To Saint Cecilia, Works by Purcell, Handel and Haydn

To Saint Cecilia, Works by Purcell, Handel and Haydn

by Marc Minkowski

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Overview

This two-disc set of Baroque and Classical choral music has everything going for it: brilliant programming, splendid packaging, and superlative performances. The program consists of three first-class works dedicated to the patron saint of music, Henry Purcell's "Hail, Bright Cecilia," Handel's "A Song for St. Cecilia," and Haydn's "St. Cecilia Mass." The packaging consists of glorious reproductions of paintings of the saint by a variety of old masters, plus extensive notes and complete texts. Best of all are the performances; led by Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble deliver accounts that rival and often surpass previous recorded efforts. Though the orchestra is nearly chamber-sized, Minkowski elicits full-bodied playing that makes a joyful and very polished noise unto the Lord, or, in this case, St. Cecilia. Minkowski's small chorus turns in performances of refined elegance and tremendous power, and his vocal soloists are just as fine, with Lucy Crowe's soaring soprano being a stand-out. Recorded in startlingly immediate sound, this set is a perfect example of how classical music should be presented on disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2009
Label: Naive
UPC: 0822186051832
catalogNumber: 5183
Rank: 170621

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hail, bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 328

    1. Symphony  (09:49)
    2. Hail! Bright Cecilia!  (04:03)
    3. Hark, each tree  (03:45)
    4. 'Tis Nature's voice  (04:28)
    5. Soul of the world  (02:07)
    6. Thou tun'st this world  (05:11)
    7. With that sublime celestial lay  (02:49)
    8. Wond'rous machine  (02:12)
    9. The airy violin  (01:16)
    10. In vain the am'rous flute  (06:36)
    11. The fife and all the hamony of war  (02:52)
    12. Let these amongst themselves contest  (02:22)
    13. Hail! Bright Cecilia!  (04:09)
  2. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76

    1. The soft complaining flute  (06:28)
    2. Sharp Violins proclaim  (03:34)
    3. But oh! What art can teach  (05:43)
    4. Orpheus could lead  (01:29)
    5. But bright Cecilia  (00:54)
    6. As from the pow'r of sacred lays  (07:52)
    7. Overture. Larghetto e staccato - Allegro - Minuetto 1 - Minuetto 2  (05:14)
    8. From harmony  (00:30)
    9. When Nature  (02:54)
    10. From harmony  (03:17)
    11. What passion cannot Music raise  (10:12)
    12. The trumpet's loud clangor  (03:12)
    13. March  (01:39)

Disc 2

  1. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Kyrie. Kyrie 1

    1. Kyrie. Kyrie 1  (03:09)
  2. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Kyrie. Christe

    1. Kyrie. Christe  (03:02)
  3. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Kyrie. Kyrie 2

    1. Kyrie. Kyrie 2  (02:51)
  4. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Gloria. Gloria in excelsis Deo

    1. Gloria. Gloria in excelsis Deo  (02:37)
  5. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Gloria. Laudamus te

    1. Gloria. Laudamus te  (03:35)
  6. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Gloria. Gratias agimus tibi

    1. Gloria. Gratias agimus tibi  (02:49)
  7. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Gloria. Domine Deus

    1. Gloria. Domine Deus  (05:03)
  8. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Gloria. Qui tollis peccata mundi

    1. Gloria. Qui tollis peccata mundi  (05:14)
  9. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Gloria. Quoniam tu solus sanctus

    1. Gloria. Quoniam tu solus sanctus  (02:53)
  10. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Gloria. Cum Sancto Spiritu

    1. Gloria. Cum Sancto Spiritu  (00:27)
  11. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Gloria. In Gloria Dei Patris

    1. Gloria. In Gloria Dei Patris  (03:03)
  12. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Credo. Et incarnatus est

    1. Credo. Et incarnatus est  (08:33)
  13. Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5: Credo. Et resurrexit

    1. Credo. Et resurrexit  (04:36)

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