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Handel: Alexander's Feast, Ode for St Cecilia's Day / Neumann, Kermes, Hartinger, et al

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander's Feast, HWV 75
>Handel, George Frideric : Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This CD recording follows the 1739 compilation done by Handel where he coupled a newly composed Ode for St. Cecilia's Day with Alexander's Feast for a performance, although he added an older, two-part Ode to St. Cecilia to this new composition.

BBC Music Magazine
Neumann's forces respond magnificently. Solo voices have a rare, natural ease. In Alexander's Feast, Simone Kermes's accompanied recitative... is breathtaking; Konstantin Wolff is thrilling in 'Revenge Timotheus cries' and terrifyingly evocative as bassoons conjure up 'a ghastly band [of ghosts]'... The clarity...27 voices, while the orchestra, similarly proportioned, is splendidly taut. In short, this recording is an outstanding contribution to the Handel anniversary celebrations.

Gramophone Magazine
Collegium Cartusianum play with suppleness, unforced strength in extrovert numbers and sensitivity in quieter and more lyrical moments... Simone Kermes's melancholic delivery of the pitiful "He chose a mournful muse" is breathtaking... The Cologne Chamber Choir is excellent: the voices in the opening phrase of "The list'ning crowd" seem to float effortlessly... "Break his bands of sleep asunder" is sensational and the falling cadences evoking "heav'nly harmony" are beautifully balanced during the first chorus of the shorter ode.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander's Feast, HWV 75
  • Performers: Virgil Hartinger (Tenor); Simone Kermes (Soprano); Konstantin Wolff (Bass Baritone)
  • Ensemble: Collegium Cartusianum
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76
  • Performers: Virgil Hartinger (Tenor); Simone Kermes (Soprano); Konstantin Wolff (Bass Baritone)
  • Ensemble: Collegium Cartusianum
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1739