As Steals the Morn: Handel Arias & Scenes for Tenor

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 093046742225
  • Catalog Number: 907422
  • Sales rank: 122,154

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alceste, incidental music, HWV 45: Act 4. Enjoy the sweet Elysian grove, song - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (5:37)
  2. 2 Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Act 2. Scene 3. Where'er you walk, air - George Frideric Handel & William Congreve (5:17)
  3. 3 Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Part 1. Unre voi, aria - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (3:32)
  4. 4 Tamerlano, opera, HWV 18: Act 1. Scene 1. Forte e lieto, aria - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (6:08)
  5. 5 Tamerlano, opera, HWV 18: Act 3. Scene 10. Oh per me lieto, avventuroso gior - George Frideric Handel & Robin Blaze (3:53)
  6. 6 Tamerlano, opera, HWV 18: Act 3. Scene 10. Figlia mia, arioso / Tu, spietato - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (6:06)
  7. 7 Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 1. Scene 2. Total eclipse - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (4:38)
  8. 8 Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 2. Scene 2. Did love constrain thee?, recitati - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (0:32)
  9. 9 Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 2. Scene 2. Your charms to ruin led the way, a - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (3:18)
  10. 10 Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 3. Scene 1. Let but that spirit, recitative / - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (0:40)
  11. 11 Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 3. Scene 1. Thus when the sun from's wat'ry be - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (5:32)
  12. 12 Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Act 3. Scene 6. Fatto inferno, accompagnato - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (3:23)
  13. 13 Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Act 3. Scene 6. Pastorello d'un povero armento, ar - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (5:15)
  14. 14 Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Act 1. Scene 2. Tune your harps, air - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (4:19)
  15. 15 Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Act 2. Scene 2. Heav'n smiles once more, recitativ - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (0:32)
  16. 16 Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Act 2. Scene 2. His mighty arm - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (5:59)
  17. 17 Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Act 3. Scene 1. Waft her, angels, air - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (5:43)
  18. 18 L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Pastoral Ode), oratorio, HWV 55: Part 3. As steals the morn, duet - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (6:36)
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