Ciara Hendrick, Spiritato & Kinga Ujszaszi – The Taste of This Nation (2021) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Siara Hendrick, Spiritato! – The Taste of This Nation (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:14:08 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Bookelt, Front Cover | © Delphian Records

Period ensemble Spiritato’s Delphian debut transports us back to a decisive juncture in the history of English music. “The Taste of this Nation” is a picture of the rapid arrival and astonishing success of Italian styles, genres and indeed musicians in London in the early 1700s, showing that a vibrant, cosmopolitan scene had arisen in the capital even before the arrival of Handel on British shores in 1710.

One of the prime instigators of the Italianate tendency was in fact an immigrant from Prussia. Johann Christoph Pepusch composed for the Italian soprano Margarita de L’Epine (also based in London) what can be regarded as the first English cantatas in the Italian style. Spiritato are joined by mezzo Ciara Hendrick, on dazzling vocal form in four of these works, while the vigor and precision of the ensemble’s playing – led by violinist Kinga Ujszaszi – comes to the fore in instrumental works by two native Englishmen which again evidence Italian connections.

Obadiah Shuttleworth’s Concerti grossi are inventive reimaginings of violin sonatas by Corelli, and William Corbett’s infectious Bizarrie Universali show how a composer who had spent extensive time on the Continent could trade on his Italian connections to win favor with audiences in his native land.


1. Spiritato! – I. Allegro
2. Spiritato! – II. Aria cantabile
3. Spiritato! – III. Presto – Allegro assai
4. Ciara Hendrick – No. 1, Kindly Fate at Length Release Me
5. Ciara Hendrick – No. 2, Thus to His Lyre the Drooping Swain
6. Ciara Hendrick – No. 3, Rouse, Rouse, Rouse
7. Tuomo Suni – Ia. Grave
8. Tuomo Suni – Ib. Adagio
9. Tuomo Suni – Ic. Allegro
10. Tuomo Suni – Id. Adagio
11. Tuomo Suni – II. Allegro
12. Tuomo Suni – III. Allegro
13. Tuomo Suni – IV. Adagio
14. Tuomo Suni – V. Allegro
15. Ciara Hendrick – No. 1, Fragrant Flora
16. Ciara Hendrick – No. 2, Thus on a Fruitful Hill
17. Ciara Hendrick – No. 3, Love and Pleasures Gaily Flowing
18. Tuomo Suni – I. Adagio
19. Tuomo Suni – II. Allegro
20. Tuomo Suni – III. Adagio
21. Tuomo Suni – IV. Vivace
22. Tuomo Suni – V. Allegro
23. Ciara Hendrick – Chloe: No. 1, Airy Cloe Proud and Young
24. Ciara Hendrick – Chloe: No. 2, Leave Me
25. Ciara Hendrick – Chloe: No. 3, Fir’d by This Disdain
26. Ciara Hendrick – Chloe: No. 4, This I’ve Done to Prove Thee
27. Oonagh Lee – I. Adagio
28. Oonagh Lee – II. Largo
29. Oonagh Lee – III. Vivace
30. Oonagh Lee – IV. Allegro
31. Ciara Hendrick – No. 1, While Pale Britannia Pensive Sate
32. Ciara Hendrick – No. 2, How Long, Unhappy Isle
33. Ciara Hendrick – No. 3, She Sigh’d and Would Have Farther Said
34. Ciara Hendrick – No. 4, No More Britannia, Sigh No More
35. Spiritato! – I. Allegro
36. Spiritato! – II. Largo andante
37. Spiritato! – III. Allegro