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Thomas Arne - The Judgment of Paris [SACD Hybrid Multi-channel]

Thomas Arne - The Judgment of Paris

[SACD Hybrid Multi-channel]

Thomas Arne (1710-78)

The Judgment of Paris (1742)
Words: William Congreve (1670-1729)
Edited by Ian Spink (1978)

1. i Largo – Con spirito
2. ii Minuet (Andante)
3. iii Giga (Con spirito)
4. Recitative (Mercury, Paris) - From high Olympus
5. Accompanied recitative (Paris) - O ravishing delight
6. Air (Mercury) - Fear not, mortal
7. Duet (Mercury, Paris) - Happy I of human race
8. Recitative (Juno, Pallas) - Saturnia, wife of thund’ring Jove am I
9. Air (Venus) - Gentle swain! Hither turn thee
10. Trio (Pallas, Juno, Venus) - Hither turn thee, gentle swain
11. Air (Paris) - Distracted I turn
12. Air (Juno) - Let ambition fire thy mind
13. Accompanied recitative (Pallas) - Awake, awake, thy spirits raise
14. Air (Pallas) - The glorious voice of war
15. Chorus - O how glorious ’tis to see
16. Accompanied recitative (Venus) - Stay, lovely youth
17. Air (Venus) - One only joy mankind can know
18. Air (Venus) - Nature fram’d thee sure for loving
19. Accompanied recitative (Paris) - I yield, I yield, O take the prize
20. Air (Paris) - Forbear, O goddess of desire
21. Grand Chorus - Hither all ye graces
22. Grand Chorus - Sing and spread the joyful news around

MARY BEVAN soprano - Venus*
SUSANNA FAIRBAIRN soprano - Pallas*
GILLIAN RAMM soprano - Juno*
ED LYON tenor - Paris*
ANTHONY GREGORY tenor - Mercury*


Multi-ch Stereo
All tracks available in stereo and multi-channel

This hybrid CD can be played on any standard CD players

Thomas Arne’s opera The Judgment of Paris (1742), a setting of William Congreve’s libretto of the same name, is known only from the printed score, but in this world premiere recording is performed with panache and authority by The Brook Street Band and a scintillating young cast led by sopranos Mary Bevan (Venus), Susanna Fairbairn (Pallas) and Gillian Ramm (Juno), with tenors Ed Lyon as the shepherd Paris and Anthony Gregory as Mercury, all under the expert direction of conductor John Andrews. By the end of the opera we are not surprised when Venus’s softly, softly appeal to her shepherd judge succeeds over the more demonstrative blandishments of her competitors, Pallas and Juno. This is a lovely discovery, with all the cast joining in the spirit of this fable to give it a stylish and compelling revival.

Product ID CDLX7361
Price: £11.99
USD: $14.91 approx EUR: €13.28
1,609 JPY
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