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  • Performer: Sylvia McNair
  • Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
  • Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Georg Friederich Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (14 Sept. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B000004159
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Silete venti, HWV 242: Symphonia - Silete venti (Recitativo Accompagnato)
  2. Silete venti, HWV 242: Dulcis amor, Jesus care (Aria)
  3. Silete venti, HWV 242: O fortunata anima (Recitativo Accompagnato)
  4. Silete venti, HWV 242: Date serta, date flores (Aria)
  5. Silete venti, HWV 242: Alleluia (Aria)
  6. Laudate pueri Dominum, HWV 237: Laudate pueri (Solo e Coro)
  7. Laudate pueri Dominum, HWV 237: Sit nomen Domini (Solo)
  8. Laudate pueri Dominum, HWV 237: A solis ortu (Solo e Coro)
  9. Laudate pueri Dominum, HWV 237: Excelsus super omnes (Solo)
  10. Laudate pueri Dominum, HWV 237: Quis sicut Dominus (Coro)
  11. Laudate pueri Dominum, HWV 237: Suscitans a terra (Solo)
  12. Laudate pueri Dominum, HWV 237: Qui habitare facit (Solo)
  13. Laudate pueri Dominum, HWV 237: Gloria Patri (Solo e Coro)
  14. Exsultate jubilate, K. 165 (158a): Exsultate, jubilate (Allegro)
  15. Exsultate jubilate, K. 165 (158a): Fulget amica dies (Recitativo)
  16. Exsultate jubilate, K. 165 (158a): Tu virginum corona (Adante)
  17. Exsultate jubilate, K. 165 (158a): Alleluia (Allegro)

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3 1/2 stars -- Excellent work here (in 1992) by John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists. The different textures and styles of these Handel and Mozart motets are beautifully realized in the instrumental music here, and the pacing is lively and tender as required. There's no sense that the period instruments are in any way expressively limiting. On the vocal side, things are less happy, though that's partly, I think, the fault of the recording. The Monteverdi Choir is caught with a dryness or harshness that I haven't heard on other recordings of this excellent group. The featured soloist, Sylvia McNair, had about a decade of professional experience behind her in 1992, and the vocal quality is basically pleasant, but in the higher-lying passages here, it comes across as a bit glassy, and there's a tendency to scoop or swoop up to the notes in the Mozart particularly. The middle part of the voice is warm -- the "Suscitans a terra" solo in the "Laudate" motet by Handel catches her at her best, and, to be fair, some of the soft singing in the higher reaches is quite lovely -- the ending of the "Tu virginum corona" section of the Mozart motet, for example. The "Alleluia" from that motet seems a bit carefully sung, and when she does cut loose for the climax, it sounds a bit dodgy. All in all, then, a bit of a mixed bag -- I find Emma Kirkby more reliable in this kind of music.
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Superb singing and beautiful music. An absolute delight.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95393774) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9587ad74) out of 5 stars Exceptional control from both singer and orchestra 9 Jun. 1999
By Ben England - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The sumptious sound of Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists opens this disc with clarion precision. From the very beginning, they are the epitome of perfect baroque playing - never getting a microbeat behind Gardiner's fiendishly speedy baton, and are particularly delightful when tripping through Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate accompanying the sublime Ms McNair. Sylvia McNair, although comparatively rarely recorded, produces a wonderfully enthusiastic performance, using all of the vocal devices in her armoury (listen out for the whispered phrase in Silete Venti, the first cantata on the disc). While the Handel is lovely, however, the Mozart is truly spectacular, showing McNair's talent for semi-quaver articulation, particularly in the famous Alleluia which concludes the disc. Overall, an excellent contribution to the collection of any fan of authentic Mozart.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x950b8438) out of 5 stars RIEN QUE POUR LE SILENTE VENTI ! 25 April 2011
By PVP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
J'ai eu beaucoup de mal il y a quelques mois à trouver cet enregistrement extraordinaire du Silete Venti (Silence Vent!) d'Haendel, oeuvre peu connue du saxon et pourtant absolument sublime ; oeuvre de quasi maturité dont on ne sait en définitive pas grand chose, (aucun vrai développement dans la biographie de Keates) ; supposée écrite trois ans avant le couronnement de George II, pour une soprano d'opéra possédant une sérieuse technique vocale.

" L'orchestre commence à la façon d'une ouverture française, avec une musique lente, majestueuse, homophone, aux rythmes pointés. D'emblée, Haendel joue avec son public en introduisant sans prévenir trois moments piano. Une fugue tourbillonnante est finalement réduite au silence par la soliste, grâce à qui la douceur s'installe et la paix règne. Le deuxième mouvement est une aria da capo, où Haendel dépeint l'extase qui est l'amour de Jésus. Le troisième mouvement, plutôt bref, est un récitatif poignant menant à un quatrième mouvement qui passe de la tempête à la rêverie pastorale. Les vents reviennent dans la section centrale de cette aria da capo, mais ce ne sont plus que de douces brises. Le dernier mouvement, un ' alléluia quelque peu bizarre et totalement virtuose termine ce motet remarquable de manière étincelante " écrit Jeremy Summerly.

Reste l'interpétation lumineuse de Sylvia McNair dirigée par le non moins éclairé Gardiner. Sur un tempo très cadencé, l'orchestre, particulièrement coloré, placé en quasi retrait du chant, joue une partition éblouissante, j'insiste, au point de faciliter une mémorisation quasi mécanique des arias et principalement du bouleversant "Date serta, date flores" .

Chacun l'aura compris : un grand enregistrement.

La suite est franchement très "secondaire" ce qui n'enlève pourtant rien à sa qualité.

Toutefois "l'Exsultate jubilate" de Mozart, pièce pourtant si belle, trouve ici difficilement sa place, et pour être encore très franc, son interprétation n'est pas, de mon point de vue, la meilleure ...qui reste celle de Carolyn Sampson chez Hyperion dirigée par Robert King. Mais tout cela est affaire de goût et je ne cherche à en convaincre personne !
HASH(0x951158d0) out of 5 stars Fabulous. Simply. 13 Sept. 2013
By R. J. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Despite owning 200+ vinyl LP classical records and 200+ classical CDs I've never owned a recording of the complete Mozart Exultate Jubilate. This was a double-threat for me: I'm just in love with the light, precise soprano of Sylvia McNair and the original-instrument-style readings of John Eliot Gardiner.

No disappointments here.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95115c6c) out of 5 stars impressive orchestral work, but a mixed verdict overall 27 Jan. 2015
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
3 1/2 stars -- Excellent work here (in 1992) by John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists. The different textures and styles of these Handel and Mozart motets are beautifully realized in the instrumental music here, and the pacing is lively and tender as required. There's no sense that the period instruments are in any way expressively limiting. On the vocal side, things are less happy, though that's partly, I think, the fault of the recording. The Monteverdi Choir is caught with a dryness or harshness that I haven't heard on other recordings of this excellent group. The featured soloist, Sylvia McNair, had about a decade of professional experience behind her in 1992, and the vocal quality is basically pleasant, but in the higher-lying passages here, it comes across as a bit glassy, and there's a tendency to scoop or swoop up to the notes in the Mozart particularly. The middle part of the voice is warm -- the "Suscitans a terra" solo in the "Laudate" motet by Handel catches her at her best, and, to be fair, some of the soft singing in the higher reaches is quite lovely -- the ending of the "Tu virginum corona" section of the Mozart motet, for example. The "Alleluia" from that motet seems a bit carefully sung, and when she does cut loose for the climax, it sounds a bit dodgy. All in all, then, a bit of a mixed bag -- I find Emma Kirkby more reliable in this kind of music.
0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x954cdc6c) out of 5 stars Need met 12 Dec. 2009
By Robert S. Nisbet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was satisfied with the CD as I needed a copy quickly to assist in rehearsal for a performance.
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