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Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (1999)

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Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (1999)

Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 596 Mb | Total time: 137:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67283/4 | Recorded: 1999

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.‘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

Performer:
Susan Gritton, soprano
Lorna Anderson, soprano
Claron McFadden, soprano
Paul Agnew, tenor
Neal Davies, bass
Choir of the King’s Consort
The King’s Consort
Conductor - Robert King

Track List:
CD1:
01. OVERTURE [Grave]: Allegro - Lentement - Allegro Moderato
02. PART ONE. Accompagnato: Hence, loathed Melancholy
03. Accompagnato: Hence, vain deluding Joys
04. Air: Come, thou goddess fair and free
05. Air: Come rather, goddess, sage and holy
06. Air & Chorus: Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee
07. Air & Chorus: Come and trip it as you go
08. Accompagnato: Come, pensive nun, devout and pure
09. Air: Come, but keep thy wonted state
10. Accompagnato & Chorus: There, held in holy passion still
11. Recitative: Hence, loathed Melancholy!
12. Air: Mirth, admit me of thy crew
13. Accompagnato: First and chief, on golden wing
14. Air: Sweet bird, that shun'st the noise of Folly
15. Recitative: If I give thee honour due
16. Air: Mirth, admit me of thy crew
17. Air: Oft on a plat of rising ground
18. Air: Far from all resort of mirth
19. Recitative: If I give thee honour due
20. Air: Let me wander not unseen
21. Air: Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasures
22. Accompagnato: Mountains, on whose barren breast
23. Air & Chorus: Or let the merry bells ring round
CD2:
01. PART TWO. Accompagnato: Hence, vain deluding Joys
02. Air: Sometimes let gorgeous tragedy
03. Air: But O, sad virgin, that thy pow'r
04. Air: Thus, Night, oft see me in thy pale career
05. Chorus: Populous cities please me then
06. Air: There let Hymen oft appear
07. Accompagnato: Me, when the sun begins to fling
08. Air: Hide me from Day's garish eye
09. Air: I'll to the well-trod stage anon
10. Air: And ever against eating cares
11. Air: Orpheus' self may heave his head
12. Air & Chorus: These delights if thou canst give
13. Recitative: But let my due feet never fail
14. Chorus: There let the pealing organ blow
15. Air: May at last my weary age
16. Fugue: Organo ad libitum
17. Chorus: These pleasures, Melancholy, give
18. PART THREE. Accompagnato: Hence! boast not, ye profane
19. Air: Come, with native lustre shine
20. Accompagnato & Chorus: Sweet Temp'rance
21. Air: Come, with gentle hand restrain
22. Recitative: No more short life they then will spend
23. Air: Each action will derive new grace
24. Duet: As steals the morn upon the night
25. Chorus: Thy pleasures, Moderation, give


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Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (1999)