Jeremy Summerly with a personal recommendation from recordings of Handel's Solomon
Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is joined by Mary Bevan (soprano) and James Gilchrist (tenor) in William Boyce's serenata 'Solomon', plus works by Handel.
Handel: Overture and Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from 'Solomon'
Handel: Chandos Anthem 'Let God Arise'
Mary Bevan (soprano)
James Gilchrist (tenor)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Choir of the Enlightenment
director Steven Devine
Boyce is less famous today than his contemporary Handel, but his serenata 'Solomon' was as popular as Handel's Messiah in its time. Its lyrics however were considered too racy for later, more conservative tastes, so it lay virtually unperformed after 1800. Modern audiences are likely to be more open-minded.