Whereer You Walk

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Whereer You Walk

Arias for Handels Favourite Tenor

 Allan Clayton
 Classical Opera
 Ian Page

Classical Opera explore a wealth of arias by Handel and his contemporaries William Boyce, John Christopher Smith and Thomas Arne, all of which were composed for the celebrated 18th-century tenor John Beard (1716-1791). For this recording Allan Clayton steps ably into this role, performing alongside the Orchestra of Classical Opera under Ian Page. The disc also features a duet with Mary Bevan, from Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.

 



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What people are saying

"This excellent Handel album, essentially as good as it gets in this repertoire, features music originally sung by the English tenor John Beard (1715-1791) who was for 25 years, as the title suggests Handel’s favourite tenor ... This 69 minute CD really is a delight, and I cannot recommend it too highly." Classic FM

"The outstanding young tenor fulfils his early promise in music sung by 'Handels favourite Tenor', John Beard...he phrases with immaculate taste and style ." The Sunday Times, May 2016

4* - "...rousing renditions." The Times, May 2016

"...bright and burnished, thrillingly dramatised." Gramophone, June 2016 

"A must for early music devotees." Gramophone, June 2016 

"With a trophy-earning striker's balance of natural ability and unwavering discipline, he possesses a Champions League-worthy voice and an uncanny ability to find the goal despite every conceivable complication on the pitch - and with imperturbably certain pitch!" Les Voix Des Arts, June 2016 

"This compilation provides a useful insight into some of the music written for the English stage around the last decades of Handel's towering career, and captures at least the technical accomplishment of Allan Clayton's singing." - Classical Source, July 2016 

"A greatly enjoyable recital, enhanced by the stylish and well-played support provided by Ian Page and his Classical Opera orchestra." - OPERA Magazine, July 2016

"Particularly moving are the areas form Berenice and Jephtha… a delight, the delicate tracery of voices echoed by the oboe and bassoon." Classical Ear, August 2016

"… there’s a guileless beauty of tone in Clayton’s Handel … he is a stylish but not slavish Handelian … led by Matthew Truscott, the string playing is reliably silky, well articulated and quick-witted, with musky obbligato solos from bassoonist Philip Turbett and oboist James Eastway." Anna Picard, August 2016

 Allan Clayton Tenor

Classical Opera

Ian Page Conductor

 

Release date: 6th May 2016
Order code: SIGCD457
Barcode: 635212045725

1.Esther, HWV 50a: Tune Your Harps to Cheerful StrainsGeorge Frideric Handel3.47
2.Il pastor fido, HWV 8a: Sol nel mezzo risona del coreGeorge Frideric Handel3.51
3.Ariodante, HWV 33: Sinfonia to Act 2 George Frideric Handel1.06
4.Ariodante, HWV 33: Tu vivi, e punitoGeorge Frideric Handel3.38
5.Alcina, HWV 34: M'inganna, me n'avveggoGeorge Frideric Handel0.16
6.Alcina, HWV 34: Un momento di contentoGeorge Frideric Handel4.09
7.Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: Happy Pair (Air)George Frideric Handel2.11
8.Alexander's Feast, HWV 75:George Frideric Handel2.19
9.Berenice, HWV 38: Vedi l'ape che ingegnosaGeorge Frideric Handel4.35
10.L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: As Steals The MornGeorge Frideric Handel5.50
11.Solomon: Sinfonia to Part 2 William Boyce2.32
12.Solomon: My fair's a garden of delight William Boyce0.22
13.Solomon:William Boyce3.20
14.Solomon: Ye southern breezes gently blowWilliam Boyce2.20
15.Samson, HWV 57: Let but that spiritGeorge Frideric Handel0.38
16.Samson, HWV 57: Thus when the sun from's wat'ry bedGeorge Frideric Handel3.48
17.Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Tis well, my friendsGeorge Frideric Handel0.34
18.Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Call forth thy pow'rsGeorge Frideric Handel1.42
19.Jephtha, HWV 70: Hide thou thy hated beamsGeorge Frideric Handel2.30
20.Jephtha, HWV 70: A father, off'ring up his only childGeorge Frideric Handel0.21
21.Jephtha, HWV 70: Waft her, angels George Frideric Handel4.13
22.The Fairies: Hark how the hounds and hornJohn Christopher Smith5.50
23.Artaxerxes: Thou, like the glorious sunThomas Arne4.50
24.Semele, HWV 58: See, she appearsGeorge Frideric Handel0.39
25.Semele, HWV 58: Where'er you walk George Frideric Handel4.41

This excellent Handel album, essentially as good as it gets in this repertoire, features music originally sung by the English tenor John Beard (1715-1791) who was for 25 years, as the title suggests Handel’s favourite tenor. Allan Clayton, accompanied by the choir and orchestra of Classical Opera directed by Ian Page sounds really well in music, some of which is familiar, like the title aria from Semele, but quite a lot of which is not at all well known, and should be. Stuff like “Tune Your Harps to Cheerful Strains” from Esther, where Clayton duets most beautifully with the delightfully played oboe of James Eastaway. Eastaway also features in a duet “As Steals the Morn” which also features the soprano Mary Bevan. This 69 minute CD really is a delight, and I cannot recommend it too highly.

 

Classic FM, David Melor