Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

The Gabrieli’s first Handel recording in over a decade is particularly special, recreating in painstaking detail the 1740 first performance of L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato which included an organ concerto and two concerti grossi. With a reputation as peerless Handelians, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort are here joined by a stunning array of soloists.

SIGCD392  140 minutes 40 seconds (2 discs)
'Handel lovers can hardly fail to enjoy the mingled finesse and hedonistic delight of this new recording, its attractions enhanced by a stimulating essay from Handel scholar Ruth Smith' (Gramophone)
BBC Music Magazine
'Handel's ravishing score, realised to perfection by Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli, evokes [the] scenes with colourful precision' (The Observer)