Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1


London Early Opera follow up their debut release with a treasure trove of music by George Frideric Handel, as well as his contemporaries Thomas Arne and John Hebden, centered on the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens – a carnival of music and entertainments that entertained visitors for nearly 200 years. The booklet notes features images and expert commentaries of the Vauxhall Gardens by author David E. Coke and conductor and musicologist Bridget Cunningham.

★★★★★ Revelatory – a superbly performed, thoroughly enjoyable disc – Choir & Organ

A treasure trove… highly recommended – The Northern Echo

Bridget Cunningham’s re-imagining of the first part of a typical evening’s entertainment puts George Frideric centrestage, and sets the scene delectably with the flirtatious bustle of the Sinfonia to Acis and Galatea – BBC Music Magazine

An attractive potpourri… bright, lively sound – The Observer

A perfectly sensible and enjoyable approach to imagining what a typical night at Vauxhall might have sounded like. There is a charming ebba and flow to this hypothetical entertainment – Gramophone

Most decorously sung and played by London Early Opera, conducted by Bridget Cunningham – Financial Times


London Early Opera

Bridget Cunningham conductor
Daniel Moult organ

RELEASE DATE: 04/03/2016
BARCODE: 635212042823

1. Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Sinfonia George Frideric Handel

2. Organ Improvisation in the style of John Worgan and Handel Daniel Moult

Organ Concerto Op. 4 No. 2 in B flat Major, HWV 290

George Frideric Handel

3. I. Sinfonia: A tempo ordinario e staccato

4. II. Allegro

5. III. Adagio e staccato

6. IV. Allegro ma non presto

Acis and Galatea, HWV 49

George Frideric Handel

7. Ye verdant plains and woody mountains

8. Hush, ye pretty warbling choir!

9. Colin and Phoebe: A Pastoral Thomas Arne

10. Saul, HWV 53: Dead March George Frideric Handel

11. The Advice George Frideric Handel

12. The Melancholy Nymph, HWV 228 No. 19 George Frideric Handel

Concerto for Strings and Basso Continuo No 1 in A Major

John Hebden

13. I. Adagio

14. II. Fuga

15. III. Largo

16. IV. Allegro

17. L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: As steals the morn upon the night George Frideric Handel

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