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Handel: 'As steals the morn' - Arias & Scenes for Tenor / Mark Padmore, tenor; The English Concert; Manze

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Alceste
>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>Handel, George Frideric : Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano
>Handel, George Frideric : Samson
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda
>Handel, George Frideric : Esther
>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This specially-priced reissue of one of the label's finest recordings is packaged with a complete 2015 harmonia mundi catalog. Mark Padmore is the star here, singing a dramatic collection of solo arias and scenes for tenor drawn for oratorio and opera. This is truly some of Handel's most lovely music, and it is given brilliant performances by The English Concert, led by Andrew Manze. Padmore is joined by the acclaimed soprano Lucy Crowe for the title track.

BBC Music Magazine
Handel was one of the first Baroque composers to invest his talents in the tenor voice and here this unique English legacy is recalled. Through his shading, dynamic range and commitment to the text, Padmore seduces the listener.

MusicWeb International, 17th February 2015
Hearing him in this repertoire is a delight...Throughout, Padmore sings with beauty of tone and generosity of feeling. His ornamentations are always sensitive and never intrusive, and equal plaudits should go to the transparent playing of The English Concert and Andrew Manze's similarly sensitive direction.

The Guardian
His accounts of Where'er You Walk from Semele, and Waft Her Angels from Jephtha, are unfolded with rapt intensity; As Steals the Morn upon the Night from L'Allegro, in which he's partnered by soprano Lucy Crowe, has exactly the right vernal delicacy...What's missing are the moments when Padmore gets a grip on the music, when he takes charge dramatically.

The Times
Tenors are fighter pilots - dashing, heroic, unhappy out of the limelight - and Padmore is an ace among them, soaring through this disc on a velvet voice in various Handelian guises...His blinded Samson is harrowingly persuasive in 'Total Eclipse', he shows off impressive no-breath acrobatics in Jephtha and dramatises outrageously in the Tamerlano extract.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (10/2006).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Alceste :: Act IV. Enjoy the sweet Elysian grove
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1750

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele :: Act II. 3. Where'er you walk
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno :: Part I. Urne voi
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano :: Act I, 1. Forte e lieto
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1724.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano :: Act III, 10. Oh per me lieto, avventuroso giorno!
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1724.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano :: Act III, 10. Figlia mia / Accompagnato 'Tu, spietato
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1724.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Act I, 2
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Act II, 2. Did love constrain thee?
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Act II, 2. Your charms to ruin led the way
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Act III, 1. Let but that spirit / Accompagnato 'Then shall i make
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Act III, 1. Thus when the sun from's wat'ry bed
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Act III, 6. Fatto inferno
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1725.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Act III, 6. Pastorello d'un povero armento
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1725.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Esther :: Act I, 2. Tune your harps
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Act II, 2. Heav'n smiles once more
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1752.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Act II, 2. His mighty arm
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1752.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: Act III, 1. Waft her, angels
  • Performer: Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1752.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752

>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato :: Part III. As steals the morn
  • Performers: Lucy Crowe (Soprano); Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Notes: Composition written: 1740.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1740