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Handel: L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato, 1740

Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh & Gabrieli

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Handel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato was composed in 1740, and musically it shares much with Messiah, from a couple of years later. It has been comparatively neglected because, in several ways, it does not hang together as well as the later work. Based on a pair of poems by John Milton, L'Allegro (The Joyful One) and Il Penseroso (The Thoughtful One), with a third middle-of-the-road type added by Messiah librettist Charles Jennens (whom one satirist dubbed "Il Moderatissimo"), the work has been called an oratorio, a semi-oratorio, a pastoral ode, and more. It has no plot to speak of, and Handel kept revising the work to suit new performance demands, with the result that its performance tradition has accumulated a large number of random arias. This performance by conductor Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort & Players represents an attempt to reconstruct what Handel intended for the original performance, and far from being an exercise, this results in a concise work with a persuasive alternation of big, Messiah-like choruses and arias that embody the qualities depicted in the poems. For those who love Messiah and have never heard this work, sample the opening chorus-and-bass number on CD 2, "Populous cities please me then," with its big musical spaces. McCreesh introduces each of the work's three sections with an instrumental concerto, something well attested to in the original sources, and he benefits from an exceptionally strong group of soloists who capture the moods essential to what logic the work has. Strongly recommended for anyone interested in going beyond the Handelian basics.
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1
Concerto Grosso in G Major, HWV 319: I. A tempo guisto
Gabrieli Consort
00:01:46

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

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2
Concerto Grosso in G Major, HWV 319: II. Allegro
Gabrieli Consort
00:01:44

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

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3
Concerto Grosso in G Major, HWV 319: III. Adagio
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:33

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

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4
Concerto Grosso in G Major, HWV 319: IV. Allegro
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:37

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

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5
Concerto Grosso in G Major, HWV 319: V. Allegro
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:39

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

6
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Hence! Loathed Melancholy"
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:03

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Jeremy Ovenden, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

7
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Hence! Vain deluding Joys"
Gabrieli Consort
00:00:51

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

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8
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Come, Thou Goddess, Fair and Free"
Gabrieli Consort
00:01:41

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Laurence Kilsby, MainArtist

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9
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Come Rather, Goddess, Sage and Holy"
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:54

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

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10
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Haste Thee, Nymph, and Bring with Thee"
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Jeremy Ovenden, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

11
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Come and Trip it as You Go"
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:26

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Jeremy Ovenden, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

12
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Come, Pensive Nun, Devout and Pure"
Gabrieli Consort
00:01:01

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

13
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Come, but Keep Thy Wonted State"
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:01

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

14
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Hence Loathed Melancholy"
Gabrieli Consort
00:00:27

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Jeremy Ovenden, MainArtist - Laurence Kilsby, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

15
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Mirth, Admit Me of Thy Crew"
Gabrieli Consort
00:04:04

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Laurence Kilsby, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

16
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "First, and Chief, On Golden Wing"
Gabrieli Consort
00:00:55

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

17
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Sweet Bird, That Shuns’t the Noise of Folly"
Gabrieli Consort
00:13:28

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

18
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "If I Give Thee Honour Due"
Gabrieli Consort
00:00:10

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Ashley Riches, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

19
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Mirth, Admit Me of Thy Crew"
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:26

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Ashley Riches, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

20
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Oft On a Plat of Rising Ground"
Gabrieli Consort
00:03:23

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

21
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "If I Give Thee Honour Due"
Gabrieli Consort
00:00:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Jeremy Ovenden, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

22
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Let Me Wander, Not Unseen"
Gabrieli Consort
00:01:43

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Jeremy Ovenden, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

23
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act I: "Or Let the Merry Bells Ring Round"
Gabrieli Consort
00:03:45

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Laurence Kilsby, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

24
Concerto Grosso in E Minor, HWV 321: I. Larghetto
Gabrieli Consort
00:01:19

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

25
Concerto Grosso in E Minor, HWV 321: II. Andante
Gabrieli Consort
00:01:25

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

26
Concerto Grosso in E Minor, HWV 321: III. Allegro
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:36

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

27
Concerto Grosso in E Minor, HWV 321: IV. Polonaise - Andante
Gabrieli Consort
00:04:56

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

28
Concerto Grosso in E Minor, HWV 321: V. Allegro, ma non troppo
Gabrieli Consort
00:01:31

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

29
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "Hence, Vain Deluding Joys"
Gabrieli Consort
00:01:25

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

30
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "But O! Sad Virgin, That Thy Power"
Gabrieli Consort
00:06:00

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

31
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "Thus, Night, Oft See Me in Thy Pale Career"
Gabrieli Consort
00:00:38

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

DISC 2

1
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "Populous Cities Please Me Then"
Gabrieli Consort
00:03:20

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Ashley Riches, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

2
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "There Let Hymen Oft Appear"
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:08

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Jeremy Ovenden, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

3
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "Me, When the Sun Begins to Fling"
Gabrieli Consort
00:00:53

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

4
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "Hide Me from Day’s Garish Eye"
Gabrieli Consort
00:03:48

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

5
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "I’ll to the Well-Trod Stage Anon"
Gabrieli Consort
00:01:59

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Jeremy Ovenden, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

6
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "And Ever Against Eating Cares"
Gabrieli Consort
00:03:01

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Laurence Kilsby, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

7
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "These Delights if Thou Canst Give"
Gabrieli Consort
00:03:19

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Jeremy Ovenden, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

8
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "But Let My Due Feet Never Fail"
Gabrieli Consort
00:00:52

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

9
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "There Let the Pealing Organ Blow"
Gabrieli Consort
00:01:58

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

10
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act II: "These Pleasures, Melancholy, Give"
Gabrieli Consort
00:04:39

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist - William Whitehead, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

11
Organ Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 306: I. Andante
Gabrieli Consort
00:09:16

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

12
Organ Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 306: II. Largo e piano
Gabrieli Consort
00:03:32

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

13
Organ Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 306: III. Fuga
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:38

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

14
Organ Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 306: IV. Adagio
Gabrieli Consort
00:00:31

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

15
Organ Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 306: V. Bourée
Gabrieli Consort
00:02:33

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

16
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act III: "Hence! Boast Not, Ye Profane"
Gabrieli Consort
00:00:31

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Peter Harvey, MainArtist - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

17
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act III: "Come, With Native Lustre Shine"
Gabrieli Consort
00:05:51

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Peter Harvey, MainArtist - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

18
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act III: "Come, With Gentle Hand Restrain"
Gabrieli Consort
00:01:34

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Gillian Webster, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

19
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Act III: "No More Short Life They Then Will Spend"
Gabrieli Consort
00:00:38

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli Players, Orchestra, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Jeremy Ovenden, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Signum Records (P) 2015 Winged Lion

Album Description

Handel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato was composed in 1740, and musically it shares much with Messiah, from a couple of years later. It has been comparatively neglected because, in several ways, it does not hang together as well as the later work. Based on a pair of poems by John Milton, L'Allegro (The Joyful One) and Il Penseroso (The Thoughtful One), with a third middle-of-the-road type added by Messiah librettist Charles Jennens (whom one satirist dubbed "Il Moderatissimo"), the work has been called an oratorio, a semi-oratorio, a pastoral ode, and more. It has no plot to speak of, and Handel kept revising the work to suit new performance demands, with the result that its performance tradition has accumulated a large number of random arias. This performance by conductor Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort & Players represents an attempt to reconstruct what Handel intended for the original performance, and far from being an exercise, this results in a concise work with a persuasive alternation of big, Messiah-like choruses and arias that embody the qualities depicted in the poems. For those who love Messiah and have never heard this work, sample the opening chorus-and-bass number on CD 2, "Populous cities please me then," with its big musical spaces. McCreesh introduces each of the work's three sections with an instrumental concerto, something well attested to in the original sources, and he benefits from an exceptionally strong group of soloists who capture the moods essential to what logic the work has. Strongly recommended for anyone interested in going beyond the Handelian basics.
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