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As Steals The Morn - Handel: Arias And Scenes / Padmore, Manze


Release Date: 06/12/2007 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907422   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark PadmoreRobin BlazeLucy CroweKatharina Spreckelsen
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



A thoughful, original and sympathetic insight into Handel

Any eminent singer these days needs a Handel disc under his or her belt, it would seem; the programmes are often glibly planned and the results ephemeral. No fear of that here in this beguilingly rich and sensitive recital from one of the most thoughtful tenors of his generation. Underpinned by Andrew Manze’s unobtrusive and warm-hearted English Concert, Mark Padmore uses his extraordinary diction and whispering chamber-like intimacy to remind us that the most exalted tenor arias from the operas and oratorios can achieve true potency out of context.

Favourites like “Where’er you
Read more walk” and “Waft her, angels” appear to grow out of this varied programme without the sense of being lifted for a compilation; Padmore is a master of taste, restraint and unassuming gesture. “Pastorello d’un povero” is a touching vignette and the soft singing elsewhere contributes to a concentrated and affecting juxtaposition of human vice and virtue (a theme of extremes which recurs throughout) in the Tamerlano scenas. As throughout, Padmore saves the greatest emotional impact for the da capos where coloration reaches new heights.

Indeed, it is the joy in conveying the emotional core of each situation which marks out this disc. Graphic dramatic effects abound (not least the Sultan’s gradual giving up the ghost in “Figlia mia” with a croaking realism) but this is a disc which celebrates Handel’s capacity for incisive human observation, achieved more through reflective means than showpiece coloratura. It’s a persuasive and thoughtful approach.

Padmore’s lowest register can seem a touch insubstantial but this is a small gripe in a disc boasting – as its parting shot – the duet “As steals the morn”, a performance with the fine Lucy Crowe at her most alluring.

-- Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Gramophone [5/2007]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Alceste, HWV 45: Enjoy the sweet Elysian grove by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1949-1950; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Semele, HWV 58: Where'er you walk by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, HWV 46a: Urne voi by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Tamerlano, HWV 18: Forte e lieto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Tamerlano, HWV 18: Oh per me lieto, avventuroso giorno! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Samson, HWV 57: Total eclipse by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
7.
Samson, HWV 57: Did love constrain thee? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 0 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Samson, HWV 57: Your charms to ruin led the way by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: By 1743; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Samson, HWV 57: Thus when the sun from's watry bed by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Pastorello d'un povero armento by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Esther, HWV 50b: Tune your harps to cheerful strains by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Katharina Spreckelsen (Oboe), Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Jephtha, HWV 70: His mighty arm by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1752; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection begins with "Heav'n smiles once more."  
13.
Jephtha, HWV 70: Waft her, angels, through the skies by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1752; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
14.
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: As steals the morn upon the night by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor), Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1740; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Tamerlano, HWV 18: Figlia mia by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is succeeded by "Tu, spietato" 
16.
Samson, HWV 57: Let but that spirit by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 0 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is followed by "Then shall I make." 
17.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Fatto inferno by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/2006 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection preceded by "Fatto inferno." 

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 Nice pipes! February 25, 2013 By Gerald M. (Brooklyn, NY) See All My Reviews "Padmore and Manze are a great meeting of the minds. If you like Handel, you'll love this disc." Report Abuse
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