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John Eccles: The Judgment of Paris - Benjamin Hulett (tenor); Claire Booth (soprano); Lucy Crowe (soprano); Roderick Williams (baritone);...
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  1. The Judgment of Paris or the Prize Music, masque
  2. Mad Songs (3), for voice & orchestra
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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 ...

John Eccles: The Judgment of Paris 2009, Chandos Early Music

UPC: 095115075920