Mark Padmore,The English Concert, Andrew Manze – Handel: As Steals the Morn, arias & scenes for tenor (2007)

Title: Handel: As Steals the Morn, arias & scenes for tenor
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue,log,scans)
Total Time: 01:17:00
Total Size: 392 Mb


1. Enjoy the sweet Elysian grove (5:31)
2. Where’er you walk (5:15)
Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
3. Urne voi (3:28)
4. Forte e lieto (6:09)
5. Oh per me lieto, avventuroso giorno! (3:53)
6. Figlia mia – Tu, spietato (6:00)
7. Total eclipse (4:38)
8. Did love constrain thee? (0:33)
9. Your charms to ruin led the way (3:19)
10. Let but that spirit (0:39)
11. Thus when the sun from’s wat’ry bed (5:28)
12. Fatto inferno (3:23)
13. Pastorello d’un povero armento (5:12)
14. Tune your harps (4:14)
15. Heav’n smiles once more (0:33)
16. His mighty arm (5:59)
17. Waft her, angels (5:39)
L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato
18. As steals the morn (6:37)

Mark Padmore tenor (tenor)
Lucy Crowe (soprano in tracks 05, 18)
Robin Blaze (countertenor in track 05)
Katharina Spreckelsen (oboe obbligato in track 14)
The English Concert
Andrew Manze (director)

British tenor Mark Padmore brings together a collection of English and Italian arias from Handel oratorios and operas. Padmore, who performs works of many eras in a wide range of styles, has primarily settled into the kind of repertoire Peter Pears comfortably inhabited, but with a stronger emphasis on Baroque opera and oratorio. Padmore’s voice resembles Pears’ in some ways; it’s a light instrument, and is capable of great agility. It has some of Pears’ limitations, particularly a tendency toward tonal blandness and lack of variety in its colors, as well as a slight edge when pushed. Most importantly, though, Padmore does not have Pears’ reedy quality or breathiness — his voice is pure and more mellow than Pears’. Except for some lack of full support in its very lowest reaches, this repertoire vocally suits him well. He is capable of summoning up a high sense of drama, as he does so well in “Tu, spietato,” from Tamerlano, but perhaps because his voice is not particularly colorful, he is less effective in the more subtle matters of phrasing, where a well-placed inflection can illuminate a character. His ornamentation in the da capo arias is consistently effective and gracefully executed. Padmore is most at ease and effective in the more lyrical arias, and in “Thus when the sun from’s wat’ry bed,” from Samson; “Waft her, angels,” from Jephtha; and “Tune your harps,” from Esther, he is genuinely magical. The concluding duet from L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato, with soprano Lucy Crowe is ravishingly limpid. Andrew Manze leads the English Concert in brisk and fluent accompaniments, and Harmonia Mundi’s sound is exemplary throughout.