Chandos Anthems Nr. 5a, 6a & 8
George Frideric Handel

Chandos Anthems Nr. 5a, 6a & 8

Trinity College Choir Cambridge / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

CDA 67926 - 0034571179261

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James Brydges—from October 1714 Earl of Carnarvon and from April 1719 First Duke of Chandos—made a fortune while serving as Paymaster General to Queen Anne’s forces abroad during the War of Spanish Succession (1703–13). He then turned his attention to rebuilding his country home of Cannons, located at Edgware, northwest of London, as a modern Palladian mansion. Brydges supported a small musical establishment and Handel was apparently engaged as a composer/performer in residence. He is first documented at Cannons on 4 August 1717 and probably remained there more-or-less continuously until the end of 1718.

For Brydges Handel composed the ‘Pastoral’ Acis and Galatea, HWV49a, the ‘Oratorium’ Esther, HWV50a, eleven instrumentally accompanied anthems and a setting of the Te Deum—the so-called ‘Chandos’ or ‘Cannons’ Anthems and Te Deum. The first eight anthems were written in pairs, each containing one celebratory and one penitential work. Four were completed by 25 September 1717 with another two in the works and the final two presumably not far behind. All were written for an ensemble of single or doubled strings without violas, single oboe and bassoon, and organ. The singers consisted of two or three men with a couple of boys on the treble line. The anthems were performed during services at the parish church of St Lawrence, Little Stanmore, which Brydges had rebuilt in the Italian Baroque style.

Händels herrliche innige Umsetzungen liturgischer Texte, geschrieben für den Ersten Herzog von Chandos, gehören zu seinen weniger bekannten Chorwerken—und sie erweisen sich auf diesem zweiten Album aus dem Trinity College als zu seinen reizvollsten Stücken zählend. Sie sind perfektes Beispiel für die „englische“ Schreibweise des Komponisten, die z.B. in Acis & Galatea und Oratorien wie Judas Maccabäus zutage tritt.
Zu den Solisten dieser Aufnahme zählen die international erfahrenen Händelianer Susan Gritton und Iestyn Davies, und der junge Tenor Thomas Hobbs, dessen warme, lyrische Stimme geradezu perfekt für dieses Repertoire ist. Der Trinity College Choir Cambridge singt mit seinem gewohnten jugendlichen Überschwang, ausgeglichen durch Eleganz, Stil und Präzision, unter der erfahrenen Leitung von Stephen Layton.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    O come, let us sing unto the Lord 'Chandos Anthem No 8
    Sonata: Largo – Allegro
    04:05
  • 2
    O come, let us sing unto the Lord 'Chandos Anthem No 8
    O come, let us sing unto the Lord
    03:26
  • 3
    O come, let us sing unto the Lord 'Chandos Anthem No 8
    O come, let us worship
    02:46
  • 4
    O come, let us sing unto the Lord 'Chandos Anthem No 8
    Glory and worship are before him
    01:50
  • 5
    O come, let us sing unto the Lord 'Chandos Anthem No 8
    Tell it out among the heathen that the Lord is King
    05:47
  • 6
    O come, let us sing unto the Lord 'Chandos Anthem No 8
    O magnify the Lord
    03:46
  • 7
    O come, let us sing unto the Lord 'Chandos Anthem No 8
    The Lord preserveth the souls of the saints
    03:23
  • 8
    O come, let us sing unto the Lord 'Chandos Anthem No 8
    For look as high as the heaven is
    02:20
  • 9
    O come, let us sing unto the Lord 'Chandos Anthem No 8
    There is sprung up a light for the righteous
    02:30
  • 10
    As pants the hart 'Chandos Anthem No 6a'
    Sonata: Larghetto – Allegro
    03:32
  • 11
    As pants the hart 'Chandos Anthem No 6a'
    As pants the hart for cooling streams
    03:09
  • 12
    As pants the hart 'Chandos Anthem No 6a'
    Tears are my daily food
    03:13
  • 13
    As pants the hart 'Chandos Anthem No 6a'
    Now when I think thereupon
    03:13
  • 14
    As pants the hart 'Chandos Anthem No 6a'
    In the voice of praise and thanksgiving
    01:28
  • 15
    As pants the hart 'Chandos Anthem No 6a'
    Why so full of grief, O my soul?
    01:45
  • 16
    As pants the hart 'Chandos Anthem No 6a'
    Put thy trust in God
    04:04
  • 17
    I will magnify thee, O God 'Chandos Anthem No 5a'
    Sonata: Andante – Allegro
    03:38
  • 18
    I will magnify thee, O God 'Chandos Anthem No 5a'
    I will magnify thee, O God
    01:49
  • 19
    I will magnify thee, O God 'Chandos Anthem No 5a'
    Ev'ry day will I give thanks unto thee
    03:52
  • 20
    I will magnify thee, O God 'Chandos Anthem No 5a'
    One generation shall praise thy works unto another
    02:10
  • 21
    I will magnify thee, O God 'Chandos Anthem No 5a'
    The Lord preserveth all them that love him
    02:33
  • 22
    I will magnify thee, O God 'Chandos Anthem No 5a'
    The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    02:57
  • 23
    I will magnify thee, O God 'Chandos Anthem No 5a'
    Happy are the people that are in such a case
    04:01
  • 24
    I will magnify thee, O God 'Chandos Anthem No 5a'
    My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord
    02:55