Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76, Concerto for Organ No. 13 HWV 295 & Coronation Anthems HWV 258 ''Zadok the Priest''

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Diego Fasolis, Diego Fasolis
Solist: Julia Gooding, Francesco Cera, Jeremy Ovenden
Chorus: Coro della Radio Svizzera
Orchestra: I Barocchisti
Genre: Baroque
Label: SACD
Booklet with lyrics/libretto: yes
CDs / Unit: 1
Cat-Nr.: 47739-8
Total Time: 61:35
Recording Date: 03.05/04.08/05.08
Technology: Hybrid: 5+1 surround and stereo high resolution (DSD technique) + stereo CD layer
Release Date: 01.10.2008

Description

The ''Ode on St. Cecilia's Day'' was originally written in the year 1697 by John Dryden (1631-1700), one of the major poets of the classical era. The work is dedicated to Saint Cecilia, a Christian martyr, who had become the patroness of all musicians due to her fabulous musical skills.

The encounter with Dryden's Ode for Cecilia was Handel's first ''contact'' with English poetry. He set it into music after his position as a composer of Italian operas began to falter. The composition of an Ode, in line with English national tradition, enabled him to reaffirm his position in English musical life.

Two other works by Handel grace this release, whose link with the first Handel work might seem unusual at first sight, but which were however taken up and played by Handel himself in similar combination many times during his concert series:

Alongside the Cecilia-Ode, the Concerto for Organ No. 13 HWV 295 as well as the festive anthem ''Zadok the Priest'' are presented in a brilliant and spirited way by the well-known Ensemble ''I Barocchisti'' and the ''Coro della Radio Svizzera'' under the leadership of Diego Fasolis.

Don't miss this wonderful recording, presented by ARTS with 24bit/96kHz multichannel sound on a Hybrid SACD.

Table of MP3 Tracks

No. Tracktitle Tracktime Price put into basket  
Disc 1
1
Overture
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76
04.13 0,99 €
2
I. From Harmony, recitativo
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76
02.53 0,99 €
3
II. From Harmony, from heav'nly Harmony
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76
03.32 0,99 €
4
III. What passion cannot Music raise
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76
06.35 2,00 €
5
IV. The trumpet's loud clagour
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76
03.27 0,99 €
6
V. March
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76
01.47 0,99 €
7
VI. The soft complaining flute
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76
04.40 0,99 €
8
VII. Sharp violins proclaim
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76
04.21 0,99 €
9
VIII. But oh! What art can teach
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76
03.44 0,99 €
10
IX. Orpheus could lead the savage race
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76
01.34 0,99 €
11
X. Buty bright Cecilia
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76
00.37 0,99 €
12
XI. As from the power of sacred lays
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day HWV 76
06.57 2,00 €
13
I. Larghetto
Concerto for Organ No. 13 in F Major HWV 295
02.30 0,99 €
14
II. Allegro
Concerto for Organ No. 13 in F Major HWV 295
03.20 0,99 €
15
III. Larghetto
Concerto for Organ No. 13 in F Major HWV 295
03.17 0,99 €
16
IV. Allegro
Concerto for Organ No. 13 in F Major HWV 295
03.05 0,99 €
17
''Zadok the Priest''
Coronation Anthems HWV 258
04.59 0,99 €

Reviews:

Toccata (01.09.2009)


(...) fast, easy, fluffy and absolute convincingly designed and recorded (...).

American Record Guide (31.07.2009)


Fasolis offers honest period-style value, with Ovenden a strong-toned tenor and Gooding a particularly warm and beguiling soprano in the solos. (Barker)

Fanfare (31.05.2009)


Handel's Ode is, suitably, a tour-de-force for all concerned. Vibrant, tuneful arias, energetic and magnificently constructed choruses and fully involved instrumental parts all make for a whole that is matchlessly set to John Dryden's texts (...). (...) both the solo and choral work are superb. Fasolis's vivacious reading might just launch this one into the top slot. Recommended with enthusiasm. (Steven E. Ritter)

Muzyka21 (01.04.2009)


4 Stars (Pawel Chmielowski)

MusicWeb International (01.02.2009)


(...) the choir produces a nice warm sound. (Johan van Veen)

Read the complete review here. See also review by Robert Hugill.

Fono Forum (01.02.2009)


Music/Sound: 4 Stars. He [Fasolis] drives dynamics and tempos to the limits - both in slow and fast movements. This gives the coronation anthem an almost ecstatic character. (RE)

Gramophone (01.02.2009)


Fine playing and choral singing in this ode to Music's patron saint. Diego Fasolis directs his Swiss-Italian forces in a neatly characterised and pleasing performance. The finest aspects of the ode's performance are the refined moulding of the choral phrases and the excellent playing from I Barocchisti. (...) the performance of the Organ Concerto No. 13 is enchanting. (David Vickers)

Audiophile Audition (26.01.2009)


(...) this release strikes me as a completely successful performance and surround sound recording. The closing fugal Grand Chorus is thrilling in its depiction of the de-tuning of the world. This has to be the best performance in surround I've heard, just full of energy and spirit. (John Sunier)

pizzicato (01.01.2009)


[We are dealing with a] wisely structured and beautifully phrased interpretation, which relies not only on a slender, transparent sound, but allows itself to dramatic outbursts. (ge)

MusicWeb International (01.12.2008)


As soon as [the] disc opens we are treated to a crisp and lively account of Handels' fine overture - he was so pleased with it, he turned it into a Concerto Grosso. The group's performance is vivid and lively without ever sounding rushed, you want to hear what comes next. Zadok the Priest is a sure-fit hit and proves a fine conclusion to the disc. (Robert Hugill)

Read the complete review here. See also the review by Johan van Veen.

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