Handel: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, 1740


The Gabrieli’s first Handel recording in over a decade is particularly special, recreating in painstaking detail the very first performance of L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, given in 1740, with additional instrumental repertoire including a Handel organ concerto and two concerti grossi.

With a reputation as peerless Handelians, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & players bring meticulous research to every performance and recording project, and are joined on this disc by a stunning selection of soloists.

★★★★★ This is quite simply life-enhancing music making, a glorious achievement in every respect – Early Music Today

★★★★★ McCreesh finds all the expressive opportunities in a blissful production, at times breathtakingly beautiful – Choir & Organ

★★★★★ The choral elements are scrupulously handled by the Gabrieli Consort – BBC Music Magazine

McCreesh’s superb Gabrieli Consort and Players present all this…with flair, a pristine sense of style and infectious energy – The Times

Handel’s ravishing score [is] realised to perfection by Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli… A glorious recording – The Observer

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RELEASE DATE: 04/05/2015
BARCODE: 635212039229


Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Major, Op. 6, HWV 319

1. I. A tempo guisto

2. II. Allegro

3. III. Adagio

4. IV. Allegro

5. V. Allegro

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Part I

6. L’Allegro, Recitative Accompany’d

7. Il Penseroso, Recitative Accompany’d “Hence! vain deluding Joys”

8. L’Allegro, Air “Come, thou goddess, fair and free”

9. Il Penseroso, Air “Come rather, goddess, sage and holy”

10. L’Allegro, Air & Chorus “Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee”

11. L’Allegro, Air & Chorus “Come and trip it as you go”

12. Il Penseroso, Recitative Accompany’d “Come, pensive nun, devout and pure”

13. Il Penseroso, Air & Chorus “Come, but keep thy wonted state”

14. L’Allegro, Recitative “Hence loathed Melancholy”

15. L’Allegro, Air “Mirth, admit me of thy crew”

16. Il Penseroso, Recitative Accompany’d “First, and chief, on golden wing”

17. Il Penseroso, Air “Sweet bird, that shuns’t the noise of folly”

18. L’Allegro, Recitative “If I give thee honour due”

19. L’Allegro, Air “Mirth, admit me of thy crew”

20. Il Penseroso, Air “Oft on a plat of rising ground”

21. L’Allegro, Recitative “If I give thee honour due”

22. L’Allegro, Air “Let me wander, not unseen”

23. L’Allegro, Air & Chorus “Or let the merry bells ring round”

Concerto Grosso No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 6, HWV 321

24. I. Larghetto

25. II. Andante

26. III. Allegro

27. IV. Polonaise – Andante

28. V. Allegro, ma non troppo

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Part II

29. Il Penseroso, Recitative Accompany’d “Hence, vain deluding Joys”

30. Il Penseroso, Air “But O! sad virgin, that thy power”

31. Il Penseroso, Recitative “Thus, Night, oft see me in thy pale career”


L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Part II

1. L’Allegro, Chorus “Populous cities please me then”

2. L’Allegro, Air “There let Hymen oft appear”

3. Il Penseroso, Recitative Accompany’d “Me, when the sun begins to fling”

4. Il Penseroso, Air “Hide me from day’s garish eye”

5. L’Allegro, Air “I’ll to the well-trod stage anon”

6. L’Allegro, Air “And ever against eating cares”

7. L’Allegro, Air & Chorus “These delights if thou canst give”

8. Il Penseroso, Recitative “But let my due feet never fail”

9. Il Penseroso, Chorus “There let the pealing organ blow”

10. Il Penseroso, Organo ad libitum & Chorus “These pleasures, Melancholy, give”

Organ Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, HWV 306

11. I. Andante

12. II. Largo e piano

13. III. Fuga

14. IV. Adagio: Organo ad libitum

15. V. Bouree

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Part III

16. Il Moderato, Recitative Accompany’d “Hence! boast not, ye profane”

17. Il Moderato, Recitative Accompany’d & Chorus “Come, with native lustre shine”

18. Il Moderato, Air “Come, with gentle hand restrain”

19. Il Moderato, Recitative “No more short life they then will spend”

20. Il Moderato, Air “Each action will derive new grace”

21. L’Allegro & il Penseroso, Duet “As steals the morn upon the night”

22. Il Moderato, Chorus “Thy pleasure, Moderation give”

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