John Eccles: The Judgment of Paris (2009)
Benjamin Hulett (tenor), Claire Booth (soprano), Lucy Crowe (soprano), Roderick Williams (baritone), Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano), Chorus of Early Opera Company (choir, chorus), Orchestra of Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn (conductor)
composed by John Eccles
England was really slow to embrace operas that had singing from start to finish; some attendees were mostly interested in seeing the plays and not ... Show synopsis England was really slow to embrace operas that had singing from start to finish; some attendees were mostly interested in seeing the plays and not too crazy about the opera part. In order to help stimulate acceptance of a theatrical form that was all the rage in continental Europe, a competition was held in 1700 for the best opera on the subject of The Judgment of Paris, with a libretto by no less than the great playwright who coined the very term "Music has charms to soothe a savage breast" in his play The Mourning Bride , William Congreve. Four composers responded to the challenge -- Daniel Purcell, Gottfried Finger, John Weldon, and John Eccles -- whose entry this Chandos recording, Eccles: The Judgment of Paris, represents. It is given by the Early Opera Company under Christian Curnyn and features a cast led by baritone Roderick Williams.Eccles, then serving as the King's Master of Musick, did not win the big prize, Weldon's sing-songy effort did, which is more a referendum on the taste of...