Handel: An Ode for St. Cecilia's Day - Carolyn Sampson (soprano); Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet); James Gilchrist (tenor); Jonathan Cohen (cello);...
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  1. Ode for St Cecilia's Day (Song for St Cecilia's Day) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, HWV 76
  2. Cecilia, Volgi un Sguardo, cantata for soprano, tenor, strings & continuo, HWV 89
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Even if you think the big "Rule, Britannia!" mood is the way to go with Handel, give a chance to Robert King's version of the Ode for St. Cecilia's Day, recorded with the King's Consort and its choir on the Hyperion label. Handel in this much-loved work set a poem in praise of music by John Dryden; between opening and closing stanzas that implicate music in the creation and the dissolution of the universe, Dryden penned evocative little portraits of individual instruments ("Sharp violins proclaim/Their jealous pangs and ...

Handel: An Ode for St. Cecilia's Day 2004, Hyperion

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