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Ode for St Cecilia's Day

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  • Composer: Handel
  • Audio CD (April 20 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
  • ASIN: B0001FYRBM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Overture
2. Interlude
3. Recitative: For harmony, From Heav'nly Harmony
4. Chorus: From Harmony
5. Air: What Passion Cannot Music Raise
6. Air And Chorus: The Trumpet's Loud Clangour
7. March
8. Air: The Soft Complaining Flute
9. Air: Sharp Violins Proclaim
10. Air: But Oh! What Art Can Teach
11. Air: Orpheus Could Not Lead The Savage Race
12. Recitative: But Bright Cecillia
13. Air And Chorus: As From The Powers Of Sacred Lays

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Handel: Ode for St Cecilias Day

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous singing Jan. 13 2009
By Winterreise - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I cannot believe that no one has reviewed this recording. It is one of Handel's best pieces of music, set to delightful words by Dryden. But most importantly it has the the stunning singing of Dorothee Mields. I do not understand why she is not more famous than she is. Personally I cannot stand throbbing, vibrating sopranos who sing Bach and Handel as though they were singing Wagner. If you feel this way you will love Dorothee Mields. She has a modest amount of vibrato, and a very pure, boy like voice that can only be described as spine tingling.
She sings a lot on this recording, but three solos are are quite wonderful: 1) Track 5; What passion cannot music raise, 2) Track 8; The soft complaining flute, and Track 10; But oh! what art can teach.
I also strongly recommend her recording of the Mozart Coronation Mass, and his Exsultante, Jubilate.
I safely predict that having heard these two recordings of Dorothee Mields you will be searching the internet for more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended June 24 2016
By K V - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I’m always on the lookout for really amazing music – I have found a treasure in this recording.

I was introduced to this piece while listening to a theologian’s teaching about the Trinity. As an illustration of how the Trinitarian God of the Bible loves diversity and harmony, he introduced John Dryden’s poem “A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day”, written in 1687. He then played a recording of Handel’s Ode to St. Cecilia’s Day, because Handel set Dryden’s poem to music. He suggested that surely C. S. Lewis had this poem in mind (perhaps also Handel’s rendition of it) when he had Aslan, in The Magician’s Nephew, sing the Creation into existence.

I’m so pleased that I purchased this particular recording, based on the single 5-star review, which stated that the soprano’s voice was “stunning” and “a very pure, boy-like voice that can only be described as spine tingling”. I totally agree. Like the reviewer, I don’t care for the heavier vibrato and voice quality of most operatic sopranos. The tenor’s voice, by the way, is also “spot-on”. Additionally, I liked the way the conductor interpreted this piece.

If you order the MP3 version of this work, then be sure to download (and print) John Dryden’s 1687 poem “A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day”. You’ll want to read the words as you listen.