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Paul McCreesh - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, 1740 (2015)

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Paul McCreesh - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, 1740 (2015)
Artist: Paul McCreesh
Title Of Album: Handel: L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato, 1740
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Signum Records
Country: UK
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log, artwork)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 02:21:34
Full Size: 596 MB


Concerto Grosso in G major, Op. 6, No. 1
1-1 A Tempo Giusto
1-2 Allegro
1-3 Adagio
1-4 Allegro
1-5 Allegro

L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
1-6 Hence! Loathed Melancholy
1-7 Hence! Vain Deluding Joys
1-8 Come, Thou Goddess, Fair and Free
1-9 Come Rather, Goddess, Sage and Holy
1-10 Haste Thee, Nymph, and Bring With Thee
1-11 Come and Trip It As You Go
1-12 Come, Pensive Nun, Devout and Pure
1-13 Come, But Keep Thy Wonted State
1-14 Hence Loathed Melancholy
1-15 Mirth, Admit Me of Thy Crew
1-16 First, and Chief, On Golden Wing
1-17 Sweet Bird, That Shuns't the Noise of Folly
1-18 If I Give Thee Honour Due
1-19 Mirth, Admit Me of Thy Crew
1-20 Oft On a Plat of Rising Ground
1-21 If I Give Thee Honour Due
1-22 Let Me Wander, Not Unseen
1-23 Or Let the Merry Bells Ring Round

Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op. 6, No. 3
1-24 Larghetto
1-25 Andante
1-26 Allegro
1-27 Polonaise - Andante
1-28 Allegro, Ma Non Troppo

L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
1-29 Hence, Vain Deluding Joys
1-30 But O! Sad Virgin, That Thy Power
1-31 Thus, Night, Oft See Me in Thy Pale Career

L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
2-1 Populous Cities Please Me Then
2-2 There Let Hymen Oft Appear
2-3 Me, When the Sun Begins to Fling
2-4 Hide Me from Day's Garish Eye
2-5 I'll to the Well-trod Stage Anon
2-6 And Ever Against Eating Cares
2-7 These Delights If Thou Canst Give
2-8 But Let My Due Feet Never Fail
2-9 There Let the Pealing Organ Blow
2-10 These Pleasures, Melancholy, Give

Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op. 7, No. 1
2-11 Andante
2-12 Largo E Piano
2-13 Fuga
2-14 Adagio - Organo Ad Libitum
2-15 Bouree

L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
2-16 Hence! Boast Not, Ye Profane
2-17 Come, With Native Lustre Shine
2-18 Come, With Gentle Hand Restrain
2-19 No More Short Life They Then Will Spend
2-20 Each Action Will Derive New Grace
2-21 As Steals the Morn Upon the Night
2-22 Thy Pleasure, Moderation Give

Handel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato was composed in 1740, and musically it shares much with Messiah, from a couple of years later. It has been comparatively neglected because, in several ways, it does not hang together as well as the later work. Based on a pair of poems by John Milton, L'Allegro (The Joyful One) and Il Penseroso (The Thoughtful One), with a third middle-of-the-road type added by Messiah librettist Charles Jennens (whom one satirist dubbed "Il Moderatissimo"), the work has been called an oratorio, a semi-oratorio, a pastoral ode, and more. It has no plot to speak of, and Handel kept revising the work to suit new performance demands, with the result that its performance tradition has accumulated a large number of random arias. This performance by conductor Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort & Players represents an attempt to reconstruct what Handel intended for the original performance, and far from being an exercise, this results in a concise work with a persuasive alternation of big, Messiah-like choruses and arias that embody the qualities depicted in the poems. For those who love Messiah and have never heard this work, sample the opening chorus-and-bass number on CD 2, "Populous cities please me then," with its big musical spaces. McCreesh introduces each of the work's three sections with an instrumental concerto, something well attested to in the original sources, and he benefits from an exceptionally strong group of soloists who capture the moods essential to what logic the work has. Strongly recommended for anyone interested in going beyond the Handelian basics. -- James Manheim

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