Mark Padmore, Andrew Manze, The English Concert - As Steals the Morn: Handel Arias & Scenes for Tenor (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 355 Mb | Total time: 77:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907422 | Recorded: 2006
British tenor Mark Padmore brings together a collection of English and Italian arias from Handel oratorios and operas. Padmore, who performs works of many eras in a wide range of styles, has primarily settled into the kind of repertoire Peter Pears comfortably inhabited, but with a stronger emphasis on Baroque opera and oratorio. Padmore's voice resembles Pears' in some ways; it's a light instrument, and is capable of great agility. It has some of Pears' limitations, particularly a tendency toward tonal blandness and lack of variety in its colors, as well as a slight edge when pushed. Most importantly, though, Padmore does not have Pears' reedy quality or breathiness – his voice is pure and more mellow than Pears'.