Where'er You Walk: Arias for Handel's Favourite Tenor

Where'er You Walk: Arias for Handel's Favourite Tenor

by Allan Clayton

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Where'er You Walk: Arias for Handel's Favourite Tenor

When it comes to Handel aria collections, it's the countertenors and sopranos that get all the recording time. The entirely beneficial trend of organizing these recordings by the people who sang the music in Handel's time may touch on a tenor here for the first time, and the effect is different from the various albums devoted to the soprano and countertenor repertoire. The tenor John Beard was not a flashy Italian import, but a native Englander, and he had a long career with Handel. He might, the detailed booklet observes, have sung Handel's anthems as a 12-year-old at the coronation of George II in 1727. One imagines that while Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni were making headlines by duking it out on-stage, connoisseurs preferred a quieter appreciation of Beard. There are several attractive features here, starting with the voice of tenor Allan Clayton: it seems suited to languid pastoral melodies, but explodes quite unexpectedly with power in the heroic ones. You get several chunks of music beyond single arias, including one by William Boyce (tracks 11-14), which breaks up the elevated Handelian mood nicely. The gentle playing of the choir and orchestra of Classical Opera under Ian Page fits the general concept well, and much of the material deserves a fresh, careful performance. Sample Clayton's extraordinarily graceful reading of "As steals the morn" from "L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato" (track ten), and enjoy!

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2016
Label: Signum Uk
UPC: 0635212045725
catalogNumber: 457
Rank: 139677

Tracks

  1. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50a: Air, Tune your harps to cheerful strains

    1. Air, Tune your harps to cheerful strains  (03:46)
  2. Il Pastor Fido, opera, HWV 8a: Aria, Sol nel mezzo risona del core

    1. Aria, Sol nel mezzo risona del core  (03:50)
  3. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Sinfonia to Act Two

    1. Sinfonia to Act Two  (01:07)
  4. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Aria, Tu vivi, e punito

    1. Aria, Tu vivi, e punito  (03:38)
  5. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Recitativo, M'inganna, me n'avveggo

    1. Recitativo, M'inganna, me n'avveggo  (00:17)
  6. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Aria, Un momento di contento

    1. Aria, Un momento di contento  (04:09)
  7. Alexander's Feast, ode for St. Cecilia's Day, HWV 75: Air, Happy pair

    1. Air, Happy pair  (02:11)
  8. Alexander's Feast, ode for St. Cecilia's Day, HWV 75: Chorus, Happy pair

    1. Chorus, Happy pair  (02:19)
  9. Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, opera, HWV 38: Aria, Vedi l'ape che ingegnosa

    1. Aria, Vedi l'ape che ingegnosa  (04:35)
  10. L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Pastoral Ode), oratorio, HWV 55: Duet, As steals the morn upon the night

    1. Duet, As steals the morn upon the night  (05:50)
  11. Solomon, serenata for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Sinfonia to Part Two

    1. Sinfonia to Part Two  (02:32)
  12. Solomon, serenata for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Recitative, My fair's a garden of delight

    1. Recitative, My fair's a garden of delight  (00:22)
  13. Solomon, serenata for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Air, Softly rise, o southern breeze

    1. Air, Softly rise, o southern breeze  (03:20)
  14. Solomon, serenata for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Chorus, Ye southern breezes gently blow

    1. Chorus, Ye southern breezes gently blow  (02:02)
  15. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Recitative, Let but that spirit

    1. Recitative, Let but that spirit  (00:39)
  16. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Air, Thus when the sun from's wat'ry bed

    1. Air, Thus when the sun from's wat'ry bed  (03:48)
  17. Judas Maccabaeus, oratorio, HWV 63: Recitative, Tis well, my friends

    1. Recitative, Tis well, my friends  (00:34)
  18. Judas Maccabaeus, oratorio, HWV 63: Air, Call forth thy pow'rs, my soul, and dare

    1. Air, Call forth thy pow'rs, my soul, and dare  (01:42)
  19. Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Air, Hide thou thy hated beams, O sun, in clouds

    1. Air, Hide thou thy hated beams, O sun, in clouds  (02:30)
  20. Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Accompanied recitative, A father, off'ring up his

    1. Accompanied recitative, A father, off'ring up his only child  (00:21)
  21. Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Air, Waft her, angels, through the skies

    1. Air, Waft her, angels, through the skies  (04:13)
  22. The Fairies, comic opera: Air, Hark how the hounds and horn

    1. Air, Hark how the hounds and horn  (05:05)
  23. Artaxerxes, opera in 3 acts: Air, Thou, like the glorious sun

    1. Air, Thou, like the glorious sun  (04:50)
  24. Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Recitative, See, she appears

    1. Recitative, See, she appears  (00:39)
  25. Semele, oratorio, HWV 58: Air, Where'er you walk, cool gales shall fon the g

    1. Air, Where'er you walk, cool gales shall fon the glade  (04:42)

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