Title: Hail! right Cecilia A Song to St Cecilia Cacilienesse
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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. 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.
Handel: A Song for Saint Cecilia's Day Audio CD. Marc Minkowski. While St Cecilia is the figure who inspired this recording, the album showcases music by three composers whose anniversary years are being celebrated in 2009: Purcell was born in 1659, while Handel and Haydn died in 1759 and 1809, respectively. This album contains 3 works dedicated to St. Cecilia : Odes by Purcell and Handel, and a Mass by Haydn. The good news is that the Handel is excellent, Lucy Crowe giving a fantastic performance in all her arias, Richard Croft manages not to sound like a turkey while singing "the double double double beat" and the orchestral soloists are crisp and energetic.
Hail! bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's day) Henry Purcell. Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble. Les Musiciens du Louvre – Marc Minkowski conductor – Nicolas Jenkins choir leader – Lucy Crowe soprano – Nathalie Stutzmann contralto – David Bates countertenor – Anders Dahlin tenor – Richard Croft tenor – Luca Tittoto bass – Neil Baker bass-baritone. Hail! bright Cecilia (Ode for St. Cecilia's day) Henry Purcell Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, HWV 76 Georg Friedrich Händel Cäcilienmesse, Hob XXII:5 (excerpt) Joseph Haydn
The outstanding soloists also contribute to making this disc a reference. Personnel: Lucy Crowe (soprano), Richard Croft (tenor), Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski (conductor).
Hail! Bright Cecilia (. 28), also known as Ode to St. Cecilia, was composed by Henry Purcell to a text by the Irishman Nicholas Brady in 1692 in honour of the feast day of Saint Cecilia, patron saint of musicians. Annual celebrations of this saint's feast day (22 November) began in 1683, organised by the Musical Society of London, a group of musicians and music lovers.
In Purcell's 1692 Ode to St Cecilia, Minkowski's tempos can seem a little hurried, and a few vowel sounds are conspicuously imperfect, but the players and singers delight in this magical music. Handel's 1739 A Song for St Cecilia's Day fully matches Purcell's work for its engaging inventiveness. Here, the cellist Nils Wieboldt deserves special praise. Finally, the Kyrie and Gloria (1766), and two movements from the 1773 Credo of Haydn's magnificent, long-gestated St Cecilia Mass, are vivacious yet touching. Naive NAI5183 (2 CDs).
Album · 2011 · 13 Songs. A Song for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76: "From Harmony". Marc Minkowski & Les Musiciens du Louvre. 3. A Song for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76: "When Nature". 4. A Song for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76: "From Harmony" (II). 5. A Song for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76: "What Passion Cannot Music Raise".