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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. 

Sound Samples

The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Mercury: -
The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Mercury: -
The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Mercury: Slow -
The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Mercury: Brisk
The Judgment of Paris: From high Olympus, and the Realms above (Mercury, Paris)
The Judgment of Paris: O Ravishing Delight! (Paris)
The Judgment of Paris: Fear not, Mortal: none shall harm thee (Mercury)
The Judgment of Paris: Happy thou of Human Race (Mercury, Paris)
The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Juno: Saturnia, Wife of Thundring Jove, am I (Juno)
The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Pallas: This way, Mortal, bend thy Eyes (Pallas)
The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Venus: Hither turn thee, garde Swain (Venus)
The Judgment of Paris: Hither turn thee, gentle Swain (Venus, Pallas, Juno)
The Judgment of Paris: Distracted I turn, but I cannot decide (Paris) - Apart let me view then each heav'nly Fair (Paris)
The Judgment of Paris: Symphony: Let Ambition fire thy Mind (Juno)
The Judgment of Paris: Awake, awake, thy Spirits raise (Pallas) - Symphony
The Judgment of Paris: Hark, hark! the glorious Voice of War (Pallas) - Symphony
The Judgment of Paris: Oh what Joys does Conquest yield! (Pallas)
The Judgment of Paris: O how glorious 'tis to see (Chorus)
The Judgment of Paris: Symphony
The Judgment of Paris: Stay, lovely Youth, delay thy Choice (Venus) - Far from thee be anxious Care (Venus, Chorus)
The Judgment of Paris: Nature fram'd thee sure for Loving (Venus) - Fairest she, all Nymphs transcending (Venus)
The Judgment of Paris: I yield, I yield, O take the Prize (Paris)
The Judgment of Paris: Hither all ye Graces, all ye Loves (Grand Chorus)
She Ventures, and He Wins: Restless in Thought disturb'd in Mind
The Way of the World: Love's but the frailty of the Mind
The Comical History of Don Quixote: I Burn, I burn, my Brain consumes to Ashes

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