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Arne: Overtures / Standage, Collegium Musicum 90

> Thomas and Sally: Overture - I. Presto
> Thomas and Sally: Overture - II. Scotch Gavotte: Affettuoso
> Overture No. 1 in E minor - I. Largo ma non troppo
> Overture No. 1 in E minor - II. Allegro con spirito
> Overture No. 1 in E minor - III. Andante e piano
> Overture No. 1 in E minor - IV. Allegro con spirito
> Overture No. 2 in A major - I. Con spirito
> Overture No. 2 in A major - II. Allegro
> Overture No. 2 in A major - III. Minuetto
> Overture No. 3 in G major (from Henry and Emma) - I. Presto
> Overture No. 3 in G major (from Henry and Emma) - II. Andante piano
> Overture No. 3 in G major (from Henry and Emma) - III. Tempo di minuetto: Con spirito
> Overture No. 4 in F major - I. Con spirito
> Overture No. 4 in F major - II. Con spirito
> Overture No. 4 in F major - III. Andante piano
> Overture No. 5 in D major - I. Presto
> Overture No. 5 in D major - II. Andante e piano
> Overture No. 5 in D major - III. Allegro con spirito
> Overture No. 6 in B flat major - I. Largo ma audace
> Overture No. 6 in B flat major - II. Allegro
> Overture No. 6 in B flat major - III. Grave et piano
> Overture No. 6 in B flat major - IV. Gavotta vivace
> Overture No. 7 in D major (from Comus) - I. Largo
> Overture No. 7 in D major (from Comus) - II. Allegro
> Overture No. 7 in D major (from Comus) - III. Allegro
> Overture No. 8 in G minor (from Judgement of Paris) - I. Largo
> Overture No. 8 in G minor (from Judgement of Paris) - II. Con spirito
> Overture No. 8 in G minor (from Judgement of Paris) - III. Minuet: Andante
> Overture No. 8 in G minor (from Judgement of Paris) - IV. Giga: Con spirito
> Alfred: Overture - I. Allegro moderato
> Alfred: Overture - II. Andante
> Alfred: Overture - III. Largo
> Alfred: Overture - IV. Tempo di minuetto

Album Summary

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Thomas and Sally, or The Sailor's Return, opera in 1 act
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 1 for orchestra in E minor/E major
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 2 for orchestra in A major
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 3 for orchestra in G major (for the drama "Henry and Emma")
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 4 for orchestra in F major
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 5 for orchestra in D major
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 6 for orchestra in B flat major
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 7 for orchestra in D major (for the masque "Comus")
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 8 for orchestra in G minor (for the masque "The Judgment of Paris")
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Alfred, masque in 3 acts
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Notes & Reviews:

Arne had the misfortune to be a Catholic when Catholics were denied posts at court-or in churches-so the major outlet for his musical talent was theater. Eight of the overtures offered here were published together as an effort to promote his work to a wider audience. It was common practice to use the overtures to vocal works as concert works, and certainly these are bright, lively pieces ideally suited to enhance a composer's reputation. We can identify at least three of these overtures as introductions to stage works that have survived, but the origin of several others is unknown, since so many of his works for the theater are lost. Arne composed in both the French and the Italian style, with Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8 following the French model invented by Lully. Nos. 3 and 5 are, as the notes point out, really Italian sinfonias as developed by Alessandro Scarlatti. Presented here also are two overtures outside the collection of eight, from Arne's oratorio Alfred and his comic opera Thomas and Sally; these are also in the Italian style. This is a spirited performance of some very attractive music, so it's hard to believe that no other rendition is available. Those familiar with Simon Standage and his work will know that the Collegium Musicum 90 is an early music group. There are moments when the "period" sound is pretty strong, so those who dislike period instruments probably wouldn't enjoy this program. But for the most part, it's easy simply to get caught up in the spirit of this lively, joyful music. This is a great addition to the catalog with excellent sound and good notes.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Collegium Musicum 90 rarely get the adulation they deserve. This anthology of overtures by Arne, featuring a who's who of the English period-instrument scene, is a charming disc of beautifully played and brightly executed performances.

Simon Standage nurtures affectionate interpretations and his violin-playing still perpetuates the impeccable stylishness and musical taste that made his pioneering recordings with Pinnock and Hogwood so enduring.

The Overture to the English comic opera Thomas and Sally (1760) gets things off to a splendid start; its Scotch gavotte features masterful, witty playing from bassoonist Sally Jackson.

The bulk of the disc is devoted to 'Eight Overtures in 8 Parts' that Arne published in 1751. Peter Holman's informative bookletnotes say these overtures were probably extracted from introductions to vocal works, many of which are now lost. Among the finest moments are the vivacious opening Presto of Overture No 3 and the invigorated horn blasts and chuckling oboes in the middle movement of No 4. Trumpeters Crispian Steele-Perkins and David Blackadder provide grandeur in the bright Overture to Arne's setting of Milton's Comus (No 7).

Although those devoted to pleading Arne's cause would love to hear a recording of such fine quality of Comus, or the oratorio Judith, this collection is comfortably among the strongest advocacies of Arne's merits on CD.



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>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Thomas and Sally, or The Sailor's Return, opera in 1 act :: Overture in D major
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1760

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Thomas and Sally, or The Sailor's Return, opera in 1 act :: Overture in D major
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1760

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 1 for orchestra in E minor/E major
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 2 for orchestra in A major
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 3 for orchestra in G major (for the drama "Henry and Emma")
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 4 for orchestra in F major
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 5 for orchestra in D major
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 6 for orchestra in B flat major
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 7 for orchestra in D major (for the masque "Comus")
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Overture no 8 for orchestra in G minor (for the masque "The Judgment of Paris")
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Alfred, masque in 3 acts :: Overture in E flat major
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1740

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Alfred, masque in 3 acts :: Overture in E flat major
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1740

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Alfred, masque in 3 acts :: Overture in E flat major
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1740

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Alfred, masque in 3 acts :: Overture in E flat major
  • Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/22/2004-09/24/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1740