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Dunedin Consort - Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day - MAD, Le Soir


07 November 2018
MAD, Le Soir
S.M.

La disponibilité régulière du catalogue Linn nous vaut de disposer des enregistrements de John Butt qui cumule les qualités de musicologue éclairé et d’interprète habité. Ce CD provient d’une prestation au festival pascal de Cracovie, une des grandes manifestations d’Europe de l’est consacrée aux interprétations historiquement informées. A la tête de son Dunedin Consort, du Chœur de la radio polonaise et de prestigieux solistes (Ian Bostridge et Carolyn Sampson), il nous offre une lecture très vivante de l’Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, une sorte d’ora- torio qui rend hommage, comme le fit en son temps Purcell, aux différents instruments, à commencer par l’orgue dont Händel aimait jouer un de ses concertos à l’occasion de ses concerts. Du bel ouvrage.
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