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Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato /Gritton · McFadden · Anderson · Agnew · N Davies · King's Consort · King Double CD

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000026CVB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. [Grave] - Allegro - Lentement - Allegro moderato
  2. Hence, loathed Melancholy
  3. Hence, vain deluding Joys
  4. Come, thou goddess fair and free
  5. Come rather, goddess, sage and holy
  6. Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee
  7. Come and trip it as you go
  8. Come, pensive nun, devout and pure
  9. Come, but keep thy wonted state
  10. There, held in holy passion still
  11. Hence, loathed Melancholy!
  12. Mirth, admit me of thy crew
  13. First and Chief, On Golden Wing
  14. Sweet bird, that shun'st the noise of Folly
  15. If I give thee honour due
  16. Mirth, admit me of thy crew
  17. Oft on a plat of rising ground
  18. Far from all resort of Mirth
  19. If I give thee honour due
  20. Let me wander not unseen
  21. Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasures
  22. Mountains, on whose barren breast
  23. Or let the merry bells ring round

Disc: 2

  1. Hence, vain deluding Joys
  2. Sometimes let gorgeous tragedy
  3. But O, sad virgin, that thy pow'r
  4. Thus, Night, oft see me in thy pale career
  5. Poplous cities please me [us] then
  6. There let Hymen oft appear
  7. Me, when the sun begins to fling
  8. Hide me from Day's garish eye
  9. I'll to the well-trod stage anon
  10. And ever against eating cares
  11. Orpheus' self may heave his head
  12. These delights if thou canst give
  13. But let my due feet never fail
  14. there let the pealing organ blow
  15. May at last my weary age
  16. Organo ad libitum il soggetto della fuga seguente
  17. These pleasures, Melancholy, give
  18. Hence! boast not, ye profane
  19. Come, with native lustre shine
  20. Sweet Temp'rance in thy right hand bear
  21. Come, with gentle hand restrain
  22. No more short life they then will spend
  23. Each action will derive new grace
  24. As Steals the Morn Upon the Night
  25. Thy pleasures, Moderation, give

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After the success of Alexander's Feast, a setting of the much admired ode by John Dryden, it was wondered: would the result be greater still if Handel could be persuaded to set the words of a poet even greater than Dryden? Such were the thoughts of an important group of Handel's friends centred around the philosopher James Harris and including Charles Jennens (later the librettist of Messiah) and the Fourth Earl of Shaftesbury. It was under their influence that Handel came to set the poetry of John Milton, first in L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and later in the oratorio Samson. Jennens helped to prepare the libretto for L'Allegro, the first two parts of which are adapted from Milton's two complementary poems, L'Allegro ('The Merry Man') and Il Penseroso ('The Thoughtful Man'), respectively celebrating the different joys of two opposed personalities. The initial idea of interweaving lines from the two poems to make a text for musical setting actually came from James Harris, who also provided the first draft of the libretto. By 19 January 1740 the libretto was finished, and with Handel's enthusiasm and speed in writing the first performance took place on 27 February! There is no definitive version of the work as Handel made many changes over time. However, the intention of this perfomance is to retain the freshness of Handel's original vision with the advantage of the best of his second thoughts.

Review

GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE MONTH GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE TIMBRE DE PLATINE (OPERA INTERNATIONAL, FRANCE) CLASSIC FM MAGAZINE BEST OF THE MONTH 'One of Handel's loveliest English works, full of the pastoral delights of Acis and Galatea and some of his most sublime vocal inspirations' (The Sunday Times) 'L'Allegro would with little doubt be one of my desert island pieces, all the most so after listening to this first truly complete recording of Handel's delectable pastotal ode. Enjoy!' (Gramophone) 'This delightful set … must surely rank as one of the discs of the year' (The Scotsman) 'Unfailingly excellent' (BBC Music Magazine) 'Robert King's affection for the work shines out from every number' (Classic CD) 'This pure Baroque beauty is a dramatic piece rich in short, tuneful airs, each more beautiful than the last. Few Handel vocal works give me such enduring pleasure' (Classic FM Magazine) 'A first rate work ... This is easily one of the best of the year and perhaps the best Handel recording of 1999' --(Goldberg)


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