Handel: Song for St Cecilia’s Day

Mary Bevan (soprano)
Ed Lyon (tenor)
Ludus Baroque
Richard Neville-Towle (director)

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Following the widespread acclaim for their Delphian debut, Ludus Baroque return with more Handel, pairing the grand Song for St Cecilia’s Day with the more intimate Cecilian cantata Look Down, Harmonious Saint. The Concerto Grosso in B flat, Op 6 No 7 serves as an instrumental bridge.

‘Every ingredient here fuses in harmony: Handel’s marvellous tunes, the young performers, John Dryden’s crisply effective words, the friendly acoustics of Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk. Memorable music, delivered without frills: that’s all you really need’
— The Times, August 2012

‘I warm to the conductor’s big-boned, exhibitionist Handel style and the youthful-sounding vigour of the choir’
— Sunday Times, August 2012

‘Orchestrally and chorally, it has tremendous buoyancy. Solos for flute, organ and cello are artfully phrased, while soprano Mary Bevan and tenor Ed Lyon add zest to Handel’s high-arching settings of Dryden’s verse’
— The Independent, August 2012

‘Ludus Baroque presents its qualities with unusual vividness in this spacious and measured performance… the whole choral and orchestral tableau is marvellously realised here in an acoustic that combines richness with presence. Superb vocal solos, too’
— BBC Music Magazine, December 2012

‘A blaze of glory … The instrumental roster includes some of the UK’s leading baroque specialists and the results are every bit as elegant as one might expect in support of a responsive chorus and a pair of outstanding soloists… conveying Dryden’s text as though their lives depended on it’
— Choir & Organ, November/December 2012

  • Recording venue(s): Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh
  • Recording dates: 8-10 August 2011
  • Physical format: Jewel case
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Number of tracks: 17
  • Total playing time: 1:19:55

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