George Frideric Händel – L’Allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato
Recorded in Paris in 2000.
About this work:
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (HWV 55) is a pastoral ode by George Frideric Handel based on the poetry of John Milton. Handel composed the work over the period of 19 January to 4 February 1740, and the work was premiered on 27 February 1740 at the Royal Theatre of Lincoln’s Inn Fields. One of Handel’s librettists, Charles Jennens, arranged Milton’s two poems, L’Allegro and il Penseroso, interleaving them to create dramatic tension between the personified characters of Milton’s poems (L’Allegro or the “Joyful man” and il Penseroso or the “Contemplative man”). The first two movements consist of this dramatic dialog between Milton’s poems. In an attempt to unite the two poems into a singular “moral design”, Jennens added a new poem, “il Moderato”, to create a third movement. In 1988, Mark Morris choreographed a dance performance to accompany the music and poetry.
Stereo, DDD, mp3, 320 kbps, 299.20 Mb, 1 hours 48 minutes. Covers & info included.