Boyce: David's Lamentation

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
One of the greatest native talents of 18th-century England, William Boyce has had an uphill battle to recognition. In posterity, the composer and his contemporaries have been overshadowed by George Frideric Handel, the foreign-born master who settled there and dominated the musical scene for decades. Boyce's eight brief symphonies are now relatively well known as delightful precursors of the classical style, and his vocal and theatrical music also offers much enjoyment. The main work on this disc -- part of an ongoing Boyce series from the Hanover Band and the Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Graham Lea-Cox -- is a dramatic oratorio first performed in 1736, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
One of the greatest native talents of 18th-century England, William Boyce has had an uphill battle to recognition. In posterity, the composer and his contemporaries have been overshadowed by George Frideric Handel, the foreign-born master who settled there and dominated the musical scene for decades. Boyce's eight brief symphonies are now relatively well known as delightful precursors of the classical style, and his vocal and theatrical music also offers much enjoyment. The main work on this disc -- part of an ongoing Boyce series from the Hanover Band and the Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Graham Lea-Cox -- is a dramatic oratorio first performed in 1736, when Boyce was only 24 years old. He revised David's Lamentation over Saul and Jonathan for Dublin performances in 1744, and this is the version given here, along with two arias from the original score. The young composer shows a sure hand, responding to the grief and tragedy of the dramatic situation with music of deeply felt emotion, especially in the poignant duet "Sad Israel!" Boyce's Ode on St. Cecilia's Day strikes a more upbeat note right from the start of its invigorating overture. The patron saint of music, Cecilia earned many such tributes from composers; Boyce himself wrote two, setting the text "The Chams of Harmony display" in this ode from the late 1730s. He writes arias and choruses worthy of his topic as he sings the praises of music's power in love, war, and peace. Any baroque aficionado will find both of these lovely works to be well worth discovering, especially in such gracefully idiomatic performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2000
  • Label: Gaudeamus
  • UPC: 743625020823
  • Catalog Number: 208

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–20 David's Lamentation Over Saul and Jonathan, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra - William Boyce & Pavlo Beznosiuk (47:30)
    Composed byWilliam Boyce
    Conducted byGraham Lea-Cox
    Performed byPavlo Beznosiuk, Choir of New College, Oxford, Richard Edgar-Wilson, William Purefoy, Andrew Watts, Graham Lea-Cox, Patrick Burrowes
    1. 1No. 1, Overture; I. Largo - Presto Allegro - Largo
    2. 2No. 1, Overture; II. Affettuoso
    3. 3No. 2, Chorus; Sing Sacred Prophet
    4. 4No. 3, Recitative; Now Saul was by the proud Philistines slain
    5. 5No. 4, Aria; Israel is fall'n, is undone
    6. 6No. 5, Recitative; David resum'd, his Soul afflicted
    7. 7No. 6, Aria; Swift indulge thy cruel Aid
    8. 8No. 7, Recitative; Seeing the King thus tortur'd
    9. 9No. 8, Aria; Take this Bracelet, deck thine Arm
    10. 10No. 9, Recitative; Struck as with Thunder, David rends his clothes
    11. 11No. 10, Chorus; For Saul, for Jonathan, they fast, they weep
    12. 12No. 11, Recitative; David again, "Whence art thou?"
    13. 13No. 12, Aria; How cou'd Conscience hush her Stings
    14. 14No. 13, Recitative; Then David the Amalekite survey'd
    15. 15No. 14, Duet; Sad Israel! Thy Beauty's Pride
    16. 16No. 15, Recitative; Never, O never! Let this Guilt
    17. 17No. 16, Aria; On Thee, Mount Gilboa
    18. 18No. 17, Chorus; Daughters of Israel, weep
    19. 19No. 18, Recitative; How are the Mighty fallen! O how slain
    20. 20No. 19, Chorus; How are the Mighty fallen!
  2. 21–27 Ode for St. Cecilia's Day - William Boyce & Pavlo Beznosiuk (23:10)
    Composed byWilliam Boyce
    Conducted byGraham Lea-Cox
    Performed byPavlo Beznosiuk, Choir of New College, Oxford, Richard Edgar-Wilson, William Purefoy, Andrew Watts, Graham Lea-Cox, Patrick Burrowes
    1. 21No. 1, Overture; I. Allegro - (Moderato)
    2. 22No. 1, Overture; II. Minuet
    3. 23No. 2, Chorus; The Charms of Harmony display
    4. 24No. 3, Aria; If the hopeless Lover's Heart
    5. 25No. 4, Trio; Where Peace prevails and Plenty flows
    6. 26No. 5, Aria; In War's fierce Alarms
    7. 27No. 6, Chorus; Cecilia sings and strikes the Lyre
  3. 28 David's Lamentation Over Saul and Jonathan, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra: No.4, Aria Israel is fall'n, is undone (London Ver - William Boyce & Pavlo Beznosiuk (3:51)
    Composed byWilliam Boyce
    Conducted byGraham Lea-Cox
    Performed byPavlo Beznosiuk, Choir of New College, Oxford, Richard Edgar-Wilson, William Purefoy, Andrew Watts, Graham Lea-Cox, Patrick Burrowes
  4. 29 David's Lamentation Over Saul and Jonathan, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra: No.15, Recitative Never, o never! Let this Guilt ( - William Boyce & Pavlo Beznosiuk (0:21)
    Composed byWilliam Boyce
    Conducted byGraham Lea-Cox
    Performed byPavlo Beznosiuk, Choir of New College, Oxford, Richard Edgar-Wilson, William Purefoy, Andrew Watts, Graham Lea-Cox, Patrick Burrowes
  5. 30 David's Lamentation Over Saul and Jonathan, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra: No.16, Aria On thee, Mount Gilboa (London Version, - William Boyce & Pavlo Beznosiuk (4:04)
    Composed byWilliam Boyce
    Conducted byGraham Lea-Cox
    Performed byPavlo Beznosiuk, Choir of New College, Oxford, Richard Edgar-Wilson, William Purefoy, Andrew Watts, Graham Lea-Cox, Patrick Burrowes
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