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Handel and Haydn Society / Harry Christophers

The Old Colony Collection

  • Type CD
  • Label Coro
  • UPC 0828021614521
  • Catalog number COR 16145
  • Release date 16 September 2016
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About the album

Whilst the names James Kent, Charles Avison or Samuel Webbe may not be familiar to today’s listeners, 200 years ago these composers and their works were prized for their singability, their musical evocations of the text, and their beautiful sonorities. Rarely recorded, and some works never before recorded, The Old Colony Collection contains a diverse array of compositions that were sung on both sides of the Atlantic and includes anthems and ‘glees’ as well as selections from Handel’s oratorios, and arrangements of works by Mozart. The selection of works chosen for this recording features some of the finest examples from this fabulous and extensive anthology. 
 
Harry Christophers writes:
“With this recording we have returned to our grass roots – choral music. When we were working on the exhibition to accompany the Bicentennial, Teresa Neff, our music historian, came across numerous publications H H had made in its early days. The Old Colony Collection was the one that caught my attention – dusty, with the leather binding crumbling and some rather chaotic printing of staves and barlines, it belies its appearance and contains many anthems of note. As well as being full of choruses from Handel and Haydn oratorios, it also contains verse anthems by composers such as Kent, Linley and Chapple. There is some absolutely beautiful solo writing in these verse anthems and I do hope with this recording we bring them to life again.”
 
 

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    1
    Hear my prayer
     
    05:37
  • 1
    2
    Bow down Thine ear, O Lord
     
    08:31
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    3
    Sound the loud timbrel
     
    02:16
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    4
    I waited patiently for the Lord
     
    06:15
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    5
    When winds breathe soft
     
    05:51
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    6
    It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord
     
    05:50
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    7
    Hark! The vesper hymn is stealing
     
    03:23
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    8
    Messiah, HWV 56 He was cut off / But Thou didst not leave / Lift up your heads
     
    05:47
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    9
    O come, let us sing unto the Lord
     
    04:02
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    10
    Almighty God when round Thy shrine
     
    03:35
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    11
    Who is this that cometh from Edom
     
    08:17
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    12
    Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 Moses and the Children of Israel / The Lord shall reign / For the host of Pharaoh / And Miriam the prophetess / Sing ye to the Lord
     
    06:52
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    13
    Peace I leave with you
     
    02:59

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