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Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day; Concerto Grosso, Op. 6/7 / Mary Bevan, soprano; Ed Lyon, tenor, Ludus Baroque

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : A Song for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.6/7, HWV 325
>Handel, George Frideric : Look Down, Harmonious Saint, cantata for tenor, strings & continuo, HWV 124
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Notes & Reviews:

Following the widespread critical acclaim of their debut recording Alexander's Feast, Ludus Baroque brings their celebrated verve to Handel's Song for St. Cecilia's Day. Coupled with his miniature cantata for tenor, "Look Down, Harmonious Saint," which Handel wrote to supplement performances of Alexander's Feast, and with the Concerto Grosso in B-flat, written in his fruitful autumn of 1739, Handel approaches the setting of this second text by John Dryden with the same extraordinary vividness of detail and metrical virtuosity as Alexander's Feast.

Early Music Today
Fizzes with energy, sounding fresh off the page. Virtually every aria, clearly and beautifully articulated by the soloists, is a gem.

The Observer, 22nd July 2012
Radiant soprano Mary Bevan is in glorious form in "What passion cannot music raise and quell?", while the chorus is outstanding throughout, singing with beautiful diction and a light, springy edge. And exciting Ed Lyon confirms his place as one of Britain's top baroque tenors.

The Times, 3rd August 2012
Every ingredient here fuses in harmony: Handel's marvellous tunes, the young performers, John Dryden's crisply effective words, the friendly acoustics of Edinburgh's Canongate Kirk. Memorable music, delivered without frills: that's all you really need.

The Independent, 4th August 2012
The opening "Ouverture" showcases the group's vivacity and verve, before the poised tenor of Ed Lyon enters in "From Harmony, from Heav'nly Harmony".

Sunday Times, 12th August 2012
I warm to the conductor's big-boned, exhibitionist Handel style and the youthful-sounding vigour of the choir. The basses are wonderfully resonant...Mary Bevan's bright, tangy soprano gets the lion's share of the solos, especially radiant in "What passion cannot music raise and quell?" and "Oh, what art can teach".

The Independent, 26th August 2012
Orchestrally and chorally, it has tremendous buoyancy. Solos for flute, organ and cello are artfully phrased, while soprano Mary Bevan and tenor Ed Lyon add zest to Handel's high-arching settings of Dryden's verse.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
The ode receives an orderly performance. I wish there were double the number of string-players: the sonority of only six violins is insufficiently grand for the overture's opening...The unaffected 19-strong choir outweights the slimline orchestra at times....but kudos to Delphian for the intelligent choice of cover art reflecting Dryden's first stanza discussing the creation of the universe.

International Record Review, October 2012
Ludus Baroque acquits itself admirably...with instrumental exponents stylishly playing, whether in a group or in single contributions. The choral side produces fresh sounds...Bevan and Lyon serve the music laudably. She has a clean, limpid tone, which sits well in Handel's arias, smooth but not pale, shining but not glaring...Among [Lyon's] positive points are his natural singing and enunciation, his clean articulation of rapid notes and a pleasing tone.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
Ludus Baroque presents its qualities with unusual vividness in this spacious and measured performance...the whole choral and orchestral tableau is marvellously realised here in an acoustic that combines richness with presence. Superb vocal solos, too.

Choir & Organ, November/December 2012
A blaze of glory ... The instrumental roster includes some of the UK's leading baroque specialists and the results are every bit as elegant as one might expect in support of a responsive chorus and a pair of outstanding soloists, ...conveying Dryden's text as though their lives depended on it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh (08/08/2011-08/10/2011).



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>Handel, George Frideric : A Song for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76
  • Conductor: Richard Neville-Towle
  • Ensemble: Ludus Baroque
  • Notes: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.6/7, HWV 325
  • Conductor: Richard Neville-Towle
  • Ensemble: Ludus Baroque
  • Notes: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Look Down, Harmonious Saint, cantata for tenor, strings & continuo, HWV 124
  • Performer: Ed Lyon
  • Conductor: Richard Neville-Towle
  • Ensemble: Ludus Baroque
  • Notes: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh (08/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736