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William Hayes: Six Cantatas; Orpheus & Euridice

Audio Samples

>Hayes, William : Cantata no 1 "A winter scene at Ross in Herefordshire", for voice, cello & continuo
>Hayes, William : Cantata no 2 "Why, Lysidas, shou'd Man be vain", for voice, 2 violins & continuo
>Hayes, William : Cantata no 3 "While I listen to thy voice, Chloris", for voice, cello & continuo
>Hayes, William : Cantata no 4 "Chloe's dream", for voice, 2 violins & continuo
>Hayes, William : Cantata no 5 "To Venus a rant", for voice & continuo
>Hayes, William : Cantata no 6 "An ode to Echo", for voice, flute, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass & continuo
>Hayes, William : Orpheus & Euridice ("When the fair consort"), ode for 3 voices, chorus, 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, c

Album Summary

>Hayes, William : Cantata no 1 "A winter scene at Ross in Herefordshire", for voice, cello & continuo
>Hayes, William : Cantata no 2 "Why, Lysidas, shou'd Man be vain", for voice, 2 violins & continuo
>Hayes, William : Cantata no 3 "While I listen to thy voice, Chloris", for voice, cello & continuo
>Hayes, William : Cantata no 4 "Chloe's dream", for voice, 2 violins & continuo
>Hayes, William : Cantata no 5 "To Venus a rant", for voice & continuo
>Hayes, William : Cantata no 6 "An ode to Echo", for voice, flute, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass & continuo
>Hayes, William : Orpheus & Euridice ("When the fair consort"), ode for 3 voices, chorus, 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, c
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Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
A collectors' item for sure! William Hayes (1708-77) was a contemporary of Handel. Whereas the music of several of Handel's contemporaries - Thomas Arne, William Boyce, John Stanley - has been deservedly resurrected and recorded in recent years. This two-disc set presents the six cantatas and then the Orpheus and Euridice ode. Six of Hayes's odes survive, and all were written for various Oxford ceremonies. All works are impeccably performed by a collection of highly capable singers under the direction of one of the veterans of early music, Anthony Rooley. The sound is excellent, the notes informative.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
An intriguing collection of six solo cantatas...Tubb's voice may have lost some of its lustre nowadays but her experienced story-telling pays dividends.

International Record Review, July/August 2013
They are consistently rewarding even though to pretend they possess Handel's sheer inventiveness would do neither man any favours...all in all this is an involving performance and plays a welcome part in bringing a neglected composer a little into the light.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Landgasthof Riehen, Switzerland (09/2012).



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Works Details

>Hayes, William : Cantata no 1 "A winter scene at Ross in Herefordshire", for voice, cello & continuo
  • Performer: Paul Bentley
  • Conductor: Anthony Rooley
  • Ensemble: SCB Hayes Players
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Hayes, William : Cantata no 2 "Why, Lysidas, shou'd Man be vain", for voice, 2 violins & continuo
  • Performer: Mirjam Berli
  • Conductor: Anthony Rooley
  • Ensemble: SCB Hayes Players
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Hayes, William : Cantata no 3 "While I listen to thy voice, Chloris", for voice, cello & continuo
  • Performer: David Munderloh (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Anthony Rooley
  • Ensemble: SCB Hayes Players
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Hayes, William : Cantata no 4 "Chloe's dream", for voice, 2 violins & continuo
  • Performer: Evelyn Tubb
  • Conductor: Anthony Rooley
  • Ensemble: SCB Hayes Players
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Hayes, William : Cantata no 5 "To Venus a rant", for voice & continuo
  • Performer: David Munderloh (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Anthony Rooley
  • Ensemble: SCB Hayes Players
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Hayes, William : Cantata no 6 "An ode to Echo", for voice, flute, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass & continuo
  • Performer: Evelyn Tubb
  • Conductor: Anthony Rooley
  • Ensemble: SCB Hayes Players
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Hayes, William : Orpheus & Euridice ("When the fair consort"), ode for 3 voices, chorus, 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, c
  • Conductor: Anthony Rooley
  • Ensemble: SCB Hayes Players
  • Running Time: 28 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1735