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Arne - Alfred / J. Smith · Brandes · D. Daniels · MacDougall · PBO · McGegan
Thomas Arne, Nicholas McGegan, David Daniels
Arne - Alfred / J. Smith Brandes D. Daniels MacDougall PBO McGegan
Genre: Classical
 
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Could not be much better
F. Behrens | Keene, NH USA | 10/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You all know "Rule Britannia" when you hear it and some of you probably know the words to the refrain, if not the verse. Those of you who do crosswords might even know that the composer was (Thomas) Arne. And now that Deutsche Harmonia Mundi has released a CD of (75605 51314 2), you know where that anthem comes from and (if you read the generous notes that come with the recording) a lot more about this wonderful relic. Originally written in 1740 for the Prince of Wales, it was later expanded from 8 numbers to the 24 on this recording. If you like Handel, you will like Arne. Which means you enjoy hearing how it can take nearly 6 minutes to sing 8 lines without boring the listener! The plot of "Alfred" is the usual nonsense with "lowly rustics" singing simple tunes and the "high born" singing complex ones. And the cast in this recording is just about perfect to deliver the Saxon goods: Jennifer Smith, Christine Brandes, David Daniels, and Jamie MacDougall. The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorale are under the baton of Nicholas McGegan, and the whole enterprise is performed with spirit and style. So if counter-tenor Mr. Daniels is not quite as elegant as was the late Alfred Deller, he has perhaps more dash, which is what is needed in this Georgian salute to the Rulers of the Waves. A good job all around."
Any music lover must have this one.
ilneddo | 10/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a wonderful performance. The final ode ("Rule, Britannia!") had me on my feet cheering and crying. The soloists are uniformly fine. But, David Daniels as Prince Edward is simply a joy. His "Vengeance" aria is glorious. What an outstanding performer and vocal actor. Don't miss this one."
Another Great Performance by David Daniels
ilneddo | 10/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is the effortless beauty of "Why beats my heart with such devotion" and the spectacular coloratura and drama in "Vengeance, O come inspire me!" Daniels adds to his growing list of distinguished recordings and to his reputation as one of the great singers in the world."