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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Small-scale, but grand Feb. 10 2011
By Kardewski - Published on
Even though I'm not a fan of Händel (or, for that matter, an "Englishness" in any kind of music), I'll call this a Sternstunde - a truly special moment in the recording history of baroque vocal music, and then one that happened - almost impossible to believe - more than 30 years ago. This Decca production seems so very far ahead indeed, with a sound refreshingly clear, an Academy playing tight and slim, and a soloist ensemble which, in all its unity, is simply great - it would be a thing unfair to highlight the single name of worldwide prominence among them. Here you'll find an elegance - that smells, distinctively, of France -, a lightness, a youthfulness even, not normally associated with old Georg Friedrich. And being neither lengthy nor an opera, this work provides a listening experience completely free of tedium. A dark horse to be sure (judging, at least, from the number of reviews in this circus), Hogwood's Alceste can be recommended as a divertissement of the highest order. Compare it either to a feather or a cloud, but don't let yourself ever be deterred by that date of 1979.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Spirited and Charming Sept. 24 2002
By John B. Harlow - Published on
Very light and spirited, Alceste sounds almost french in origin - performed on orginal instruments and Paul Elliott's voice is well suited to the piece - Emma Kirkby's Gentle Morpheus is simple dreamy ;-). The most fun Handel disk I own.

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