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Eccles: The Judgement of Paris, Mad Songs / Curnyn, Williams, Hulett, Bickley, et al

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  1. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Mercury: I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Mercury: II. — $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Mercury: III. Slow - $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Mercury: IV. Brisk $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: From High Olympus, and the Realms Above (Mercury, Paris) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: O Ravishing Delight! (Paris) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Fear Not, Mortal: None Shall Harm Thee (Mercury) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Happy Thou of Human Race (Mercury, Paris) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Juno: Saturnia, Wife of Thundring Jove, Am I (Juno) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Pallas: This Way, Mortal, Bend Thy Eyes (Pallas) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Venus: Hither Turn Thee, Garde Swain (Venus) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Hither Turn Thee, Gentle Swain (Venus, Pallas, Juno) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Symphony: Let Ambition Fire Thy Mind (Juno) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Awake, Awake, Thy Spirits Raise (Pallas) - Symphony $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Hark, Hark! the Glorious Voice of War (Pallas) - Symphony $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Oh What Joys Does Conquest Yield! (Pallas) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Symphony $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Stay, Lovely Youth, Delay Thy Choice (Venus) - Far from Thee Be Anxious Care (Venus, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: I Yield, I Yield, O Take the Prize (Paris) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Eccles — The Judgment of Paris: Hither All Ye Graces, All Ye Loves (Grand Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Eccles — The Comical History of Don Quixote: I Burn, I Burn, My Brain Consumes to Ashes $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Eccles, John : The Judgment of Paris or the Prize Music, masque
>Eccles, John : Mad Songs (3)
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
Christian Curnyn elegantly captures the unique charms of Eccles's music. ... as Venus, Lucy Crowe's melting lyricism, delicately underpinned by plucked and bowed instruments, is irresistible; the vigour of Claire Boothe (Pallas) and dignity of Susan Bickley (Juno) are equally impressive.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Eccles's one-act 'semi-opera' (1701) calls for five solo singers, a choir and relatively modest instrumental resources - four-part strings, four trumpets, two recorders, kettledrums and continuo.

Absent are castrati and countertenors.

The music is tuneful, the boundaries between recitatives and airs often blurred. To address the lack of anguish or whiff of treachery in the masque, three 'mad' arias by the composer, each sung by a different soprano, are included at the end. The Early Opera Company band delivers delicately balanced homophonic accompaniments to the airs, varied by ground basses that remind us of Henry Purcell, and occasional solos, duos and quartets. As charming as it is, it doesn't bear comparison with opera seria of the day and, in particular, Handel's Rinaldo, presented to London audiences a decade later.

Christian Curnyn offers an unaffected, faithful reading of the printed score. If anything, it is understated, the instrumental forces reduced (the premiere employed 85 musicians in addition to the 'verse singers') and the recording acoustic intimate. Lucy Crowe's Venus may win the prize, but all of the soloists contribute beautifully judged portrayals.

Gramophone Magazine
Christian Curnyn offers an unaffected, faithful reading of the printed score. If anything, it is understated, the instrumental forces reduced... and the recording acoustic intimate. Lucy Crowe's Venus may win the prize, but all of the soloists contribute beautifully judged portrayals.

The Observer
Really stylish singing by Lucy Crowe, Susan Bickley and Claire Booth as the three goddesses, with Juno the clear winner in the magnificently relentless number "Let Ambition Fire Thy Mind", and lithe playing and singing under a rising young baroque conductor.



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>Eccles, John : The Judgment of Paris or the Prize Music, masque
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Claire Booth (Soprano); Lucy Crowe (Soprano); Benjamin Hulett (Voice); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Christian Curnyn
  • Ensemble: Early Opera Company
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/22/2008-07/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1701

>Eccles, John : Mad Songs (3)
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Claire Booth (Soprano); Lucy Crowe (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christian Curnyn
  • Ensemble: Early Opera Company
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (07/22/2008-07/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque