Although the Finger setting has not survived, the other three were revived under Anthony Rooley in 2001 and Eccles' The Judgment of Paris was adjudged the winner. There are many reasons why it is the obvious choice; it is a dramatically very clear, harmonically bewitching, and melodious opera. Eccles anticipated the expectations of his audience in producing something relatively direct but did not dumb down his style, which had been refined during a time of close association with Henry Purcell, dead five years by the time the competition was held.
The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Mercury: I. - By William Congreve & John Eccles - Susan Bickley, Roderick Williams, Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company Orchestra, Lucy Crowe, Early Opera Company Chorus, Benjamin Hulett & Claire Booth. 2. The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Mercury: II.
The Judgment of Paris: Symphony for Mercury: Slow –. 01:46. The Judgment of Paris: Hark, hark! the glorious Voice of War. (Pallas). The Judgment of Paris: Happy thou of Human Race (Mercury). The Judgment of Paris: Grand Chorus Hither all ye Graces, all ye Loves. The Judgment of Paris: Oh what Joys does Conquest yield! (Pallas). The Judgment of Paris: Distracted I turn, but I cannod decide (Paris).
This "Paris" is special because it shows Eccles trying to shunt musical theater in an all-English direction, and move it out of the shadow of the dominant Italian and French traditions. As Lindsay Kemp points out in verbose but thorough liner notes, the word settings, or underlay is for English speech rhythms and the score focuses more on line and melody that decoration and ornamentation. This is a Maske, so it feels much more like music from a play than an opera. The Judgment of Paris" is in no way a full-scale opera, but rather a brief "masque" in the Purcellian sense. Conductor Curnyn has aimed for, and achieved, a severely authentic performance. It doesn't even matter that this work wasn't the prize winner in the original contest; it's a brilliant little jewel.
CD 1. John Eccles Composer. The Judgment of Paris or the Prize Music, masque Work. Chorus of Early Opera Company Chorus/Choir, Christian Curnyn Conductor, Lucy Crowe Soprano, Orchestra of Early Opera Company Orchestra, Roderick Williams Baritone, Susan Bickley Mezzo-Soprano, Benjamin Hulett Tenor, Claire Booth Soprano. 1. Symphony for Mercury. Christian Curnyn Conductor, Lucy Crowe Soprano, Orchestra of Early Opera Company Orchestra, Claire Booth Soprano, Susan Bickley Mezzo-Soprano. 24. Restless in Thought disturb'd in Mind.
Christian Curnyn, whose reputation continues to grow in the world of baroque opera, here conducts the world premiere recording of Judgement of Paris performed by the award-winning Early Opera Company, along with a stellar cast of soloists. One of the earliest all-sung English operas, this one-act opera by John Eccles was composed in 1700 for a competition advertised in the London Gazette. Created by the ’Persons of Quality’, a group of nobleman headed by Lord Halifax, the purpose of the competition was an ambitious and worthy one, namely the development of all-sung opera in English. The Chandos ‘Disc of the Month’ presents The Judgment of Paris, a one-act opera by John Eccles, composed in 1700 for a competition advertised in the London Gazette by a group of noblemen led by Lord Halifax. The purpose of the competition was to aid the development of all-sung opera in English.
Eccles, . Judgment of Paris (The) (Opera), 3 Mad Songs. Released on: 2009-04-28. Artist: Benjamin Hulett Conductor: Christian Curnyn Artist: Claire Booth Choir: Early Opera Company Chorus Orchestra: Early Opera Company Orchestra Artist: Lucy Crowe Artist: Roderick Williams Artist: Susan Bickley Composer: John Eccles. Auto-generated by YouTube.
John Eccles (1668-1735) is arguably the most important British composer between Purcell's death (1695) and Handel's appearance on the scene (1711), and the current revival of his music owes much to our need to contextualise the achievements of his more famous contemporaries. The Judgment of Paris derives from the Restoration equivalent of The X Factor - an opera-writing contest, organised by an aristocratic coterie of fans, who put the entries to a public vote during the spring of 1701. Benjamin Hulett is the eponymous shepherd forced to judge that notorious beauty contest between Juno (Susan Bickley), Pallas (Claire Booth) and Venus (Lucy Crowe), while Roderick Williams's sardonic Mercury looks on.
Early Opera Company Christian Curnyn – director. England was really slow to embrace operas that had singing from start to finish; some attendees were mostly interested in seeing the plays and not too crazy about the opera part . Although the Finger setting has not survived, the other three were revived under Anthony Rooley in 2001 and Eccles' The Judgment of Paris was adjudged the winner.
The Judgment of Paris or the Prize Music, masque
Symphony for Mercury. [Part 1] -
Symphony for Mercury. [Part 2] -
Symphony for Mercury. Slow -
Symphony for Mercury. Brisk
From high Olympus, and the Realms above
O Ravishing Delight!
Fear not, Mortal: none shall harm thee
Happy thou of Human Race
Symphony for Juno / Saturnia, Wife of Thundering Jove, am I
Symphony for Pallas / This way, Mortal, bend thy Eyes
Symphony for Venus / Hither turn thee, gentle Swain
Hither turn thee, gentle Swain
Distracted I turn, but I cannot decide
Symphony / Let Ambition fire thy Mind
Awake, awake, thy Spirits raise
Hark, hark! the glorious Voice of War...
Oh what Joys does Conquest yield!
O how glorious 'tis to see...
Stay, lovely Youth, delay thy Choice
Nature fram'd thee sure for Loving
I yield, I yield, O take the Prize
Hither all ye Graces, all ye Loves
Mad Songs (3), for voice & orchestra
Restless in Thought disturb'd in Mind
Love's but the frailty of the Mind
I Burn, I burn, my Brain consumes to Ashes
Sussie Ahlburg - Photography Nicholas Anderson - Producer Sven Arnstein - Photography Clive Barda - Photography Susan Bickley - Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal) Claire Booth - Soprano (Vocal) Chorus of Early Opera Company - Choir/Chorus William Congreve - Librettist, Text Jonathan Cooper - Editing, Engineer Lucy Crowe - Soprano (Vocal) Christian Curnyn - Conductor, Primary Artist Thomas d'Urfey - Text Drew Farell - Photography Finn S. Gundersen - Booklet Editor Benjamin Hulett - Tenor (Vocal) Jacob Jordaens - Cover Art Lindsay Kemp - Liner Notes Erich Lessing - Cover Photo Mary McCarthy - A&R Orchestra of Early Opera Company - Orchestra Samantha Ovens - Photography Marie-Stella Paris - Liner Note Translation Paul Quilter - Assistant Engineer Mark Ransom - Harpsichord Maker, Harpsichord Tuner Patrick Redmond - Photography Oliver Sändig - Harpsichord Maker Keith Saunders - Photography Jane Stevenson - Photography Oliver Webber - Liner Notes Roderick Williams - Baritone (Vocal) Stephanie Wollny - Liner Note Translation
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