Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day ()

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composed by George Frederick Handel

Composed two years before his groundbreaking oratorio, Messiah, the Ode for St. Cecilia's Day was George Frederick Handel's 1739 setting of a poem by John Dryden, which celebrated music as central to the creation of the universe. This festive cantata took its inspiration from the celebrations of St. Cecilia Day that were popular in late 17th century London, of which Henry Purcell's Hail! Bright Cecilia was the best-known musical example. Composed for soprano, tenor, choir, and orchestra, the Ode is given a crisp performance ...

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Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day
2018, Linn Records

UPC: 691062057820


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