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This review is from: William Hayes - The Passions: An Ode for Music (La Cetra Barockorchester Basel / Anthony Rooley) (Audio CD)
This delightful work is stylishly performed in this clean, well-engineered disc. Rooley and his team have truly succeeded in this work's 'rediscovery'; tuneful, wittily descriptive music, fleet of foot, and a joy. Collins's text was designed to be set to music and Willam Hayes's setting is pure delight. It is not hard to understand why foreign musicians flocked to England in the eighteenth century when there was such a native tradition to engage with. If you still beleve that without Handel, England was (after Purcell) 'das Land ohne Musik', then give this a try and be delighted to discover how wrong you are. One might loosely describe the style as Handelian, but - in the best sense - Hayes was no Handel. Here is no mere pastiche. This work, and this recording, conveys the very vim and vigour of eighteenth-century England, its original sophisticated writing full of colour and contrast 'con brio'.
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