venerdì 25 luglio 2014

G.F.Handel - L'Allegro Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato

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L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, Ed Il Moderato is one of Handel's most unjustly neglected masterpieces. The reasons for its relative obscurity are not difficult to fathom: It falls into the rather ill-defined category of "Ode," and its concluding segment (Part III) is well below the rest in inspiration--largely because the text here is doggerel by Newburgh Hamilton, whereas the poetry set in Parts I and II is by John Milton (as rearranged by Hamilton). Great poetry always elicited the best from Handel, and at least the first two segments of this work represent Handel's genius at full stretch. The way Handel depicts Milton's imagery--particularly the pastoral scenes--anticipates similar text-painting in Haydn's Creation and Seasons. In fact, the latter work is in places explicitly modeled on L'Allegro: both have "laughing" choruses, merry dancing followed by a curfew call, tolling bells, avian songsters of various species, hounds and horns, etc.

Jennifer Smith (Soprano)
Maldwyn Davies (Tenor)
Marie McLaughlin (Soprano)
Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Michael Ginn (Treble/boy soprano)
Patrizia Kwella (Soprano)
Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
dir. John Eliot Gardiner

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