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Handel: Ode For St Cecilia's Day / Pinnock, Lott, Johnson

Release Date: 02/06/2008 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 419220   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Felicity LottAnthony Rolfe Johnson
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English ConcertEnglish Concert Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Verses in praise of music for St Cecilia's Day were fashionable in the seventeenth century but in poetic inspiration none equalled Dryden's two poems in which he attempts to imitate the effects of music in language. He wrote this one, his Song for St Cecilia's Day, in 1687; it was set to music during the poet's lifetime but not, of course, by Handel whose setting dates from 1739... The highlight of Handel's score for me is, without question, his hauntingly beautiful setting of Dryden's second stanza, ''What Passion cannot Musick raise and quell!''. Here, especially, Handel matches a text which Dr Johnson regarded as exhibiting the highest flights of fancy with a tenderly expressive cello obbligato. Trevor Pinnock achieves affecting results. Read more Felicity Lott has a warm timbre and I like the way Pinnock introduces a theorbo to the texture. The tenor, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, makes a robust contribution... Pinnock['s] English Concert Choir...is made up of some of the best names in the business... Strongly recommended.

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [1/1987]
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Works on This Recording

Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 51 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 

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