Handel at his most lyrical, and that's saying a lot.
Sound nuts will be especially impressed: the blend of HIP orchestra and hall is just perfect. Vocals, choir and orchestra are provided all the aural elbow room they need, whatever dynamic. Crisp, resounding (trumpets and tymp) and crystal clear recording throughout. Vinegary oboe and strings addictive. I knew I would love the performance from the very first notes. My old stand-by on Archiv with Lott and Parrott sounds comparably flat and opaque, especially noticeable in the final number for Chorus, Trumpets and Soprano.
The two "hits" for soprano -- "What Passions Cannot Music Raise," and "The Soft, Complaining Flute" are ravishingly beautiful, though Mary Bevan is no Felicity Lott, but then, who is? If you only collect random tracks to play during dinner or before bed, these would fit the bill.
Fillers include the BbM Concerto Grosso Fugue on a single note! (Not quite) and a Cantata for Tenor.
Edits: 07/02/17This post is made possible by the generous support of people like you and our sponsors:
Topic - Handel's St. Cecilia on Delphian on sale at Pro Studio: I can't recommend enough - email@example.com 11:34:02 07/02/17 (6)
- "My old stand-by on Archiv with Lott and Parrott" - You mean Lott and Pinnock? - Chris from Lafayette 14:06:25 07/02/17 (5)
- I'm sorry Knappertsbusch never got to it. : ) nt - firstname.lastname@example.org 17:57:39 07/02/17 (4)
- If only! - Chris from Lafayette 19:21:08 07/02/17 (3)
- Well, the Delphian will do for quite awhile. nt - email@example.com 20:29:36 07/02/17 (2)
- BTW, so you DID mean Lott and Pinnock in your previous post? [nt] - Chris from Lafayette 00:16:40 07/03/17 (1)
- Actually Lott and Celibidache. : ) (Yes.) - firstname.lastname@example.org 07:10:06 07/03/17 (0)