: The Old Colony Collection - Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers

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The Old Colony Collection
Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers
1 CD
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Catalogue Number: COR16145

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Whilst the names James Kent, Charles Avison or Samuel Webbe may not be familiar to today’s listeners, 200 years ago these composers and their works were prized for their singability, their musical evocations of the text, and their beautiful sonorities.

Rarely recorded, and some works never before recorded, The Old Colony Collection contains a diverse array of compositions that were sung on both sides of the Atlantic and includes anthems and ‘glees’ as well as selections from Handel’s oratorios, and arrangements of works by Mozart. The selection of works chosen for this recording features some of the finest examples from this fabulous and extensive anthology.

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Hark! The vesper hymn is stealing


Sound the loud timbrel


I waited patiently for the Lord

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord

O come, let us sing unto the Lord


Messiah: He Was Cut Off Out of the Land...But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul in Hell

Messiah: Lift up your heads

Israel in Egypt, HWV54: The Lord Shall Reign

Kent, J:

Hear my prayer

Who is this that cometh from Edom?

Linley the elder:

Bow down Thine ear, O Lord


Peace I leave with you


Almighty God when round Thy shrine

Webbe, the older:

When winds breathe soft

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BBC Music Magazine

December 2016


“Christophers draws a gold-standard execution from his choir.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2016

“Kent’s Hear my prayer is an exquisite opener. Two solo sopranos duet with Pucellian poise over a colourful continuo…music by Handel, Mendelssohn and Mozart was also popular fodder for the society…[and] all are stylishly sung here – possibly inauthentically so, given the original society’s well-documented breaks for ‘tuning’ of the alcoholic variety”

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