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The Old Colony Collection

The Old Colony Collection



Whilst the names James Kent, Charles Avison or Samuel Webbe may not be familiar to today’s listeners, 200 years ago these composers and their works were prized for their singability, their musical evocations of the text, and their beautiful sonorities. Rarely recorded, and some works never before recorded, The Old Colony Collection contains a diverse array of compositions that were sung on both sides of the Atlantic and includes anthems and ‘glees’ as well as selections from Handel’s oratorios, and arrangements of works by Mozart. The selection of works chosen for this recording features some of the finest examples from this fabulous and extensive anthology. 

Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Harry Christophers

'Kent's Hear my prayer is an exquisite opener. Two solo sopranos duet with Purcellian poise over a colourful continuo from cello (Guy Fisherman) and chamber organ (... Ian Watson), supported with occasional choral interjections from Christophers's small chamber ensemble of singers.' Gramophone

Track Listing:

James Kent (1700-76)
1. Hear my prayer

Thomas Linley the elder (1733-95)
2. Bow down Thine ear, O Lord

Charles Avison (1709-70)
3. Sound the loud timbrel

Samuel Chapple (1775-1833)
4. I waited patiently for the Lord

Samuel Webbe (1740-1816)
5. When winds breathe soft

6. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord

Russian Air
7. Hark! The vesper hymn is stealing

George Friderich Handel (1685-1759)
8. Messiah: He was cut off - But thou didst not leave - Lift up your heads

9. O come, let us sing unto the Lord

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)
10. Almighty God when round Thy shrine

11. Who is this that cometh from Edom?

12. Israel in Egypt: Moses and the Children of Israel - The Lord shall reign - For the host of Pharaoh - And Miriam the prophetess - Sing ye to the Lord

Bonus Track 
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47)
13. Peace I leave with you

Total playing time:    69.35

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