Handel at Vauxhall Vol.1 | Signum SIGCD428

Handel at Vauxhall Vol.1

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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD428

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 4th March 2016

Contents

Artists

Daniel Moult (organ)
Sophie Bevan
Eleanor Dennis
Kirsty Hopkins
Charles MacDougall
Greg Tassell
Benjamin Bevan
London Early Opera

Conductor

Bridget Cunningham

Works

Arne, Thomas

Colin and Phoebe: A Pastoral

Handel, George Frideric

Acis and Galatea, HWV49
» Sinfonia
» Ye verdant plains - Hush, ye pretty warbling choir
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV55
» As steals the morn upon the night
Organ Concertos (6), op.4 HWV289-294
» no.2 in B flat major, HWV290
Saul, HWV53
» Dead March
Songs (24), HWV228
» no.19 The Melancholy Nymph

Hebden, John

Concerto no.1 in A major for strings and continuo

Moult, Daniel

Organ improvisation in the style of John Worgan and Handel

Artists

Daniel Moult (organ)
Sophie Bevan
Eleanor Dennis
Kirsty Hopkins
Charles MacDougall
Greg Tassell
Benjamin Bevan
London Early Opera

Conductor

Bridget Cunningham

About

London Early Opera follow up their debut release (Handel in Italy Vol.1, SIGCD423) with a treasure trove of music by Handel and his contemporaries Thomas Arne and John Hebden. The music is themed around the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens – a carnival of music and entertainments that entertained visitors for nearly 200 years on what was at the time the outskirts of London.

The booklet notes features images and expert commentaries of the Vauxhall Gardens by author David E Coke.

Tracks:
1. Handel - Acis and Galatea, HWV49: Sinfonia
2. Daniel Moult - Organ Improvisation in the style of John Worgan and Handel
3-6. Handel - Organ Concerto op.4 no.2 in B flat major, HWV290
7-8. Acis and Galatea, HWV49: Ye verdant plains – Hush, ye pretty warbling choir!
9. Arne - Colin and Phoebe: A Pastoral
10. Handel - Saul, HWV53: Dead March
11. The Advice
12. The Melancholy Nymph, HWV228 no.19
13-16. Hebden - Concerto for Strings and Basso Continuo no.1 in A major
17. Handel - L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV55: As steals the morn upon the night

Reviews

London’s Vauxhall Gardens in the 18th century was not just a theme park of elegant fun, but a home of sophisticated artistic experiment. Handel’s music found a natural home in these outdoor entertainments, so following their successful series Handel in Italy, London Early Opera have begun a new series on Vauxhall with an attractive potpourri by Handel and others. These bright, lively accounts of music which we know was heard at Vauxhall include an aria from Acis and Galatea and a fine John Hebden concerto, and to close, the glorious duet As steals the morn from Handel’s L’Allegro which has again, in recent years, become a hit number.  Nicholas Kenyon

The Observer 24 April 2016

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