WILLIAM HAYES The Passions. An Ode for Music Oxford, 1750
GCD 922501 1 CD. Digipak, 60-page booklet
Chor der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis La Cetra Barockorchester Basel Anthony Rooley
Evelyn Tubb, soprano Ulrike Hofbauer, soprano Sumihito Uesugi, countertenor David Munderloh, tenor Lisandro Abadie, bass
Total playing time 75:43 Recorded in the Volkshaus Basel (Switzerland) in October 2008 Recording producer: Andreas Neubronner Balance engineer: Christian Starke Executive producers: Thomas Drescher, Meinrad Schweizer, Carlos Céster Design: Valentín Iglesias Booklet essays: Simon Heighes, Anthony RooleyEnglish Français Deutsch Español
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WILLIAM HAYES (1708-1777)
The Passions. An Ode for Music (1750)Text by William Collins
1 Ouverture (Larghetto - Allegro) 2 Aria (Andante) 3 Aria (Allegro) 4 Recitativo accompagnato “When music, heav’nly maid, was young” 5 Song (Fear) “First Fear his hand” (Andante) 6 Song (Anger) “Next Anger rushed” (Allegro) 7 Song (Despair) “With woeful measures” (Largo) 8 Recitativo “But thou, O Hope” 9 Song (Hope) “Still it whispered promised pleasure” (Andante moderato) 10 Recitativo “And longer had she sung” 11 Song (Revenge) “He threw his blood-stained sword”12 Chorus “Revenge impatient rose”
13 Symphony (Spiritoso - Allegro) 14 Recitativo “Thy numbers, Jealousy” 15 Song ( Jealousy) “Of differing themes” (Andante Largo - Allegro…) 16 Song (Melancholy) “With eyes upraised” 17 Recitativo “But Oh, how altered” 18 Song (Cheerfulness & Chorus) “When Cheerfulness” (Andante) 19 Recitativo “Last came Joy” 20 Song ( Joy & Chorus) “He with viney crown advancing” (Vivace) 21 Recitativo accompagnato “But ah! Madness away” 22 Song (Reason) “In vain each seeks” (Larghetto) 23 Chorus “Thy wide extended power” (Andante Largo - Tempo ordinario)
About this CD
During the course of the Age of Enlightenment a rather special, indeed unique, occasion took place (on July 6, 1750, to be exact) with the first performance – in Oxford as part of a University celebration there – of a composition by William Hayes to a well-known humanist text: The Passions, An Ode for Music (written in 1746 by William Collins).
In those days the detailed study of human passions and feelings was an omnipresent theme in the worlds of science and art. With such a backdrop, the poetry of Collins and the music of Hayes join together to create a captivating work which manifests a deep understanding of human nature, is packed tight with philosophical references and which enjoys a subtly sharp dry sense of humour, known beyond the Isles’ shores as British... The result is a ‘dramatic oratorio’ of the greatest musical quality, which combines the language of the late Baroque with elements of the style galante and which even allows one a glimpse of the arrival of Classicism. In a series of consistently original and surprising mini-scenes, ten ‘passions’ become involved in theatrical disputes (among them Fear, Revenge, Melancholy, Hope and Cheerfulness).
Anthony Rooley is responsible for the rediscovery of this significant work and here leads a performance with soloists and ensembles closely linked with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, in the first release of a new collection directed by Glossa and the Swiss establishment, the leading educational and research centre in the field of early music.
It is not only discerning music lovers around the globe who are giving a warm welcome to the recordings which are being published on Glossa; critical approval in the specialist media has been joining in as well. One example of the latter is the newly-instigated International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) which, for its inaugural 2011 edition, has chosen no less than nine of Glossa’s recent releases in its initial nominations. [read more...]
There could be no neater way of expressing how the educational aims of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis can be realized today than the recent recording on Glossa of The Passions by William Hayes, with a member of the faculty in Anthony Rooley conducting choral and orchestral forces drawn from the Schola and with soloists who have been students there (or who also teach there like Evelyn Tubb). [read more...]
Central to the research into and the performance of early music since the beginnings of the renewed interest into music from previous centuries the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB) remains an extraordinary powerhouse of talent ranging over music from the early Middle Ages through to the 19th century. Today its pupils are legion, as too are its teachers, amply fulfilling the aspirations of Paul Sacher when he founded the institution in Switzerland in 1933. In an agreement recently made between Glossa and the SCB fresh new life is being breathed into the desire to bring the fruits of all this musical activity to a much wider worldwide audience through recordings. [read more...]