Newsletter
Recording

Johann Christoph Pepusch: Chandos Anthems

The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen

Share this
Johann Christoph Pepusch: Chandos Anthems - The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen
Johann Christoph Pepusch: Chandos Anthems - The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen

This album was selected by Gramophone as an Editor's Choice of the best new classical recordings, January 2024, and is reviewed by Gramphone here.

The name 'Chandos anthems' is most frequently associated with Handel, but he was not the first, nor the last, composer in the extravagant household of James Brydges, the Duke of Chandos from 1719. Working concurrently with Handel at Cannons was the Berlin native, Johann Christoph Pepusch ”nearly 20 years Handel's senior”who took over as Director of Music by early 1719 whereupon he adopted a distinctly Venetian approach to sacred music, in the manner of Lotti and Vivaldi.

Often remembered today for his contribution to The Beggar's Opera Pepusch was a bridge from the seventeenth to the eighteenth-century musical life in London.

After Handel's departure from Cannons in 1718 to return to the operatic world, Pepusch significantly increased the size of the ensemble at Cannons, including more string players, at least seven adult singers, a choir of trebles and, in the manner of Vivaldi, single trumpet and oboe.

Having previously demonstrated to the public Pepusch's masterful approach in several award-winning recordings, Robert Rawson and The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen, joined by the Girl Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral, return with a stunning and richly-scored programme for this recording of world premieres.

Find out more about Johann Christoph Pepusch: Chandos Anthems and buy a copy at Proper Music.

This project was supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation

Supported by Continuo Foundation

Share this

Keep reading
Reginald Mobley: Countertenor
Feature

Reginald Mobley: Countertenor

Internationally acclaimed countertenor Reginald Mobley talks to Continuo Connect about being an artist of colour in early music, his inspirations and passions.

What Joy So True - anthems and motets by Thomas Weelkes
Recording

What Joy So True - anthems and motets by Thomas Weelkes

What Joy So True - anthems and motets by Thomas Weelkes, a recording from the Rose Consort of Viols and the Choir of Chichester Cathedral

The Battle of the Organs
Essay

The Battle of the Organs

“Celestial Music did the Gods Inspire” brings to life the extraordinary story of the Battle of the Organs.