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CHAN 3019 - Handel: Julius Caesar
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Opera - Julius Caesar

 George Frideric Handel
Julius Caesar 183:56
      Libretto by Nicola Haym
      English translation by Brian Trowell
      Edition prepared by Noel Davies and Sir Charles Mackerras
      COMPACT DISC ONE
1 Overture 3:02
      Act I
      Scene 1
2 'Caesar! Caesar! Egypt acclaims thee' 1:38
      Chorus
3 'Kneel in tribute, fair land of Egypt' 2:05
      Caesar
4 'Curio, Caesar has come . . .' 2:33
      Caesar, Cornelia, Sextus, Achillas
5 'Tyrant, avoid my sight' 3:57
      Caesar
6 'Mother!' 'Cornelia!' 0:43
      Sextus, Curio, Cornelia
7 'Grief and woe all hope deny me' 6:10
      Cornelia
8 'The time for tears is over' 0:27
      Sextus
9 'Come rouse yourselves to vengeance' 4:07
      Sextus
     
      Scene 2
10 'You shall be Queen, Cleopatra' 2:00
      Cleopatra, Nirenus, Ptolemy
11 'Yet why despair?' 4:37
      Cleopatra
12 'Pharaoh, my King!' 1:10
      Achillas, Ptolemy
13 'Upstart, barbarian and traitor!' 3:41
      Ptolemy
     
      Scene 3
14 'Spirit of mighty Pompey' 5:19
      Caesar, Curio, Cleopatra, Nirenus
15 'Here within thee, O friendly marble' 3:03
      Cornelia
16 'Alas! Reviled and neglected, must I remain here for ever?' 2:03
      Cornelia, Sextus, Cleopatra, Nirenus
17 'O star of my desire' 5:32
      Cleopatra
     
      Scene 4
18 'Caesar! A generous destiny . . .' 1:08
      Ptolemy, Caesar, Achillas
19 'How silently, how slyly' 6:29
      Caesar
20 'Sire, with Sextus her son, the lady Cornelia' 1:58
      Achillas, Cornelia, Sextus, Ptolemy
21 'Ne'er reject a tender lover' 5:13
      Achillas
22 'Mother!' 'My dearest!' 0:37
      Sextus, Cornelia
23 'Condemn'd to grieve and cry, my love' 7:44
      Cornelia, Sextus
      75:26
     
      COMPACT DISC TWO
      Act II
      Scene 1
1 'Have you done as I ordered, faithful Nirenus?' 2:48
      Cleopatra, Nirenus, Caesar
2 'Lamenting, complaining of Caesar's disdaining' 4:37
      Cleopatra, Caesar
3 'Fly then, fly, O my heart' 0:42
      Caesar, Nirenus
4 'Fleet o'er flowery meadow gliding' 7:47
      Caesar
     
      Scene 2
5 'Still despairing, still lamenting' 2:19
      Cornelia
6 'Lady, forget your grieving' 2:05
      Achillas, Cornelia, Ptolemy
7 'Deep within my bosom burning' 3:19
      Ptolemy
8 'So why delay?' 1:17
      Cornelia, Sextus
9 'Sigh no more, forget lamenting' 3:14
      Cornelia
10 'He is no son who seeks not full revenge . . .' 0:23
      Sextus
11 'Wounded, the serpent ne'er reposes' 5:05
      Sextus
     
      Scene 3
12 'Soon he will come to find me' 0:44
      Cleopatra
13 'Venus, fair lady, one favour send me' 4:53
      Cleopatra
14 'Ah gods! What do I see?' 2:49
      Caesar, Cleopatra, Curio
15 'In anger and fury I'll turn on the foe' 1:41
      Caesar, Chorus
16 'They will kill him' 1:10
      Cleopatra
17 'Hear my prayer, O gods, relenting' 9:40
      Cleopatra
      54:40
     
      COMPACT DISC THREE
1 Symphony 0:41
     
      Act III
      Scene 1
2 'So! You are beaten!' 0:56
      Ptolemy, Cleopatra
3 'I shall tame your pride unbending' 4:14
      Ptolemy
4 'And so in one brief hour all my glory is gone?' 1:06
      Cleopatra
5 'Flow, my tears' 6:50
      Cleopatra
6 'From the perils of the ocean' 2:06
      Caesar
7 'Zephyrs! Zephyrs, come to mine aid!' 6:35
      Caesar
8 'Nirenus, the battle is fought and lost' 2:23
      Sextus, Achillas, Caesar, Curio
9 'See in spate the high cataract storming' 4:33
      Caesar
     
      Scene 2
10 'Ladies, my faithful servants' 3:25
      Cleopatra, Caesar
11 'Stormy winds my ship had shaken' 6:24
      Cleopatra
     
      Scene 3
12 Symphony 2:59
13 'Here, Curio and your legions' 2:27
      Nirenus, Caesar, Sextus, Cornelia, Cleopatra
14 'Dearest!' 'Fairest!' 5:45
      Cleopatra, Caesar
15 'Long, long may Egypt continue' 0:29
      Caesar
16 'Proclaim we all great Caesar's glory' 0:52
      Chorus
17 'A vow I give you' 0:57
      Caesar, Cleopatra
18 'Proclaim we all great Caesar's glory' 0:49
      Chorus
      53:50
 Dame Janet Baker mezzo-soprano - Julius Caesar
 Christopher Booth-Jones baritone - Curio
 Sarah Walker mezzo-soprano - Cornelia
 Della Jones mezzo-soprano - Sextus
 Valerie Masterson soprano - Cleopatra
 James Bowman counter-tenor - Ptolemy
 John Tomlinson bass - Achillas
 David James counter-tenor - Nirenus
 English National Opera Chorus
 English National Opera Orchestra
 Sir Charles Mackerras
 Recorded in:
 Abbey Road Studios, London
      1-7 August 1984
 Producer(s)
 John Fraser
 Sound Engineer(s)
 Mark Vigars
 Format: Digital CD 16Bit 44.1Khz
Originally recorded in: 20 Bit / 44.1K

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