This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
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.
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]
Works on This Recording
Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 by George Frideric Handel
Felicity Lott (Soprano),
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor)
English Concert Choir
Written: 1739; London, England
Date of Recording: 12/1985
Venue: Henry Wood Hall, London
Length: 51 Minutes 0 Secs.
Be the first to review this title