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To Saint Cecilia


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Disc: 1
1. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (Symphony)
2. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('Hail! Bright Cecilia!')
3. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('Hark, Each Tree')
4. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('Tis Nature's Voice')
5. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (Soul of the World')
6. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (Thou Tun'st this World')
7. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (With That Sublime Celestial Lay')
8. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (Wond'rous Machine')
9. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('The Airy Violin')
10. To Saint Cecilia - Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode à Sainte Cécile) (In Vain the Am'rous Flute')
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Disc: 2
1. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('The Soft Complaining Flute')
2. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('Sharp Violins Proclaim')
3. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('But Oh! What Art Can Teach')
4. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('Orpheus Could Lead')
5. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('But Bright Cecilia')
6. A Song For St Cecilia's Day (Ode à Sainte Cécile) ('As From the Pow'r of Sacred lays')
7. CäcilienmesseMissa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Kyrie I')
8. CäcilienmesseMissa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Christe')
9. CäcilienmesseMissa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Kyrie II')
10. CäcilienmesseMissa Cellensis In Honorem Beatissimæ Virginis Mariæ Hob. Xxii:5 1766 ('Gloria In Excelsis Deo')
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Minkowski's Namby-Pamby Cecilia Nov. 27 2009
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The deluxe presentation of this 2CD set of three settings by Purcell, Handel and Haydn of music in celebration of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music, leads one to believe that the performances will be special. They are anything but. Although I have liked much of Marc Minkowski's recorded work in the past, this time it seems he is hampered by less-than-acceptable singing and playing as well as his own tendency to let things sag. The participating musicians are, one would have to say, provincial on the whole. The chorus, asked to sing in English, is a French group from Grenoble; their English diction is, to say the least, idiosyncratic. But so is the diction of some of the anglophone soloists. That might not be so objectionable if the voices themselves were striking, but in fact they mostly are not. Richard Croft, a usually fine tenor, sounds fuzzy. Lucy Crowe has a fine voice but her diction is muddy. And so it goes. One perks up when tenor Anders J. Dahlin and contralto Nathalie Stutzmann come on the scene; they are superior.

There has been at least one previous multi-CD set comprising these three celebrations of Saint Cecilia, that on Virgin Classics Santa Cecilia: Purcell, Handel, Haydn, and although it was put together from three separate single issues and features three different conductors (Andrew Parrott, Philip Ledger, Michel Corboz) it is superior on all counts. And this says nothing of other superior single issues, e.g., Pinnock's Handel Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day, Gardiner's Purcell Gardiner Purcell Collection - Hail ! Bright Cecilia, Hogwood's Haydn Haydn - Great Organ Mass · St. Cecilia Mass · Missa Sancti Nicolai · Missa Brevis / Nelson · Kirkby · Watkinson · Hill · Thomas · AAM · Hogwood.

One word on the presentation: The two CDs come bound into a hard-bound book that contains lavish full-color fine-art reproductions of paintings depicting Saint Cecilia as well as several really quite nice essays centering on the saint by Hilary Finch, Ivan A. Alexandre and Marc Minkowski. This, alas, does not make up for the deficits of the performances.

Scott Morrison
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Minkowski's Deluxe Ode to St. Cecilia - but do you need all of it ? Nov. 1 2011
By Zadok_the_Priest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album contains 3 works dedicated to St. Cecilia : Odes by Purcell and Handel, and a Mass by Haydn. The good news is that the Handel is excellent, Lucy Crowe giving a fantastic performance in all her arias, Richard Croft manages not to sound like a turkey while singing "the double double double beat" and the orchestral soloists are crisp and energetic. A success in my book.

The Purcell is very good but is not, in my taste, of the same level as Handel. If you already have "Hail ! Bright Cecilia", you don't need this one.

The Haydn "St. Cecilia" Mass consists here of only the Kyrie and Gloria, with 2 movements of the Credo thrown in. H. C. Robbins Landon has identified two inks and types of paper used to write this mass, suggesting the Kyrie and Gloria were written then, the rest much later. So Minkowski doesn't record the whole thing in order to fit all on 2 CDs. So, if like me you prefer complete versions, you need to look elsewhere.

Because of the length of the pieces, they cut Handel's Ode in half, right after the March. This completely breaks the flow of the piece and is clearly unacceptable.

The high price is justified by the fancy booklet. Inside are 2 essays, a note by Minkowski, the lyrics in French, English, German and Latin (for the Mass), and reproductions of portraits depicting St. cecilia. Only 4 show the Saint completely, all others are close-ups of the hands. Who cares ? And even those that show the Saint are only details of the whole portrait. Again pointless. The first essay, by Hilary Finch, is quite good and informative. The second, by Ivan Alexandre, is the typical pedantic dreck written by Frenchmen for countless CD liner notes. I am a francophone from Québec, so I read them and am aghast every time. An excerpt : "the least pure of exegeses achieves the status of pure cinematography". Another : "Litterature, for example, has never managed to draw from the novel what seems so natural in the theatre". Personal opinions couched as facts. You won't read it a second time. Minkowski's notes are informative, but you won't read them often either.

So, I do not recommend this album, which is unfortunate. However, as luck would have it, the Handel version recorded here is also available as Song for St Cecilias Day - a 5-star album that will give you what you really need - the Handel !
Used the recording to prepare for a concert! Feb. 9 2014
By Maxel10 - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved the recording, beautiful music. Used it to prepare for a concert with my choir and listened to it all the time.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Perfect Storm Dec 19 2009
By V. Willas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Lucy Crowe, Richard Croft, and Marc Minkowski together at last. Wonderful recording. Packaging is overdone and not necessary.

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