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Eccles: The Judgment Of Paris, Mad Songs / Curnyn, Crowe, Hulett, Early Opera Company

Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 759   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Eccles
Performer:  Ben HulettClaire BoothLucy CroweRoderick Williams,   ... 
Conductor:  Christian Curnyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Opera Company ChorusEarly Opera Company
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Disc of the Month Christian Curnyn, whose reputation continues to grow in the world of Baroque opera, here conducts the world premiere recording of Judgment of Paris performed by the award-winning Early Opera Company, along with a stellar cast of soloists. One of the earliest all-sung English operas, this one-act opera by John Eccles was composed in 1700 for a competition advertised in the London Gazette. Created by the 'Persons of Quality', a group of noblemen headed by Lord Halifax, the purpose of the competition was an ambitious and worthy one, namely the development of allsung opera in English. The text came from William Congreve, widely accepted as one of England's leading playwrights. Four composers took up the challenge and to the Read more surprise of many, Eccles, the pre-competition favourite did not win, being beaten by John Weldon. However, of all the settings, Eccles's best captures the atmosphere of the London stage of the time and as a composer has since come to be recognised as one of Purcell's most gifted London contemporaries. The Early Opera Company performs The Judgment of Paris at this year's Lufthansa Baroque Festival in May. Also available: Handel: Semele CHAN 0745(3) Handel: Partenope CHAN 0719(3) Read less

Works on This Recording

The Judgment of Paris by John Eccles
Performer:  Ben Hulett (Tenor), Claire Booth (Soprano), Lucy Crowe (Soprano),
Roderick Williams (Baritone), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Curnyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Opera Company Chorus,  Early Opera Company
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1701; London, England 
Length: 45 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Mad Songs (3) by John Eccles
Performer:  Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Curnyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Opera Company
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 12 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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