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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

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.

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 Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (05/11/2013); Henry Wood Hall (05/11/2013); St Paul's, Deptford (05/11/2013); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); 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 (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); Henry Wood Hall (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); St Paul's, Deptford (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: 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)
  • 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 Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (05/11/2013); Henry Wood Hall (05/11/2013); St Paul's, Deptford (05/11/2013); St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town (06/18/2014-06/20/2014); 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 (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); Henry Wood Hall (12/09/2014-12/10/2014); St Paul's, Deptford (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: 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)
  • 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: 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)
  • 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: 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)
  • Running Time: 89 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1740