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HANDEL: Music for the Chapel Royal

This recording restores some of Handel’s finest but least-known music to the choir for which he wrote it and to the building where he performed it, probably for the first time since his own performances there. Forming one of the most impressive areas of Baroque music, Handel’s English church music spans his entire active career in London, from his first anthem composed soon after his arrival, to his last works nearly forty years later. Most of it was stimulated by Handel’s creative contact with the English Chapel Royal, a group of professional singers in a different tradition from the opera stars with whom he worked in the theatre.

Handel, George Frideric
Bible - Old Testament, lyricist(s)

  Let God arise, HWV 265b
1.   Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered (Chorus) 00:03:20
2.   Duet: Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away (bass, alto) 00:05:33
3.   Duet: O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his name (bass, alto) 00:01:40
4.   Blessed be God. Alleluja (chorus) 00:01:59

Handel, George Frideric

  I will magnify Thee, O God, HWV 250b
5.   I will magnify thee, O God my King (alto) 00:03:51
6.   Duet: O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (bass, alto) 00:02:35
7.   Glory and worship are before him (chorus, solo quartet) 00:01:55
8.   Duet and chorus: Tell it out among the heathen that the Lord is King (bass, alto, chorus) 00:03:49
9.   Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat (alto) 00:03:00
10.   Duet and chorus: My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord (bass, alto, chorus) 00:03:01

Handel, George Frideric
Arbuthnot, John, lyricist(s)

  As pants the hart, HWV 251d
11.   Sextet and chorus: As pants the hart for cooling streams 00:02:57
12.   Tears are my daily food (alto, vocal quartet) - Recitative: Now when I think thereupon, I pour out my heart by myself (bass) 00:02:23
13.   In the voice of praise and thanksgiving (chorus) 00:01:45
14.   Duet: Why so full of grief, O my soul (alto 1 and 2) 00:03:25
15.   Put thy trust in God (chorus) 00:01:24

Handel, George Frideric

  O sing unto the Lord, HWV 249a
16.   O sing unto the Lord a new song, all the whole earth (alto, chorus) 00:02:03
17.   Sing unto the Lord, and praise his name (alto) 00:02:59
18.   Accompagnetto: The Lord is great, and cannot worthily be praised (bass) 00:01:05
19.   Glory and worship are before him (bass) 00:02:22
20.   Duet and chorus: O worship the lord in the beauty of holiness (bass, alto, chorus) 00:02:22
21.   Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad (alto, chorus) 00:01:12

Handel, George Frideric
Arbuthnot, John, lyricist(s)

  As pants the hart, HWV 251a (excerpt)
22.   Tears are my daily food (alto) 00:04:03
23.   Why so full of grief, O my soul (treble, alto) 00:02:56

Total Playing Time: 01:01:39

Handel, George Frideric

Arbuthnot, John; Bible - Old Testament

Gant, Andrew

Musicians Extra-ordinary

Chapel Royal Choir

Ashwin, Andrew; Bowman, James; Ferguson-Lobo, Jacob; Finnis, Jerome; May, Alexander; McGuire, Michael; Shea, Maciek O'

Label: Naxos

Genre: Choral - Sacred

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.557935

Barcode: 747313293520

Physical Release: 04/2007

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