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Handel: Alexander's Feast

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

The Symphony of Harmony and Invention


Harry Christophers


Ian Partridge


Michael George


Nancy Argenta


The Sixteen



Venue:

All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London



Producer:

Mark Brown



Engineer:

Anthony Howell



Record Label
Coro Records

Genre:

Choir




Total Time - 115:46
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Alexander's Feast

98:25  
  Opening  
1 Overture 6:23
2 'Twas at the Royal Feast 0:58
3 Happy, Happy, Happy Pair 4:45
4 Timotheus plac'd on high 0:26
   
 

Harp Concerto, Op. 4 No. 6 in B flat

13:31  
5 Allegro 6:23
6 Larghetto 4:15
7 Allegro moderato 2:43
   
 

Alexander's Feast (continued)

 
8 The song began from Jove 1:01
9 The list'ning Crowd 2:09
10 With ravish'd Ears 3:35
11 The praise of Bacchus 0:36
12 Bacchus, ever fair and young 5:09
13 Sooth'd with the sound 0:46
14 He chose a mournful Muse 1:25
15 He sung Darius Great and Good 2:48
16 With downcast Looks 0:55
17 Behold Darius Great and Good 2:13
18 The Mighty Master smil'd to see 0:31
19 Softly sweet 3:35
20 War, he sung, is Toil and Trouble 4:38
21 The Many rend the Skies 3:58
22 The Prince, unable to conceal 6:27
23 The Man rend the Skies 4:03
 

Alexander's Feast (continued)

 


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1 Now strike the Golden Lyre 2:40
2 Revenge, Revenge, Timotheus cries 7:52
3 Give the Vengeance due 1:25
4 The Princes applaud with a furioius Joy 2:23
5 Thais led the way 5:13
6 Thus long ago 2:21
7 At last Divine Cecilia came 2:29
8 Let old Timotheus yield the Prize 0:22
9 Let old Timotheus yield the Prize 3:27
   
 

Organ Concerto, Op. 4 No. 1 in G minor

13:52  
10 Larghetto e staccato 4:49
11 Allegro 4:50
12 Adagio 1:14
13 Andante 3:59
   
 

Alexander's Feast (conclusion)

 
14 Your Voices tune 3:00


The nature of Alexander’s Feast is perhaps better summed up by its other title, The Power of Music. It is in fact a celebratory ode for St Cecilia’s Day, written by Dryden in 1697 for the City of London’s traditional celebration of the patron saint of music, and set in suitably celebratory style by Handel in 1736. At its first performance that year, he incorporated two delightful concertos, one for harp and the other for organ, and these are included in this recording.

“A remarkable recording is welcomed to the catalogue.”

Repertoire, France



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