full-color fine-art reproductions of paintings depicting Saint Cecilia as well as several really quite nice essays centering on the saint by Hilary Finch, Ivan A. Alexandre and Marc Minkowski. This, alas, does not make up for the deficits of the performances.

Scott Morrison
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2.0 out of 5 stars Minkowski's Deluxe Ode to St. Cecilia - but do you need all of it ? 1 Nov 2011
By Zadok_the_Priest - Published on Amazon.com
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This album contains 3 works dedicated to St. Cecilia : Odes by Purcell and Handel, and a Mass by Haydn. The good news is that the Handel is excellent, Lucy Crowe giving a fantastic performance in all her arias, Richard Croft manages not to sound like a turkey while singing "the double double double beat" and the orchestral soloists are crisp and energetic. A success in my book.

The Purcell is very good but is not, in my taste, of the same level as Handel. If you already have "Hail ! Bright Cecilia", you don't need this one.

The Haydn "St. Cecilia" Mass consists here of only the Kyrie and Gloria, with 2 movements of the Credo thrown in. H. C. Robbins Landon has identified two inks and types of paper used to write this mass, suggesting the Kyrie and Gloria were written then, the rest much later. So Minkowski doesn't record the whole thing in order to fit all on 2 CDs. So, if like me you prefer complete versions, you need to look elsewhere.

Because of the length of the pieces, they cut Handel's Ode in half, right after the March. This completely breaks the flow of the piece and is clearly unacceptable.

The high price is justified by the fancy booklet. Inside are 2 essays, a note by Minkowski, the lyrics in French, English, German and Latin (for the Mass), and reproductions of portraits depicting St. cecilia. Only 4 show the Saint completely, all others are close-ups of the hands. Who cares ? And even those that show the Saint are only details of the whole portrait. Again pointless. The first essay, by Hilary Finch, is quite good and informative. The second, by Ivan Alexandre, is the typical pedantic dreck written by Frenchmen for countless CD liner notes. I am a francophone from Québec, so I read them and am aghast every time. An excerpt : "the least pure of exegeses achieves the status of pure cinematography". Another : "Litterature, for example, has never managed to draw from the novel what seems so natural in the theatre". Personal opinions couched as facts. You won't read it a second time. Minkowski's notes are informative, but you won't read them often either.

So, I do not recommend this album, which is unfortunate. However, as luck would have it, the Handel version recorded here is also available as Song for St Cecilias Day - a 5-star album that will give you what you really need - the Handel !
5.0 out of 5 stars Used the recording to prepare for a concert! 9 Feb 2014
By Maxel10 - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved the recording, beautiful music. Used it to prepare for a concert with my choir and listened to it all the time.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Storm 19 Dec 2009
By V. Willas - Published on Amazon.com
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Lucy Crowe, Richard Croft, and Marc Minkowski together at last. Wonderful recording. Packaging is overdone and not necessary.
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