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HANDEL, G.F.: Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (L') (Neumann)

HANDEL, G.F.: Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (L') (Neumann)

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Collegium Cartusianum


Peter Neumann


Maria Keohane


Julia Doyle


Cologne Chamber Choir



Trinitatiskirche Koln, Germany


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Total Time - 121:03
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HANDEL, G.F.: Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (L') (Neumann)




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L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55

1 Part I: Ouverture (Concerto grosso, Op. 6) 03:42
2 Part I: Accompagnato: Hence, loathed Melancholy (Tenor) 02:30
3 Part I: Accompagnato: Hence, vain deluding joys (Soprano) 01:00
4 Part I: Air: Come, thou Goddess fair and free (Soprano) 01:38
5 Part I: Come rather, Goddess, sage and holy (Soprano) 03:01
6 Part I: Air: Haste thee, nymph (Tenor) 01:14
7 Part I: Air: Haste thee, nymph (Chorus) 01:08
8 Part I: Air: Come and trip it (Tenor) 01:16
9 Part I: Come, and trip it (Chorus) 01:07
10 Part I: Accompagnato: Come, pensive Nun (Soprano) 00:57
11 Part I: Arioso: Come, but keep thy wonted state (Soprano) 01:30
12 Part I: Accompagnato: There, held in holy passion still (Soprano) 03:01
13 Part I: Join with thee (Chorus) 01:16
14 Part I: Recitative: Hence, loathed Melancholy (Tenor) 00:25
15 Part I: Recitative: If I give thee honour due (Soprano) 00:09
16 Part I: Air: Mirth, admit me of thy crew (Soprano) 04:09
17 Part I: Accompagnato: First and chief, on golden wing (Soprano) 00:53
18 Part I: Air: Sweet bird, that shun'st the noise of folly (Soprano) 12:53
19 Part I: Recitativo: If I give thee honour due (Basso) 00:10
20 Part I: Air: Mirth, admit me of thy crew (Bass) 02:16
21 Part I: Air: Oft, on a plat of rising ground (Soprano) 03:05
22 Part I: Air: Far from all resort of mirth (Soprano) 02:49
23 Part I: Recitative: If I give thee honour due (L'Allegro: Tenor) 00:11
24 Part I: Air: Let me wander not unseen (Tenor) 01:49
25 Part I: Air: Straight mine eye (Soprano) 02:08
26 Part I: Accompagnato: Mountains, on whose barren breast (Bass) 01:17
27 Part I: Air: Or let the merry bells ring round (Soprano) 01:22
28 Part I: And young and old come forth to play (Chorus) 02:18

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1 Part II: Accompagnato: Hence, vain deluding Joys (Il Penseroso: Soprano) 01:22
2 Part II: Air: Sometimes let gorgeous Tragedy (Soprano) 04:36
3 Part II: Air: But oh, sad virgin (Soprano) 06:39
4 Part II: Recitative: Thus, Night, oft see me (Soprano) 03:05
5 Part II: Populous cities please me then (Basso, Chorus) 03:05
6 Part II: Air: There let Hymen oft appear (Soprano) 02:16
7 Part II: Accompagnato: Me, when the Sun begins to fling (Il Penseroso: Soprano) 00:40
8 Part II: Air: Hide me from Day's garnish eye (Soprano) 03:11
9 Part II: Air: I'll to the well-trod stage anon (Il Allegro: Tenor) 02:25
10 Part II: Air: And ever against eating cares (Soprano) 02:25
11 Part II: Air: Orpheus self may have his head (Soprano) 02:44
12 Part II: These delights if thou canst give (Tenor) 01:42
13 Part II:These delights if thou canst give (Chorus) 01:36
14 Part II: Recitative: But ley my due feet never fail (Il Penseroso: Soprano) 00:41
15 Part II: There let the pealing organ blow (Chorus) 01:41
16 Part II: These pleasures, Melancholy, give (Soprano, Chorus) 04:15
17 Part III: Accompagnato: Hence! Boast not, ye profane (Il Moderato: Bass) 00:25
18 Part III: 43: Air: Come, with native lustre shine (Bass) 02:43
19 Part III: Accompagnato: Sweet Temp'rance (Bass) 00:56
20 Part III: All this company serene (Chorus) 01:35
21 Part III: Air: Come, with gentle hand restrain (Soprano) 01:46
22 Part III: Recitative: No more short life they then will spend in straying (Tenor) 00:44
23 Part III: Air: Each action will derive new grace (Tenor) 02:07
24 Part III: As steals the morn upon the night (Soprano and Tenor) 05:52
25 Part III: Chorus: Thy pleasures, Moderation, give 03:18
 Maria Keohane Soloist
 Julia Doyle Soloist
 Peter Neumann Conductor

Even though it has hardly ever been performed and has been relatively rarely recorded, "L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato" has to counted as one of Handel’s most beautiful and musically valuable oratorios. Its lack of popularity is solely due to the complexities of performance and the undramatic subject matter. In so doing, Handel bestowed some of his best music upon Charles Jennens’s reworking of John Milton’s text. With this recording, Peter Neumann – together with the Cologne Chamber Choir and the Collegium Cartusianum – has shown himself to be an emphatic advocate of this, the insider tip among Handel’s oratorios.

 "... The ensemble plays in a clear and unambiguous fashion. In short, this is a worthy disc to replace the older renditions, and if you haven’t yet added this Ode to your Handel collection you ought to consider it above the older competition."

Bertil van Boer - Fanfare - March/April 2014

 "...The recording is admirable ... full of Handel’s thoughtful and joyous humanity ..."

John Barker - American Record Guide - January/February 2014

                                   Performance ****      Recording ****

"... this is an affectionate, stylish performance, one highlight being the excellent playing from flautist Marten Root in ’Sweet bird, that shun’st the noise of folly’. Sopranos M aria Keohane and Julia Doyle share a shivery, silvery tone and neat coloratura, and Benjamin Hulett delivers a suave reading of the siciliano ’Let me wander, not unseen’. Another highlight is provided by baritone Andreas Wolf, who leads an infectious chorus in paise of urban life(Populous cities’).

Anna Picard - BBC Music magazine - March 2014

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