Gabrieli Consort & Players

Handel - L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212039229
Catnr: SIGCD 392
Release date: 05 June 2015
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Signum Classics
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0635212039229
Catalogue number
SIGCD 392
Release date
05 June 2015

""Something that also played a part in the mind of canny Händel, was that his colleague Thomas Arne had succes with his adaptation of Miltons 'Mask'."  "

Trouw, 07-8-2015
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About the album

The Gabrieli Consort & Player’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. The recording sessions for this project began in May 2013 with the then 15-year old star treble Laurence Kilsby, who sang four of the L’Allegro arias that Handel himself assigned to a treble voice. The project’s remaining recording sessions took place in June 2014, with the complete Consort & Players, and soloists Gillian Webster, Jeremy Ovenden, Ashley Riches and Peter Harvey, only to be finally completed in December 2014 with the recording of the additional instrumental repertoire that features the longstanding principal members of the Gabrieli Players – Catherine Martin, Oliver Webber, Christopher Suckling and William Whitehead – performing as solois
De herschepping van de eerste uitvoering van L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
De eerste Händelopname van het Gabrieli Consort sinds meer dan een decennium is zeer bijzonder: hij creëert in nauwgezette details opnieuw de allereerste uitvoering van L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, die in 1740 plaatsvond. Daarnaast bevat het album extra instrumentaal repertoire, zoals een Orgelconcert van Händel en twee concerti grossi.

Paul McCreesh en het Gabrieli Consort & players, met hun reputatie als weergaloze Händelinterpreten, onderwerpen elke uitvoering en opnameproject aan een uiterst nauwgezet onderzoek. Op dit album worden ze bijgestaan door een prachtige selectie solisten.

De pers is lovend over het album. Early Music Today gaf het vijf sterren en schreef: “This is quite simply life-enhancing music making, a glorious achievement in every respect.” Daarnaast schreef The Times: “McCreesh's superb Gabrieli Consort and Players present all this (...) with flair, a pristine sense of style and infectious energy.”

Artist(s)

Gabrieli Consort & Players

Gabrieli are a choir and period instrument orchestra founded and led by Artistic Director Paul McCreesh. We perform and record great choral, vocal and instrumental repertoire from the renaissance to the present day for the widest possible audience, cultivating an international reputation for excellence, innovation and ambition. Our mission is to educate the public, in every sense – to be standard bearers for the highest quality of performance, to explain, illustrate and illuminate the guiding principles behind our performance ideals and to offer first-class performance opportunities to young people through our bold and ambitious education programme, Gabrieli Roar. Gabrieli’s interpretations strive to recreate the original performances of musical works as far as possible, in the belief that historical performance ideals and...
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Gabrieli are a choir and period instrument orchestra founded and led by Artistic Director Paul McCreesh. We perform and record great choral, vocal and instrumental repertoire from the renaissance to the present day for the widest possible audience, cultivating an international reputation for excellence, innovation and ambition. Our mission is to educate the public, in every sense – to be standard bearers for the highest quality of performance, to explain, illustrate and illuminate the guiding principles behind our performance ideals and to offer first-class performance opportunities to young people through our bold and ambitious education programme, Gabrieli Roar.

Gabrieli’s interpretations strive to recreate the original performances of musical works as far as possible, in the belief that historical performance ideals and knowledge of the old world are essential for creating music anew. We seek to engage with and to explore the links between music from all periods. Through lively music-making, committed research and the production of ground-breaking recordings, Gabrieli’s mission is to challenge common and accepted perceptions of classical music, and to re-invigorate and innovate in order to sustain the relevance of these great pieces of art in the twenty-first century.

The heart of every Gabrieli project is pervaded with a strong sense of our core artistic values:

  • To strive constantly for the highest artistic quality;
  • To challenge and question the accepted norms and boundaries of musical performance;
  • To instil these values and beliefs in music in as broad a spectrum of people as possible, with a particular focus on young people as the future advocates of classical music.

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Paul McCreesh (conductor)

Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and he is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians, broadening access to classical music. He works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible. McCreesh has conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations...
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Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and he is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians, broadening access to classical music. He works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible.
McCreesh has conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations with Saint Paul and Basel Chamber Orchestras. In 2018-19 he conducts Elgar and Brahms for Kammerakademie Potsdam, Mendelssohn and Britten for Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and Handel for Symphonique de Montréal, alongside appearances with Filharmonia Poznanska and MDR Radio Symphony.
From 2013-2016 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon) with whom he conducted a wide range of music from the classical period through the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing in particular on symphonic repertoire, oratorio and opera in concert, working closely with the world-renowned Gulbenkian Choir.
McCreesh has established a strong reputation in the opera house and has conducted productions at the Teatro Real Madrid, Royal Danish Opera, Opera Comique, Vlaamse Opera and at the Verbier Festival. Most recently he conducted Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bergen Opera, and returned to Vlaamse Opera for a production of Idomeneo.
In 2011 McCreesh launched his own record label, Winged Lion, in collaboration with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Signum Classics and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, where he was Artistic Director from 2006-2012. To date they have made ten recordings, most recently A Rose Magnificat, music dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Renaissance to the present day, released in May 2018 and lauded by critics: “Captivating … imaginative … ambitious” (Financial Times), “the superlative Gabrieli Consort give a formidably encompassing performance” (BBC Music Magazine), “pristine: carefully balanced and always cleanly tuned” (Gramophone). Other highlights include Haydn The Seasons, Britten War Requiem (BBC Music Magazine Award 2014), Mendelssohn Elijah (Diapason d’Or Award 2013), Berlioz’s gargantuan Grande Messe des Morts (BBC Award 2012), and a reworking of his earlier Gabrieli disc, A New Venetian Coronation 1595 (Gramophone Award 2013).

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Composer(s)

Georg Friedrich Händel

Georg Frideric Handel was a composer from the Baroque period. Handel wrote primarily music-dramatic works: 42 operas, 29 oratorios, more than 120 cantatas, trios and duets, which comes to a total amount of almost 2000 arias! Furthermore, he composed English, Italian and Latin sacred music, serenades and odes. Among his instrumental music are several organ concertos, concerti grossi, overtures, oboe sonatas and violinsonates, along with many solo works for harpsichord and organ.  Together with Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in the same year (1685), Handel is viewed as one of the greatest composers of his time. He was extremely prolific and wrote in total more than 610 works, many of which are still performed today.  Compared to his contemporaries Bach, Telemann...
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Georg Frideric Handel was a composer from the Baroque period. Handel wrote primarily music-dramatic works: 42 operas, 29 oratorios, more than 120 cantatas, trios and duets, which comes to a total amount of almost 2000 arias! Furthermore, he composed English, Italian and Latin sacred music, serenades and odes. Among his instrumental music are several organ concertos, concerti grossi, overtures, oboe sonatas and violinsonates, along with many solo works for harpsichord and organ.

Together with Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in the same year (1685), Handel is viewed as one of the greatest composers of his time. He was extremely prolific and wrote in total more than 610 works, many of which are still performed today.

Compared to his contemporaries Bach, Telemann and Scarlatti, Handel was by far the most cosmopolitan. When Handel was a child, his father, who was a surgeon at the court of Saxe-Weissenfels, imagined a juridical career for him. But his musical talents did not go unnoticed at the court, which forced the father to let him study music. In Hamburg, Handel befriended Mattheson. Together they visited Buxtehude, the greatest organ player of his time, in 1703 (two years before Bach did). At that time, Handel was already an excellent musician, but it wasn't until his stay in Italy - the land of opera - that his talents and skills truly started to flourish. Back in Germany, he received a position at the court of Hannover, where the noblemen had a connection to the British throne. Thanks to these connections, Handel decided to move to London, after which a puzzling history of intrigues and political games started. For example, it is unclear what the exact political message of his famous Water Music is, which was composed for a boat ride on the river Thames by King George. Initially, Handel focused on Italian opera during his stay in London, but from the 1730s onwards he started composing English spoken oratorios, with the celebrated Messiah at its peak.


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"Something that also played a part in the mind of canny Händel, was that his colleague Thomas Arne had succes with his adaptation of Miltons 'Mask'."  
Trouw, 07-8-2015

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Disc #1
01.
Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.1 in G Major: I. A Tempo Giusto
01:14
02.
Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.1 in G Major: II. Allegro
01:44
03.
Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.1 in G Major: III. Adagio
02:33
04.
Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.1 in G Major: IV. Allegro
02:37
05.
Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.1 in G Major: V. Allegro
02:39
06.
L’Allegro Tenor recitative accompany'd
02:03
07.
Il Penseroso Soprano recitative accompany'd
00:51
08.
L’Allegro Treble air
01:41
09.
Il Penseroso Soprano air
02:54
10.
L’Allegro Tenor air & chorus
02:14
11.
L’Allegro Tenor air & chorus
02:26
12.
Il Penseroso Soprano recitative accompany,d
01:01
13.
Il Penseroso Soprano air & chorus
02:02
14.
L’Allegro Tenor & Treble recitative
00:27
15.
L’Allegro Treble air
04:04
16.
Il Penseroso Soprano recitative accompany,d
00:55
17.
Il Penseroso Soprano air
13:28
18.
L’Allegro Bass recitative
00:10
19.
L’Allegro Bass air
02:26
20.
Il Penseroso Soprano air
03:23
21.
L’Allegro Tenor recitative
00:14
22.
L’Allegro Tenor air
01:43
23.
L’Allegro Treble air & chorus
03:45
24.
Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.3 in E Minor: I. Larghetto
01:19
25.
Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.3 in E Minor: II. Andante
01:25
26.
Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.3 in E Minor: III. Allegro
02:36
27.
Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.3 in E Minor: IV. Polonaise - Andante
04:56
28.
Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.3 in E Minor: V. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo
01:31
29.
Il Penseroso Soprano recitative accompany'd
01:25
30.
Il Penseroso Soprano air
06:00
31.
Il Penseroso Soprano recitative
00:38

Disc #2
01.
L’Allegro chorus
03:20
02.
L’Allegro Tenor air
02:08
03.
Il Penseroso Soprano recitative accompany'd
00:53
04.
Il Penseroso Soprano air
03:48
05.
L’Allegro Tenor air
01:59
06.
L’Allegro Treble air
03:01
07.
L’Allegro Tenor air & chorus
03:19
08.
Il Penseroso Soprano recitative
00:52
09.
Il Penseroso Chorus
01:58
10.
Il Penseroso organo ad libitum & chorus (with Soprano)
04:39
11.
Organ Concerto Op.7, No.1 in B flat Major: I. Andante
09:16
12.
Organ Concerto Op.7, No.1 in B flat Major: II. Largo E Piano
03:32
13.
Organ Concerto Op.7, No.1 in B flat Major: III. Fuga
02:38
14.
Organ Concerto Op.7, No.1 in B flat Major: IV. Adagio: Organo Ad Libitum
00:31
15.
Organ Concerto Op.7, No.1 in B flat Major: V. Bourrée
02:33
16.
Il Moderato Baritone recitative accompany'd
00:31
17.
Il Moderato Baritone air, recitative accompany'd & chorus
05:51
18.
Il Moderato Soprano air
01:34
19.
Il Moderato Tenor recitative
00:38
20.
Il Moderato Tenor air
02:04
21.
L’Allegro & Il Penseroso Soprano & Tenor duet
06:20
22.
Il Moderato chorus
02:51
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