Paul McCreesh

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Born: 1960; London, England  
Paul McCreesh is one of the better-known figures on London's active early music scene, particularly as a conductor of small ensemble music of the Baroque.

He grew up playing the cello. While at Manchester University, he formed a student chamber choir and ensemble of period instruments. In 1982 he organized it formally as the Gabrieli Consort and Players. Although the ensemble played a considerable amount of the well-known
Read more eighteenth-century Baroque music of Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi, McCreesh retained a special interest in earlier Baroque and even late Renaissance music (as implied by his ensemble's name), covering the time period between the Gabrieli brothers and the Purcell brothers.

He brought the Gabrieli Consort and Players to a prominent position, confirmed by their being signed, in 1993, as exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artists. (They appear mainly on DG's specialized early music label, Archiv Produktionen.) His first recording for the label, Venetian Vespers, won the Gramophone Award for Early Music in 1993, and a nomination for the American Grammy Award. Subsequent discs devoted to music of Palestrina and Praetorius have won other coveted prizes, including the Diapason d'Or, the Deutschen Schallplatten Preis, and the Edison Award, and the 1998 release, A Requiem for Philip II won the Choc de la Musique.

McCreesh has conducted the Gabrieli Consort & Players at major venues and festivals. They were invited in 1995 to open Paris's Cité de la Musique (that year's theme: A Venetian Festival), have appeared at the BBC Henry Woods Promenade Concerts, and, in 1996, performed their first opera, Handel's Orlando, in concert. In a rare foray outside their usual time period, McCreesh conducted the Consort & Players at the City of London Festival in Anton Bruckner's Mass in E minor, interpolating appropriate motets by Palestrina.

McCreesh's activities aside from leading the Gabrieli include active appearances as guest conductor in the U.K., Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States. He conducted a fully staged production of Carissimi's Jepthe in San Antonio, Texas, and has conducted the Netherlands Bach Society in the German master's Magnificat and selected cantatas. He has conducted Handel in the composer's birth town of Halle, and Purcell in Washington, D.C. In more standard repertory, he has conducted the Newcastle Sinfonia in music of Stravinsky and Elgar, Fauré's Requiem, and Beethoven's Eroica Symphony. Read less

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Born: 1960; London, England  
Paul McCreesh is one of the better-known figures on London's active early music scene, particularly as a conductor of small ensemble music of the Baroque.

He grew up playing the cello. While at Manchester University, he formed a student chamber choir and ensemble of period instruments. In 1982 he organized it formally as the Gabrieli Consort and Players. Although the ensemble played a considerable amount of the well-known
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Biber: Missa Salisburgensis - Kyrie
Biber: Missa Salisburgensis - Gloria
Biber: Missa Salisburgensis - Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes: Sonata XII
Biber: Missa Salisburgensis - Credo
Biber: Missa Salisburgensis - Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes: Sonata V
Biber: Missa Salisburgensis - Sanctus - Benedictus
Biber: Missa Salisburgensis - Agnus Dei
Biber: Missa Salisburgensis - Sonata Sancti Polycarpi
Biber: Missa Salisburgensis - Motet "Plaudite tympana"
A Venetian Coronation 1595: Kyrie ŕ 12 (Andrea Gabrieli, 1587)
A Venetian Coronation 1595: Kyrie ŕ 12 (Andrea Gabrieli, 1587)
A Venetian Coronation 1595: Gloria ŕ 16 (Andrea Gabrieli, 1587)
A Venetian Coronation 1595: Gloria ŕ 16 (Andrea Gabrieli, 1587)
A Venetian Coronation 1595: Sanctus & Benedictus ŕ 12 (Andrea Gabrieli, 1587)
A Venetian Coronation 1595: Sanctus & Benedictus ŕ 12 (Andrea Gabrieli, 1587)
A Venetian Coronation 1595: Sanctus & Benedictus ŕ 12 (Andrea Gabrieli, 1587)
A Venetian Coronation 1595: Sanctus & Benedictus ŕ 12 (Andrea Gabrieli, 1587)
A Venetian Coronation 1595: Motet: Omnes gentes ŕ 16 (Giovanni Gabrieli, 1597)
A Venetian Coronation 1595: Motet: Omnes gentes ŕ 16 (Giovanni Gabrieli, 1597)
The Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba
Overture
" Your harps and cymbals"
" Praise ye the Lord "
" With pious heart "
" Almighty Power "
Imperial Salomon
Sacred raptures
" Throughout the land "
Bless'd be the Lord
What tho' I trace
" And see my Queen "
" Bless'd the day "
Thou fair inhabitant of Nile
Welcome as the dawn of day
Vain are the transient beauties
Indulge thy faith
My blooming fair
Haste to the cedar grove
When thou art absent
With thee th'unshelter'd moor
Search round the world
" May no rash intruder "
" From the censer "
Prais'd be the Lord
When the sun o'er yonder hills
Great prince
Thrice bless'd that wise discerning king
" My sovereign liege "
Words are weak
What says the other
Thy sentence, great king
Withhold, withhold the executing hand!
Can I see my infant gor'd
" Israel' attend "
" Thrice bless'd be the king "
" From the east unto the west "
From morn to eve
See the tall palm
No more shall armed bands
Beneath the vine
" Swell, swell the full chorus "
Sinfony
" From Arabia's spicy shores "
Ev'ry sight these eyes behold
Sweep, sweep the string
Music, spread thy voice around
" Now a diff'rent measure" - " Shake the dome "
Then at once from rage remove
Draw the tear from hopeless love
Next the tortur'd soul release
Thus rolling surge rise
" Thy harmony's divine "
Pious king
Thrice happy king
Golden columns
" Praise the Lord "
Gold now is common
How green our fertile pastures look!
May peace in Salem
Will the sun forget to streak
Adieu, fair queen
Ev'ry joy that wisdom knows
The name of the wicked
Epistle: "So schreibt der heilig Propheten Jesajas"
Epistle: "So schreibt der heilig Propheten Jesajas"
Epistle: "So schreibt der heilig Propheten Jesajas"
Introduction: The Representation Of Chaos
In The Beginning God Created The Heaven And The Earth - And The Spirit Of God
Now Vanish Before The Holy Beams - Despairing, Cursing Rage
And God Made The Firmament
The Glorious Heav'nly Hierarchy
And God Said: Let The Waters Under The Heaven Be Gathered Together
Rolling In Foaming Billows
And God Said: Let The Earth Bring Forth Grass
With Verdure Clad The Fields Appear
And The Heavenly Host The Third Day Proclaimed
Awake The Harp, The Lyre Awake
And God Said: Let There Be Lights In The Firmament Of Heaven
In Brightest Splendour Rises Now The Sun
The Heavens Are Telling The Glory Of God
And God Said: Let The Waters Bring Forth Abundantly
On Mighty Pens Uplifted Soars The Eagle
And God Created Great Whales
And The Angels Struck Their Immortal Harps
Most Beautiful Appear, With Verdure Young Adorn'd - The Lord Is Great
And God Said: Let The Earth Bring Forth The Living Creature
Straight Opening Her Fertile Womb
Now Heaven In Fullest Glory Shines
And God Created Man
In Native Worth And Honour Clad
And God Saw Ev'rything That He Had Made
Achieved Is The Glorious Work
In Rosy Mantle Now Appears
By Thee With Bliss, O Bounteous Lord
Our Duty Have We Now Perform'd
Graceful Consort!
O Happy Pair
Praise The Lord, Uplift Your Voices
1. Kyrie
2. Gloria
J.S. Bach: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - Version: Paul McCreesh - 1. Sinfonia
J.S. Bach: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - Version: Paul McCreesh - 2. Adagio
J.S. Bach: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - Version: Paul McCreesh - 3. Chorus: Kommt, eilet und laufet
J.S. Bach: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - Version: Paul McCreesh - 4. Recitativo: O kalter Männer Sinn (alto, soprano, tenor, bass)
J.S. Bach: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - Version: Paul McCreesh - 5. Aria: Seele, deine Spezereien (soprano)
J.S. Bach: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - Version: Paul McCreesh - 6. Recitativo: Hier ist die Gruft (tenor, bass, alto)
J.S. Bach: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - Version: Paul McCreesh - 7. Aria: Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer (tenor)
J.S. Bach: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - Version: Paul McCreesh - 8. Recitativo: Indessen seufzen wir (soprano, alto)
J.S. Bach: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - Version: Paul McCreesh - 9. Aria: Saget, saget mir geschwinde (alto)
J.S. Bach: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - Version: Paul McCreesh - 10. Recitativo: Wir sind erfreut (bass)
J.S. Bach: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - Version: Paul McCreesh - 11. Chorus: Preis und Dank
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Chorus: "Magnificat"
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Aria: "Et exsultavit spiritus meus"
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Aria: "Quia respexit humilitatem" (soprano I)
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Chorus: "Omnes generationes"
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Aria: "Quia fecit mihi magna" (bass)
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Aria (Duet): "Et misericordia" (alto, tenor)
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Chorus: "Fecit potentiam"
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Aria: "Deposuit potentes" (tenor)
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Aria: "Esurientes implevit bonis" (alto)
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Trio: Suscepit Israel (soprano I, II, alto)
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Chorus: "Sicut locutus est"
J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Chorus: "Gloria Patri"
Domine ad adiuvandum a 6
Antiphona ad Psalmum 109: Missus est Angelus Gabriel
Psalmus I: Dixit Dominus a 6
Nigra sum a 1
Antiphona ad Psalmum 112: Ave Maria gratia plena
Psalmus II: Laudate, pueri Dominum a 8
Antiphona ad Psalmum 121: Ne timeas Maria
Psalmus III: Laetatus sum a 6
Antiphona ad Psalmum 126: Dabit ei Dominus
Psalmus IV: Nisi Dominus a 10
Antiphona ad Psalmum 147: Ecce ancilla Domini
Psalmus V: Lauda Jerusalem a 7
Pulchra es a 2
Antiphona ad "Ave Maris stella": Ecce virgo concipiet
Ave maris stella a 8
Versicle after "Ave maris stella": Ave Maria gratia plena
Antiphona ad Magnificat: Spiritus sanctus in te descendet
Magnificat I a 7 - Magnificat anima mea
Magnificat I a 7 - Et exultavit
Magnificat I a 7 - Quia respexit
Magnificat I a 7 - Quia fecit
Magnificat I a 7 - Et misericordia
Magnificat I a 7 - Fecit potentiam
Magnificat I a 7 - Deposuit potentes
Magnificat I a 7 - Esurientes implevit
Magnificat I a 7 - Suscepit Israel
Magnificat I a 7 - Sicut locutus est
Magnificat I a 7 - Gloria Patri et Filio
Magnificat I a 7 - Sicut erat in principio
Sonata sopra Sancta Maria a 1
Post Magnificat: Dominus vobiscum - Deus qui de beatae Mariae virginis
Ante Duo Seraphim: Dominus vobiscum - Alleluia
Duo seraphim a 3
Fidelium animae
Free Improvisation
Audi coelum a 8
Conclusio: Divinum auxilium


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