In Handel's Shadow - Vocal Music by His Rivals in Eighteenth-Century London

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The figure of George Frideric Handel cast a long shadow over musical London in the first half of the eighteenth century; casting many of his...

The figure of George Frideric Handel cast a long shadow over musical London in the first half of the eighteenth century; casting many of his contemporaries – fine composers themselves – into centuries of obscurity. This recording throws light into forgotten corners and discovers some glittering gems; some of them demanding dazzling vocal fireworks from their performers. Several of these composers set scenes from Classical mythology or Old Testament narratives – but they also explore the underside of the Baroque psyche in one of David’s darkest psalms and in a representation of Arcadian madness.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: September 15, 2023


  • UPC: 5060640070189


  • Catalog Number: TOCN0018


  • Label: Toccata Next


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Baroque


  • Composer: John Blow, Henry Carey, Jeremiah Clarke, Johann Ernst Gaillard, Elisabetta de Gambarini, Maurice Greene


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Lux et Umbrae


  • Performer: Robert Crowe, Annette Fischer, Julia Nilsen-Savage, Sigrun Richter, Michael Eberth