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  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2018)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Linn
  • ASIN: B07GRK1JFZ
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Overture: Larghetto E Staccato - Dunedin Consort
  2. Overture: Allegro - Dunedin Consort
  3. Overture: Minuet - Dunedin Consort
  4. From Harmony, from Heav'nly Harmony - Various Performers
  5. When Nature Underneath a Heap - Various Performers
  6. From Harmony, from Heav'nly Harmony - Various Performers
  7. What Passion Cannot Music Raise and Quell! - Various Performers
  8. The Trumpet's Loud Clangour - Various Performers
  9. March - Various Performers
  10. The Soft Complaining Flute - Various Performers
  11. Sharp Violins Proclaim - Various Performers
  12. But Oh! What Art Can Teach - Various Performers
  13. Orpheus Could Lead the Savage Race - Various Performers
  14. But Bright Cecilia Rais'd the Wonder - Various Performers
  15. As from the Pow'r of Sacred Lays - Various Performers
  16. I. Larghetto Affettuoso - Dunedin Consort
  17. II. Allegro - Dunedin Consort
  18. III. Largo E Piano - Dunedin Consort
  19. IV. Allegro - Dunedin Consort

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Recorded during this year's Misteria Paschalia Festival in Poland,Dunedin Consort's performance of Handel's Ode for St Cecilia's Day sees them joined for the first time by tenor Ian Bostridge and soprano Carolyn Sampson.

Bostridge demonstrates the technical mastery and vocal precision that has seen him win many of the major international record prizes in his twenty-five year career.

Highly sought-after for her refined Baroque sensibilities and pure intonation, Sampson's lyric soprano is ideally suited to Handel.

Led by John Butt, with singers from the Polish Radio Choir, this rich and colourful tribute to music's patron saint is the latest in their much lauded Handel discography, which includes Messiah, Acis & Galatea and Esther, each recording having won widespread acclaim.

The recording is completed by Handel's Concerto Grosso in A minor Op. 6 No. 4, in which Dunedin Consort's exceptional instrumentalists take centre stage.

Review

The work packs a powerful punch in these hands, and nowhere more so than when Bostridge combines with the chorus in the aria hymning the double, double, double beat/Of the thundering drum. --Herald Scotland

With its dramatic and colourful sound values, this recording of Handel's ever-popular choral piece bids fair to be the most impressive reading of the piece in years and one that at a stroke become the definitive available version.

The Dunedin Consort's performance of Handel's Ode for St Cecilia's Day sees them joined for the first time by tenor Ian Bostridge and soprano Carolyn Sampson. Bostridge demonstrates the technical mastery and vocal precision that has seen him win many of the major international record prizes in his twenty-five year career. Highly sought-after for her refined Baroque sensibilities and pure intonation, Sampson's lyric soprano is ideally suited to Handel. Led by John Butt, with singers from the Polish Radio Choir, this rich and colourful tribute to music s patron saint is the latest in their much-lauded Handel discography, which includes Messiah, Acis & Galatea and Esther, each having won widespread acclaim. --Classical Cd Choice

So when the last and dreadful hour/ This crumbling pageant shall devour... John Dryden's apocalyptic vision of the last judgement seems uncannily relevant to present discontents: few would choose to set it to music with the stark, fierce beauty imagined by Handel at the end of his 1739Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Linn). A single, brilliant soprano declaims a chorale melody, alternating with full chorus, and is then joined by a solo trumpet to soar to the heavens: The trumpet shall be heard on high/ The dead shall live, the living die/ And music shall untune the sky. It's one of the greatest moments in all of Handel, superbly realised by Carolyn Sampson and the Dunedin Consort under John Butt, working here with the Polish Radio Choir. Ian Bostridge adds his plangent imagination to Dryden's vivid conjuring of music as the power that raises chaos into harmony, while Sampson's What passion cannot music raise and quell is vividly touching. --The Observer

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