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Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford - Pygott & Mason: Music for Cardinal Wolsey (1999)

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Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford - Pygott & Mason: Music for Cardinal Wolsey (1999)

Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford - Pygott & Mason: Music for Cardinal Wolsey (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 206 Mb | Total time: 52:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nimbus Records | # NI 5578 | Recorded: 1994

Cardinal Wolsey – a flamboyant patron of the arts – founded Cardinal College, Oxford, in 1525, establishing a choir that was both larger and more accomplished than King Henry VIII’s own. Following Wolsey’s notorious fall from grace in 1529, Cardinal College was renamed Christ Church and the present-day Cathedral choristers pay tribute to its first master of music, Richard Pygott.

Stephen Darlington, Oxford Philomusica - Handel: Acis & Galatea (arr. Mendelssohn) (2012)

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Stephen Darlington, Oxford Philomusica - Handel: Acis & Galatea (arr. Mendelssohn) (2012)

Stephen Darlington, Oxford Philomusica - Handel: Acis & Galatea (arr. Mendelssohn) (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 340 Mb | Total time: 75:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nimbus Alliance | # NI 6201 | Recorded: 2012

The young Felix Mendelssohn's acquaintance with Acis and Galatea was due to Carl Friedrich Zelter, his composition teacher and conductor of the Berlin Singakademie. In 1828 Zelter asked Mendelssohn, by then a student at Berlin's university, to produce rescored versions of both Acis and Galatea and the Dettingen Te Deum for the use of the Singakademie. According to Fanny these orchestrations were a quid pro quo for obtaining Zelter's blessing on Felix's proposed revival of Bach's St. Matthew Passion and securing the cooperation of the Singakademie in the venture, which came to fruition on 11 March 1829.