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Handel - Marriner: The Decca Legacy | Australian Eloquence ELQ4845351

Handel - Marriner: The Decca Legacy

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4845351

Barcode: 0028948453511

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 19

Release Date: 12th April 2024

Contents

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Acis and Galatea, HWV49
Alcina, HWV34
» Ballet music
» Dream music
» Overture
» Sinfonia (Act 3)
Ariodante, HWV33
» Ballet music
Berenice, HWV38
» Gigue
» Minuet
» Overture
Brockes Passion, HWV48
» Chi sprezzando il sommo bene
Concerti grossi (6), op.3
Concerti grossi (12), op.6
Concerto a due cori no.1 in B flat major, HWV332
Concerto a due cori no.2 in F major, HWV333
Concerto a due cori no.3 in F major, HWV334
Concerto grosso in C major, HWV318 'Alexander's Feast'
Coronation Anthems nos 1-4, HWV258-261
Deutsche Arien (9) (9 German Arias), HWV202-210
» Meine Seele hort im Sehen (My soul hears in seeing), HWV207
» Susse stille, sanfte Quelle (Sweet silence, soft source of calm tranquility), HWV205
Il pastor fido (The Faithful Shepherd), HWV8c
» Ballet music
Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV46a
» Sonata de l'overtura
Jephtha, HWV70
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV63
» March
» See, the conqu'ring hero comes
» Sing unto God
Largo in F major, HWV302b
Look down, harmonious saint, HWV124
Messiah, HWV56
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351
Oboe Concerto no.1 in B flat major, HWV301
Oboe Concerto no.2 in B flat major, HWV302a
Oboe Concerto no.3 in G minor, HWV287
Organ Concerto in A major, HWV296
Organ Concerto in D minor, HWV304
Organ Concerto in F major, HWV295 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'
Organ Concerto in F major, HWV305
Organ Concertos (6), op.4 HWV289-294
Organ Concertos (6), op.7 HWV306-311
Orlando, HWV31
» Sorge infausta una procella
Overture in D major, HWV337
Serse (Xerxes), HWV40
» Ombra mai fu (Act 1)
Solomon, HWV67
» Sinfonia: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Te Deum in D major, HWV 283 'Dettingen'
» Vouchsafe, O Lord
Water Music Suite no.1 in F major, HWV348
Water Music Suite no.2 in D major, HWV349
Water Music Suite no.3 in G major, HWV350

Artists

Elly Ameling (soprano)
Jill Gomez (soprano)
Emma Kirkby (soprano)
Margaret Marshall (soprano)
Joan Rodgers (soprano)
Anna Reynolds (mezzo-soprano)
Catherine Denley (contralto)
Alfreda Hodgson (contralto)
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)
Philip Langridge (tenor)
Robert Tear (tenor)
Robert Dean (baritone)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)
Benjamin Luxon (baritone)
Gwynne Howell (bass)
George Malcolm (organ, harpsichord)
Alastair Ross (organ)
Roger Lord (oboe)
Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields Choir
Southend Boys Choir
Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Conductor

Neville Marriner

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Acis and Galatea, HWV49
Alcina, HWV34
» Ballet music
» Dream music
» Overture
» Sinfonia (Act 3)
Ariodante, HWV33
» Ballet music
Berenice, HWV38
» Gigue
» Minuet
» Overture
Brockes Passion, HWV48
» Chi sprezzando il sommo bene
Concerti grossi (6), op.3
Concerti grossi (12), op.6
Concerto a due cori no.1 in B flat major, HWV332
Concerto a due cori no.2 in F major, HWV333
Concerto a due cori no.3 in F major, HWV334
Concerto grosso in C major, HWV318 'Alexander's Feast'
Coronation Anthems nos 1-4, HWV258-261
Deutsche Arien (9) (9 German Arias), HWV202-210
» Meine Seele hort im Sehen (My soul hears in seeing), HWV207
» Susse stille, sanfte Quelle (Sweet silence, soft source of calm tranquility), HWV205
Il pastor fido (The Faithful Shepherd), HWV8c
» Ballet music
Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV46a
» Sonata de l'overtura
Jephtha, HWV70
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV63
» March
» See, the conqu'ring hero comes
» Sing unto God
Largo in F major, HWV302b
Look down, harmonious saint, HWV124
Messiah, HWV56
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351
Oboe Concerto no.1 in B flat major, HWV301
Oboe Concerto no.2 in B flat major, HWV302a
Oboe Concerto no.3 in G minor, HWV287
Organ Concerto in A major, HWV296
Organ Concerto in D minor, HWV304
Organ Concerto in F major, HWV295 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'
Organ Concerto in F major, HWV305
Organ Concertos (6), op.4 HWV289-294
Organ Concertos (6), op.7 HWV306-311
Orlando, HWV31
» Sorge infausta una procella
Overture in D major, HWV337
Serse (Xerxes), HWV40
» Ombra mai fu (Act 1)
Solomon, HWV67
» Sinfonia: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Te Deum in D major, HWV 283 'Dettingen'
» Vouchsafe, O Lord
Water Music Suite no.1 in F major, HWV348
Water Music Suite no.2 in D major, HWV349
Water Music Suite no.3 in G major, HWV350

Artists

Elly Ameling (soprano)
Jill Gomez (soprano)
Emma Kirkby (soprano)
Margaret Marshall (soprano)
Joan Rodgers (soprano)
Anna Reynolds (mezzo-soprano)
Catherine Denley (contralto)
Alfreda Hodgson (contralto)
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)
Philip Langridge (tenor)
Robert Tear (tenor)
Robert Dean (baritone)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)
Benjamin Luxon (baritone)
Gwynne Howell (bass)
George Malcolm (organ, harpsichord)
Alastair Ross (organ)
Roger Lord (oboe)
Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields Choir
Southend Boys Choir
Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Conductor

Neville Marriner

About

LIMITED EDITION

A unique collection of L'Oiseau-Lyre, Argo, Decca and Philips albums in original covers, showcasing both the genius of Handel and the musicianship of the classic ASMF/Marriner pairing at its most stylish.

Even while a member of the London Symphony Orchestra in the early 1950s, Neville Marriner had made recordings for L'Oiseau-Lyre as a violinist in the Jacobean Ensemble. Accordingly he took a tape of a concerto grosso to the label's legendary owner, Louise Hanson-Dyer. The artists on it were his new ensemble, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. This modest demonstration tape ultimately led to more than 500 recordings, and the success of the Academy with Marriner as the world's most recorded partnership.

Handel was an integral part of the Academy's work firstly for L'Oiseau-Lyre, then for Argo, finally for the Dutch label Philips. (Marriner and the Academy also recorded music by Handel for EMI.) Without including later duplicate versions, this box compiles for the first time all the ASMF/Marriner albums made for the Decca family of labels as well as Philips between 1961 and 1997, amounting to a comprehensive survey of the composer's orchestral music, ornamented with Acis and Galatea, Messiah, Jephtha and the Coronation Anthems.

Critics from the outset praised not just the energy of the Academy and Marriner in Handel's Concerti grossi, but also their polish, at a time when period-instrument versions were technically unreliable. Soloists such as the oboist Roger Lord emerged naturally from an ensemble of soloists in the first place. A succession of keyboard players pays testament to the determination of Marriner to find a degree of authenticity in 18th-century music that worked practically for him and his colleagues. Thurston Dart, who researched the sources for much of the music played here, and the mercurial choir director and harpsichordist George Malcolm. In a later generation came Andrew Davis and Christopher Hogwood, the organist on the Argo Messiah which was recorded using his edition.

"Played with tremendous verve by Neville Marriner and his Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and stunningly recorded." - Records and Recording, November 1964 (Concerti grossi, op.3)

"A superb chamber orchestra rendering a familiar score with uncommon verve and tonal beauty, and immaculate instrumental precision. This is indeed a refined performance, but it is also a gay, bouncy, and sensitive one that is among the very finest available." - Stereo Review, October 1972 (Water Music, Fireworks Music)

"This is a lovely performance ... Marriner's chorus, trained by Heltay, is superb... 'Waft her angels' can seldom have been equalled."
- Gramophone, February 1980 (Jephtha)

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