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L Allegro Il Penseroso Ed Il Import


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 26 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000026CVB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Disc: 1
1. OVERTURE [Grave]: Allegro - Lentement - Allegro Moderato
2. PART ONE: Accompagnato - Hence, loathed Melancholy
3. Accompagnato - Hence, vain deluding Joys
4. Air - Come, thou goddess fair and free
5. Air - Come rather, goddess, sage and holy
6. Air - Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee
7. Air - Come and trip it as you go
8. Accompagnato - Come, pensive nun, devout and pure
9. Air - Come, but keep thy wonted state
10. Accompagnato - There, held in holy passion still
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. PART TWO: Accompagnato - Hence, vain deluding Joys
2. Air - Sometimes let gorgeous tragedy
3. Air - But O, sad virgin, that thy pow'r
4. Air - Thus, Night, oft see me in thy pale career
5. Chorus - Populous cities please me [us] then
6. Air - There let Hymen oft appear
7. Accompagnato - Me, when the sun begins to fling
8. Air - Hide me from Day's garish eye
9. Air - I'll to the well-trod stage anon
10. Air - And ever against eating cares
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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By A Customer on June 27 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD is definitely a keeper, but the singing is far from flawless. Some quite vigorous, constant vibrato and occasional sloppy trills often spoil this miraculous music's effect (and Affect, for that matter). I think that the darker voices of these sopranos (compared to Emma Kirkby) excellently fit the music and particularly the part of il Penseroso, but the loss of style and precision is lamentable. The choice of Lorna Anderson for "Sweet bird" would be tragic if not for the incredible middle section, where she finally decides to either a.) sing one note at a time or b.) trill, but not both. (Another point of note is that the flute solo in "Sweet bird" is played by the excellent Rachel Brown, who utterly blows away Anderson, style-wise.)
That said, there are many parts of this recording that are among the most beautiful things I've ever heard. Agnew and Gritton range, overall, from very good to excellent. "As steals the morn upon the night" is indeed one of the most incredible duets Handel or anybody wrote, and it is wonderfully performed here.
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This is music that makes you feel glad to be alive - is there any composer better at expressing joy than Handel? This piece is all about the multi-faceted joys to be experienced - of the hunt(CD1, 16), the carnival (CD1, 23), solitude (CD1, 8,9), the theatre (CD2, 2,9) and the beauty of the night (CD2, 24). It is also a wonderful, perhaps unsurpassed, evocation of pre-industrial England. The singing is almost always first rate and Robert King seems to have shaken off the slightly restrained demeanor of some of his earlier Handel recordings and perhaps as a consequence the King's Consort and Choir are inspired. If you are unconvinced listen to the gorgeous duet at the end of part 3, possibly the best Handel ever wrote, and the sheer verve of the tenor air and chorus, 'These delights if though canst give'.
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By Izolda on March 15 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is really a feast for Handelians, beautifully played and sung. The earlier recording of this oratorio, made by Gardiner in the 80-ties, is not only incomplete but also less impressively executed. It is wonderful to have both sets, but this new one from Robert King brings much more life to this splendid music. It is one of my desert island discs!
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Rush to buy L'Allegro April 23 2000
By David Cloke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is music that makes you feel glad to be alive - is there any composer better at expressing joy than Handel? This piece is all about the multi-faceted joys to be experienced - of the hunt(CD1, 16), the carnival (CD1, 23), solitude (CD1, 8,9), the theatre (CD2, 2,9) and the beauty of the night (CD2, 24). It is also a wonderful, perhaps unsurpassed, evocation of pre-industrial England. The singing is almost always first rate and Robert King seems to have shaken off the slightly restrained demeanor of some of his earlier Handel recordings and perhaps as a consequence the King's Consort and Choir are inspired. If you are unconvinced listen to the gorgeous duet at the end of part 3, possibly the best Handel ever wrote, and the sheer verve of the tenor air and chorus, 'These delights if though canst give'.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Sheer delight! March 15 2000
By Izolda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is really a feast for Handelians, beautifully played and sung. The earlier recording of this oratorio, made by Gardiner in the 80-ties, is not only incomplete but also less impressively executed. It is wonderful to have both sets, but this new one from Robert King brings much more life to this splendid music. It is one of my desert island discs!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
King Triumphs in Handel's Pastoral Ode, L' Allegro Nov. 3 2008
By Paul S. Rottenberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Review of Hyperion Label's L' Allegro by Handel

I own both the Gardiner performance (Erato) from the 80's and now this newer performance by King (Hyperion) from the 90's, and the King routs Gardiner. Not only does this newer recording benefit from better sound, but the solo singing is uniformly better, being informed by more recent scholarship. In addition, some of the solos on the Gardiner set are just weak, such as those of the boy soprano, who has almost no voice at all, thus ruining his part completely. On Hyperion's excellent set, in contrast, all of these problems are completely avoided; all the solo parts are taken by adult singers, who do both Milton and Handel grand, making this lovely poetry completely audible. King's orchestra and chorus are also the equal of Gardiner's well-known, excellent ensemble, and they perform the later edition of this delightful music which Handel prepared about a year or two after the initial performances, thus adding almost twice as much as Gardiner performs in his version of Handel's original version. In short, haste thee, and purchase King's period instrument triumph of Handel's L' Allegro and bring out smiles, jollity, and rejoicing all around.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Beauty, grace and joy Feb. 15 2007
By KC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful performance of a beautiful piece. Good taste personified! In a complete and uncut studio recording. Robert King is served by excellent orchestral playing and strong singers. Susan Gritton's singing is wonderful. I can find nothing to fault and everything to commend. Buy it!
Essential Nov. 28 2013
By Adam Gopnik - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Handel at his greatest, and nothing gets better than that. The juxtaposition of slow and fast, upbeat and melancholy, is inherent in all of Handel's work: here it has a programmatic purpose,too.

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