Handel: Alceste / Lucy Crowe, Benjamin Hulett, Andrew Foster-Williams - Christian Curnyn

> Alceste, HWV 45 - Ouverture
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Grand entree
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Accompagnato: Ye happy people (Tenor)
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Triumph, Hymen, in the pair (Soprano, Chorus)
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Still caressing and caress'd (Soprano, Chorus)
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Air: Ye swift minutes as ye fly (Tenor)
> Alceste, HWV 45 - O bless, ye pow'rs above (Chorus)
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Air: Gentle Morpheus, son of night (Soprano) - That when bright Aurora's beams
> Admeto, re di Tessaglia, HWV 22 - Admeto, re di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Sinfonia
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Air: Ye fleeting shades, I come (Bass)
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Thrice happy who in life excel (Chorus)
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Air: Enjor the sweet Elysian grove (Tenor)
> Radamisto, HWV 12a - Radamisto, HWV 12a: Passacaille
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Si replica il Core precedente: Thrice happy
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Air: Come, Fancy, empress of the brain (Soprano)
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Symphony and Accompagnato: He comes, he rises from below (Tenor)
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Al hail, thou mighty son of Jove! (Chorus)
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Symphony: Larghetto
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Recitative: From high Olympus' top, the seat of God (Tenor)
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Air: Tune your harps, all ye Nine (Tenor)
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Ballo primo: Un peu lentement
> Alceste, HWV 45 - L'ultimato ballo
> Alceste, HWV 45 - Triumph, thou son of Jove (Chorus)

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Alceste, incidental music, HWV 45
>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto, re di Tessaglia, HWV 22
>Handel, George Frideric : Radamisto, HWV 12a
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording of Alceste is performed by the Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn, whose other Handel recordings for Chandos have all received glowing accolades: Semele, for instance, was an Editor's Choice in Gramophone and one of the Records of 2007 in The Sunday Times. The recording of Flavio was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2011, in the Baroque Vocal category. In Alceste, Admetus, the terminally ill King of Thessaly, is promised by Apollo that he can defer his premature death if another person volunteers to die in his place. Alcestis, the beloved wife of Admetus, bravely sacrifices herself to die in his place. The hero Hercules visits his grieving friend Admetus, resolves to travel to Hades, overpowers Pluto, returns Alcestis to the world of the living, and restores her to Admetus.

"The score is of superlative quality and shows that Handel understood perfectly that for this quintessentially English theatrical impact the music had to make its impact immediately...Curnyn understands this too, and this performance has wonderful breadth...Crowe brings a gorgeous sensuality to ['Gentle Morpheus']...Hulett paces and phrases his short final aria 'Tune your harps' beautifully...Foster-Williams is impressively implacable in his single aria." -International Record Review

Sunday Times
Agreeable sequence of music with one show stopper, Calliope's Gentle Morpheus, which is the highlight here, as sung by Lucy Crowe, warmer and more sensual than the classic account by Emma Kirkby...[with] Curnyn's choral and orchestral forces on sparkling form, the disc offers more than an hour of Handelian delight.

bbc.co.uk - Graham Rogers
Curnyn's lively and sensitive approach makes a strong case for this little-known score.

BBC Music Magazine
Curnyn's delicious recording of the surviving score is amplified with a sinfonia from Admeto and a passacaglia from Radamisto. These fizzily, sexily swung orchestral additions emphasise the parallels between Handel's incidental music and Purcell's music for King Arthur, The Fairy Queen and The Tempest...Alcestis's journey to the Underworld is enchanting, with Curnyn's fleet strings, intimately proportioned chorus, and polished soloists.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
In style, Curnyn is just a bit more suave, Hogwood more blunt. But each is fully satisfying. The choral and instrumental forces are superb here, and the sound is quite full in Chandos's updated engineering. The packaging is exemplary.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (11/07/2011-11/08/2011).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Alceste, incidental music, HWV 45
  • Conductor: Christian Curnyn
  • Ensemble: Early Opera Company
  • Notes: St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (11/07/2011-11/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1750

>Handel, George Frideric : Admeto, re di Tessaglia, HWV 22 :: Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Christian Curnyn
  • Notes: St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (11/07/2011-11/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Alceste, incidental music, HWV 45
  • Performer: Andrew Foster-Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Christian Curnyn
  • Notes: St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (11/07/2011-11/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1750

>Handel, George Frideric : Radamisto, HWV 12a :: Passacaille
  • Conductor: Christian Curnyn
  • Notes: St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (11/07/2011-11/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Alceste, incidental music, HWV 45
  • Conductor: Christian Curnyn
  • Notes: St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (11/07/2011-11/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1750