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Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (1740) / Gillian Webster, Laurence Kilsby, Jeremy Ovenden, Peter Harvey, Ashley Riches, William Whitehead. Paul McCreesh

Audio Samples

  1. Handel — Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Major, Op. 6, HWV 319: I. A tempo guisto $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Major, Op. 6, HWV 319: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Major, Op. 6, HWV 319: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Major, Op. 6, HWV 319: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Major, Op. 6, HWV 319: V. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: L’Allegro, Air "Come, thou goddess, fair and free" $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: Il Penseroso, Air "Come rather, goddess, sage and holy" $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: L’Allegro, Air & Chorus "Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee" $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: L’Allegro, Air & Chorus "Come and trip it as you go" $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: Il Penseroso, Air & Chorus "Come, but keep thy wonted state" $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: L’Allegro, Recitative "Hence loathed Melancholy" $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: L’Allegro, Air "Mirth, admit me of thy crew" $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: Il Penseroso, Air "Sweet bird, that shuns’t the noise of folly"
  14. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: L’Allegro, Recitative "If I give thee honour due" $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: L’Allegro, Air "Mirth, admit me of thy crew" $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: Il Penseroso, Air "Oft on a plat of rising ground" $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: L’Allegro, Recitative "If I give thee honour due" $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: L’Allegro, Air "Let me wander, not unseen" $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I: L’Allegro, Air & Chorus "Or let the merry bells ring round" $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel — Concerto Grosso No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 6, HWV 321: I. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel — Concerto Grosso No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 6, HWV 321: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel — Concerto Grosso No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 6, HWV 321: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel — Concerto Grosso No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 6, HWV 321: IV. Polonaise - Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Handel — Concerto Grosso No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 6, HWV 321: V. Allegro, ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part II: Il Penseroso, Air "But O! sad virgin, that thy power" $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part II: Il Penseroso, Recitative "Thus, Night, oft see me in thy pale career" $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part II: L’Allegro, Chorus "Populous cities please me then" $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part II: L’Allegro, Air "There let Hymen oft appear" $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part II: Il Penseroso, Air "Hide me from day’s garish eye" $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part II: L’Allegro, Air "I’ll to the well-trod stage anon" $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part II: L’Allegro, Air "And ever against eating cares" $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part II: L’Allegro, Air & Chorus "These delights if thou canst give" $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part II: Il Penseroso, Recitative "But let my due feet never fail" $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part II: Il Penseroso, Chorus "There let the pealing organ blow" $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part II: Il Penseroso, Organo ad libitum & Chorus "These pleasures, Melancholy, give" $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, HWV 306: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, HWV 306: II. Largo e piano $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, HWV 306: III. Fuga $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, HWV 306: IV. Adagio - Organo ad libitum $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, HWV 306: V. Bourée $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part III: Il Moderato, Air "Come, with gentle hand restrain" $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Handel — L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part III: Il Moderato, Recitative "No more short life they then will spend" $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Pastoral Ode), oratorio, HWV 55
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op.6/3, HWV 321
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.7/1, HWV 306
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following in their series of Gramophone Award and BBC Music Magazine Award winning recordings, Gabrieli's first Handel recording in over a decade is particularly special - recreating in painstaking detail the very first performance of L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, given in 1740, with additional instrumental repertoire including a Handel organ concerto and two concerti grossi. With a reputation as peerless Handelians, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & players bring meticulous research to every performance and recording project, and are joined on this disc by a stunning selection of soloists.

The Times, 15th May 2015
McCreesh's superb Gabrieli Consort and Players present all this...with flair, a pristine sense of style and infectious energy...full marks for the remarkably assured boy treble Laurence Kilsby, making his last recording before his voice broke.

The Observer, 24th May 2015
Handel's ravishing score, here realised to perfection by Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli forces, evokes these scenes with colourful precision...A glorious recording: I cannot recommend it too highly.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
Jeremy Ovenden sings with rounded, mellifluous tone and audible delight in Milton's imagery...Handel lovers can hardly fail to enjoy the mingled finesse and hedonistic delight of this new recording, its attractions enhanced by a stimulating essay from Handel scholar Ruth Smith.

Sunday Times, 31st May 2015
McCreesh's direction is both alert and expressive, and his soloists are very fine. Gillian Webster shines in Penseroso's famous nightingale aria, Sweet bird, and in the only duet in which mirth and melancholy come together - the sublime As steals the morn, one of Handel's greatest hits.

Hi-Fi Plus, June 2015
It's a joy to hear the Gabrielis give us Handel again. The attention to detail, the vibrant tone, the briskly invigorating tempi, and the seamless ensemble are everything you could wish for.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2015
The choral elements are scrupulously handled by the Gabrieli Consort, and the soloists are choice. Gillian Webster is the light, bright soprano, Laurence Kilsby the delightful treble tenor Jeremy Ovenden brings his words to life, while Peter Harvey provides a solid baritone and Ashley Riches a confident bass.

Choir & Organ, September - October 2015
The singing, from all soloists and chorus, has tremendous character and clarity, fizzing with excitement or languishing in lovely legato, and soprano Gillian Webster carries all before her with grace, easy elegance, and a ravishing range of vocal colour. McCreesh finds all the expressive opportunities in a blissful production, at times breathtakingly beautiful.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
As one would expect from McCreesh, he has put together a musically superb performance. He follows the 1740 vocal scoring, using a boy treble who has a mature voice that holds up quite well in his solos. Webser's singing is wonderful, and she is quite gripping in her great solo, 'Sweet bird'. As an exemplar of the happy life, he is vocally handsome. The two basses are up to the standards of their partners. The choral work is resoundingly splendid, and the orchestral work exemplary, including in the three concertos.

The sound is particularly vivid and realistic. The label has again supplied McCreesh with a lavish packaging, complete with full text and interesting notes. This is clearly one that will have to be contended with.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall (05/11/2013); St Paul's, Deptford (05/11/2013); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (05/11/2013); Henry Wood Hall (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Paul's, Deptford (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); Henry Wood Hall (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); St Paul's, Deptford (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (12/09/2014-12/10/2014).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
  • Performers: Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Jeremy Ovenden (Tenor); Ashley Riches; Gillian Webster (Soprano); William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: St Paul's, Deptford (05/11/2013); Henry Wood Hall (05/11/2013); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (05/11/2013); St Paul's, Deptford (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); Henry Wood Hall (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Paul's, Deptford (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); Henry Wood Hall (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (12/09/2014-12/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Pastoral Ode), oratorio, HWV 55
  • Performers: Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Jeremy Ovenden (Tenor); Ashley Riches; Gillian Webster (Soprano); William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: St Paul's, Deptford (05/11/2013); Henry Wood Hall (05/11/2013); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (05/11/2013); St Paul's, Deptford (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); Henry Wood Hall (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Paul's, Deptford (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); Henry Wood Hall (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (12/09/2014-12/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 89 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1740

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op.6/3, HWV 321
  • Performers: Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Jeremy Ovenden (Tenor); Ashley Riches; Gillian Webster (Soprano); William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: St Paul's, Deptford (05/11/2013); Henry Wood Hall (05/11/2013); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (05/11/2013); St Paul's, Deptford (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); Henry Wood Hall (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Paul's, Deptford (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); Henry Wood Hall (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (12/09/2014-12/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Pastoral Ode), oratorio, HWV 55
  • Performers: Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Jeremy Ovenden (Tenor); Ashley Riches; Gillian Webster (Soprano); William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: St Paul's, Deptford (05/11/2013); Henry Wood Hall (05/11/2013); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (05/11/2013); St Paul's, Deptford (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); Henry Wood Hall (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Paul's, Deptford (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); Henry Wood Hall (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (12/09/2014-12/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 89 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1740

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.7/1, HWV 306
  • Performers: Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Jeremy Ovenden (Tenor); Ashley Riches; Gillian Webster (Soprano); William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: St Paul's, Deptford (05/11/2013); Henry Wood Hall (05/11/2013); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (05/11/2013); St Paul's, Deptford (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); Henry Wood Hall (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Paul's, Deptford (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); Henry Wood Hall (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (12/09/2014-12/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1740

>Handel, George Frideric : L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Pastoral Ode), oratorio, HWV 55
  • Performers: Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Jeremy Ovenden (Tenor); Ashley Riches; Gillian Webster (Soprano); William Whitehead (Organ)
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Ensemble: Gabrieli Players
  • Notes: St Paul's, Deptford (05/11/2013); Henry Wood Hall (05/11/2013); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (05/11/2013); St Paul's, Deptford (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); Henry Wood Hall (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); St Paul's, Deptford (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); Henry Wood Hall (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (12/09/2014-12/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 89 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1740