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As Steals the Morn: Handel Arias & Scenes for Tenor
     

As Steals the Morn: Handel Arias & Scenes for Tenor

by Mark Padmore
 
British tenor Mark Padmore brings together a collection of English and Italian arias from Handel oratorios and operas. Padmore, who performs works of many eras in a wide range of styles, has primarily settled into the kind of repertoire Peter Pears comfortably inhabited, but with a stronger emphasis on Baroque opera and oratorio. Padmore's

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British tenor Mark Padmore brings together a collection of English and Italian arias from Handel oratorios and operas. Padmore, who performs works of many eras in a wide range of styles, has primarily settled into the kind of repertoire Peter Pears comfortably inhabited, but with a stronger emphasis on Baroque opera and oratorio. Padmore's voice resembles Pears' in some ways; it's a light instrument, and is capable of great agility. It has some of Pears' limitations, particularly a tendency toward tonal blandness and lack of variety in its colors, as well as a slight edge when pushed. Most importantly, though, Padmore does not have Pears' reedy quality or breathiness -- his voice is pure and more mellow than Pears'. Except for some lack of full support in its very lowest reaches, this repertoire vocally suits him well. He is capable of summoning up a high sense of drama, as he does so well in "Tu, spietato," from "Tamerlano," but perhaps because his voice is not particularly colorful, he is less effective in the more subtle matters of phrasing, where a well-placed inflection can illuminate a character. His ornamentation in the da capo arias is consistently effective and gracefully executed. Padmore is most at ease and effective in the more lyrical arias, and in "Thus when the sun from's wat'ry bed," from "Samson"; "Waft her, angels," from "Jephtha"; and "Tune your harps," from "Esther," he is genuinely magical. The concluding duet from "L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato," with soprano Lucy Crowe is ravishingly limpid. Andrew Manze leads the English Concert in brisk and fluent accompaniments, and Harmonia Mundi's sound is exemplary throughout.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
[A] beguilingly rich and sensitive recital from one of the most thoughtful tenors of his generation.... It is the joy in conveying the emotional core of each situation which marks out this disc.
BBC Music Magazine - Nicholas Anderson
This is one of the most alluring recitals of its kind that has come my way for a very long time.... Padmore reveals the composer's enormous affective range in singing that is variously passionate, tender and ardent.... An outstanding recital.
Opera News - Judith Malafronte
Padmore proves himself a perfect Handelian in a superb recital.... Padmore and Manze have mined the music for its expressive essence.
Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
1/2 [Padmore's] soft-sell approach readily reveals the person behind the voice - always important with music as outwardly formal as Handel's.
San Francisco Chronicle - Joshua Kosman
On this enchanting disc, [Padmore sings] with melting (if sometimes lingering) lyricism and a pointed sense of drama.
Daily Telegraph - Richard Wigmore
[Padore has always excelled in tenderness, and he is ideally dulcet in such Handelian favourites as "Where'er you Walk" from Semele and Jephtha 's seraphic "Waft her, Angels".... Few [Handel recitals] are as rewarding or involving as this one.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
0093046742225
catalogNumber:
907422

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Tracks

  1. Alceste, incidental music, HWV 45: Act 4. Enjoy the sweet Elysian grove, song  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Elsa Beaulieu  - Tobias Smollet
  2. Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Act 2. Scene 3. Where'er you walk, air  - George Frideric Handel  - William Congreve  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Elsa Beaulieu
  3. Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Part 1. Unre voi, aria  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Thomas Morell  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Benedetto Pamphili  - Elsa Beaulieu
  4. Tamerlano, opera, HWV 18: Act 1. Scene 1. Forte e lieto, aria  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Massimo Ossi  - Mark Padmore  - Agostino Piovene  - Elsa Beaulieu
  5. Tamerlano, opera, HWV 18: Act 3. Scene 10. Oh per me lieto, avventuroso gior  - George Frideric Handel  - Robin Blaze  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Massimo Ossi  - Mark Padmore  - Lucy Crowe  - Elsa Beaulieu
  6. Tamerlano, opera, HWV 18: Act 3. Scene 10. Figlia mia, arioso / Tu, spietato  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Massimo Ossi  - Mark Padmore  - Agostino Piovene  - Elsa Beaulieu
  7. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 1. Scene 2. Total eclipse  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Newburgh Hamilton  - Elsa Beaulieu
  8. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 2. Scene 2. Did love constrain thee?, recitati  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Newburgh Hamilton  - Elsa Beaulieu
  9. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 2. Scene 2. Your charms to ruin led the way, a  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Newburgh Hamilton  - Elsa Beaulieu
  10. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 3. Scene 1. Let but that spirit, recitative /  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Newburgh Hamilton  - Elsa Beaulieu
  11. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 3. Scene 1. Thus when the sun from's wat'ry be  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Newburgh Hamilton  - Elsa Beaulieu
  12. Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Act 3. Scene 6. Fatto inferno, accompagnato  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Antonio Salvi  - Elsa Beaulieu
  13. Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Act 3. Scene 6. Pastorello d'un povero armento, ar  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Antonio Salvi  - Elsa Beaulieu
  14. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Act 1. Scene 2. Tune your harps, air  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Katharina Spreckelsen  - Elsa Beaulieu
  15. Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Act 2. Scene 2. Heav'n smiles once more, recitativ  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Thomas Morell  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Elsa Beaulieu
  16. Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Act 2. Scene 2. His mighty arm  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Thomas Morell  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Elsa Beaulieu
  17. Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Act 3. Scene 1. Waft her, angels, air  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Andrew Manze  - Thomas Morell  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Elsa Beaulieu
  18. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Pastoral Ode), oratorio, HWV 55: Part 3. As steals the morn, duet  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Concert  - Charles Jennens  - Andrew Manze  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Mark Padmore  - Lucy Crowe  - Elsa Beaulieu

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