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Calliope - Beautiful Voice Vol 1 / Emma Curtis, The Frolick

Album Summary

>Scott, Francis George : Cupid and Venus One Day Strove, song
>Purcell, Henry : Sophonisba, Z 590
>Carey, Henry : Divinest Fair, O Ease My Care, song
>Anonymous, English : Too Lovely Fair One, song
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda
>Handel, George Frideric : Arianna in Creta
>Holcombe, Henry : Guardian Angels Now Protect Me, song
>Lampe, John Frederick : Crouds of Coxcombs Thus Deluding, song
>Geminiani, Francesco : Know, Madam, I never was born, song for voice (or recorder) & continuo
>Anonymous, English : Farewell, Ye Hills and Valleys, song
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>Galliard, Johann Ernest : With Early Horn Salute the Morn, song
>Munro, George : 'Twas on a River's Verdant Side, song
>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Stella, Darling of the Muses, song
>Holcombe, Henry : Little Syren of the Stage, song
>Carey, Henry : Sad Musidora All in Woe, song
>Lampe, John Frederick : Whilst Endless Tears and Sighs Declare, song
>Anonymous, English : Down the Burn Davie ("When Trees Did Bud & Fields Were Green"), song
>Arne, Thomas A. : The Miller of Mansfield ("How Happy a State Does the Miller Possess"), song
>Brugh, John Van : From White's and Will's, song
>Anonymous, English : The Forsaken Maid ("Fond Echo"), song
>Anonymous, English : On Dear Zelinda's Charms I Gaze, song
>Green, Maurice : Busy Curious Thirsty Fly, song
>Digard, David : My Jolly Companion, Thou Hast a Good Face, song
>Lampe, John Frederick : Blow On, Ye Winds, song
>Galliard, Johann Ernest : Oft on Ye Troubled Ocean's Face, song
>Handel, George Frideric : English Songs (24), HWV 228
>Carey, Henry : As Musing I Rang'd in Ye Meads, song
>Lampe, John Frederick : Pensive Alone the Desert Plains I Trace, song
>Anonymous, English : Linco Found Damon Lying, song
>Carey, Henry : Love's a Gentle, Gen'rous Passion, song
>Carey, Henry : Waft Me Some Soft and Cooling Breeze, song
>Anonymous, English : Whilst Strephon on Fair Cloe Hung, song (attrib. "Seignr. Anglosini")
>Anonymous, English : Frown Not, My Dear, song
>Ramsay, Allan : Corn Riggs Are Bonny ("My Patie is a Lover Gay"), song
>Carey, Henry : Flocks Are Sporting, song
>Carey, Henry : Genteel in Personage, song
>Lampe, John Frederick : Why Do You Fix Your Eyes on Mine, song
>Digard, David : Too Plain, Dear Youth, song
>Anonymous, English : A Swain of Love Despairing, song
>Carey, Henry : What Tho' They Call Me Country Lass, song
>Green, Maurice : Charming Chloe, Look with Pity, song
>Martin, Jonathan : To Thee, O Gentle Sleep, song
>Burgess, Henry, Jr. : What Dire Misfortune (England's Lamentation for the Loss of Farinelli), song
>Lampe, John Frederick : He's a Man Ev'ry Inch I Assure You (On Gallant Moor of Moorhall), song
>Traditional, Scottish : Dumbarton's Drums ("Dumbarton's Drums Beat Bonny-O"), song
>Carey, Henry : Cupid, God of Gay Desires, song
>Lampe, John Frederick : Glide Swiftly On, Thou Silver Stream, song
>Boyce, William : How Wretched Is a Maiden's Fate, song
>Green, Maurice : Little Flea, Why So Bloodthirsty, song
>Anonymous, English : If the Glasses They Are Empty, song
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Work(s)
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This is a labour of love. Emma Curtis stumbled across Calliope (published in 1739 by John Simpson) while researching the career of the castrato Senesino. A few songs are undeniably mediocre, but there are plenty of fine songs by familiar names (Purcell, Arne, Lampe, Boyce) and pieces adapted from Handel's operas. The mixture gives us a glimpse into early-18th-century London's social, political and cultural concerns, as well as revealing the kinds of songs popular for domestic use. It is possible to draw a few entertaining conclusions from this lovingly packaged programme: Sir John Vanbrugh was more gifted at architecture than at musical composition (if we take the attribution of "The Coquet" seriously), so-called Scottish songs were enormously popular, and, naturally, that Anonymous was a prolific contributor to the genre. Across the recital Curtis employs an impressive array of expressive vocal colours. Perhaps an early-18th-century singer would have tackled these with a straighter tone than Curtis uses for most of the faster songs featured here but her deepest register is outstanding when used for natural sweet singing. The fact she occasionally sounds like a tenor comes in useful in Galliard's hunting song "The Early Horn", which was a favourite song of Handel's regular English oratorio tenors John Beard and Thomas Lowe. Among the highlights are Carey's satirical "The Lady's Lamentation for the Loss of Senesino" and Burgess's counterpart "England's Lamentation for the loss of Farinelli". There is also beautifully crafted melancholy evident in songs such as Henry Holcombe's "The Forsaken Nymph". These diverting and entertaining songs fully deserve their new lease of life." -Gramophone



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Works Details

>Scott, Francis George : Cupid and Venus One Day Strove, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Purcell, Henry : Sophonisba, Z 590
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Carey, Henry : Divinest Fair, O Ease My Care, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : Too Lovely Fair One, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: O my pretty Punchinello
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Arianna in Creta :: How is it possible
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Holcombe, Henry : Guardian Angels Now Protect Me, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lampe, John Frederick : Crouds of Coxcombs Thus Deluding, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Geminiani, Francesco : Know, Madam, I never was born, song for voice (or recorder) & continuo
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1735

>Anonymous, English : Farewell, Ye Hills and Valleys, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Bird of May
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Galliard, Johann Ernest : With Early Horn Salute the Morn, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Munro, George : 'Twas on a River's Verdant Side, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Stella, Darling of the Muses, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Holcombe, Henry : Little Syren of the Stage, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Carey, Henry : Sad Musidora All in Woe, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lampe, John Frederick : Whilst Endless Tears and Sighs Declare, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : Down the Burn Davie ("When Trees Did Bud & Fields Were Green"), song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.

>Arne, Thomas A. : The Miller of Mansfield ("How Happy a State Does the Miller Possess"), song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Brugh, John Van : From White's and Will's, song
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : The Forsaken Maid ("Fond Echo"), song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.

>Anonymous, English : On Dear Zelinda's Charms I Gaze, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.

>Green, Maurice : Busy Curious Thirsty Fly, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Digard, David : My Jolly Companion, Thou Hast a Good Face, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Lampe, John Frederick : Blow On, Ye Winds, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Galliard, Johann Ernest : Oft on Ye Troubled Ocean's Face, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : English Songs (24), HWV 228 :: no 19. 'Twas When the Seas Were Roaring
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>Carey, Henry : As Musing I Rang'd in Ye Meads, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lampe, John Frederick : Pensive Alone the Desert Plains I Trace, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : Linco Found Damon Lying, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.

>Carey, Henry : Love's a Gentle, Gen'rous Passion, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Carey, Henry : Waft Me Some Soft and Cooling Breeze, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : Whilst Strephon on Fair Cloe Hung, song (attrib. "Seignr. Anglosini")
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.

>Anonymous, English : Frown Not, My Dear, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.

>Ramsay, Allan : Corn Riggs Are Bonny ("My Patie is a Lover Gay"), song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.

>Carey, Henry : Flocks Are Sporting, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Carey, Henry : Genteel in Personage, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lampe, John Frederick : Why Do You Fix Your Eyes on Mine, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Digard, David : Too Plain, Dear Youth, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, English : A Swain of Love Despairing, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.

>Carey, Henry : What Tho' They Call Me Country Lass, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Green, Maurice : Charming Chloe, Look with Pity, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Martin, Jonathan : To Thee, O Gentle Sleep, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.

>Burgess, Henry, Jr. : What Dire Misfortune (England's Lamentation for the Loss of Farinelli), song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lampe, John Frederick : He's a Man Ev'ry Inch I Assure You (On Gallant Moor of Moorhall), song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, Scottish : Dumbarton's Drums ("Dumbarton's Drums Beat Bonny-O"), song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.

>Carey, Henry : Cupid, God of Gay Desires, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lampe, John Frederick : Glide Swiftly On, Thou Silver Stream, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Boyce, William : How Wretched Is a Maiden's Fate, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Green, Maurice : Little Flea, Why So Bloodthirsty, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : If the Glasses They Are Empty, song
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Work(s) :: The Praise of Bacchus ("Bacchus, Assist Us to Sing")
  • Ensemble: The Frolick
  • Notes: Herz Jesu Kirche, Stuttgart, Germany (12/15/2005/12/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque