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CHAN 0745
 
Multiple Set of 3 CDs
Handel: Semele
Release Date: November 2007
Originally recorded in 2007
Composer (1685-1759)
George Frideric Handel
Solo soprano - Semele
Rosemary Joshua
Solo contralto - Ino
Hilary Summers
Solo bass - Cadmus
Brindley Sherratt
Solo counter-tenor - Athamus
Stephen Wallace
Choral Chorus of Priests and Augurs
Chorus of Early Opera Company
Solo tenor - Jupiter
Richard Croft
Solo soprano - Iris
Gail Pearson
Conductor
Christian Curnyn
Venue
All Saints Church, East Finchley, London
Producer
Nicholas Anderson
Engineer
Jonathan Cooper
Engineer (Assistant)
Paul Quilter
Genre:
Opera

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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

(1685-1759)

Semele, HWV 58

169:35
first complete recording on period instruments
A musical theatrical entertainment in three acts
Based on a libretto by William Congreve
Edited by Clifford Bartlett
1.
No. 1. Ouverture. [ ]
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Allegro - Adagio -
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Gavotte
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Act I
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No. 2. Cadmus: 'Behold! auspicious flashes rise!'
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No. 3. Chorus: 'Lucky omens bless our rites'
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No. 4. Cadmus: 'Daughter, obey'
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No. 5. Semele: 'Ah me! What refuge now is left me?'
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No. 6. Semele: 'The morning lark to mine accords his note'
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No. 7. Athamus: 'See, she blushing turns her eyes'
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No. 8. Athamus: 'Hymen, haste, thy torch prepare'
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No. 9. Ino: 'Alas! she yields'
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No. 10. Cadmus: 'Why does thou thus untimely grieve'
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No. 11. Chorus: 'Avert those omens, all ye pow'rs!'
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No. 12. Cadmus: 'Again auspicious flashes rise'
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No. 13. Athamus: 'Thy aid, pronubial Juno, Athamus implores'
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No. 14. Chorus: 'Cease, cease your vows, 'tis impious to proceed'
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No. 15. Athamus: 'O Athamus, what torture hast thou borne!'
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No. 16. Ino: 'Turn, hopeless lover, turn thy eyes'
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No. 17. Athamus: 'She weeps! The gentle maid, in tender pity'
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No. 18. Athamus: 'Your tuneful voice my tale would tell'
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No. 19. Ino: 'Too well I see'
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No. 20. Ino: 'You've undone me'
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No. 21. Cadmus: 'Ah, wretched Prince, doom'd to disastrous love!' -
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Cadmus: 'See, see, Jove's Priests and holy Augurs come'
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No. 22. Chorus: 'Hail, Cadmus, hail! Jove salutes the Theban King'
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No. 23. Semele: 'Endless pleasure, endless love'
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Act II
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No. 24. Sinfonia. Presto
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No. 25. June: 'Iris, impatient of thy stay'
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No. 26. Iris: 'There, from mortal cares retiring'
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No. 27. Juno: 'No more - I'll hear no more'
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No. 28. Juno: 'Hence, Iris, hence away'
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No. 30. Semele: 'O sleep, why dost thou leave me?'
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No. 31. Semele: 'Let me not another moment'
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No. 32. Jupiter: 'Lay your doubts and fears aside'
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No. 33. Jupiter: 'You are mortal, and require'
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No. 34. Semele: 'With fond desiring'
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No. 35. Chorus: 'How engaging, how endearing'
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37.
No. 36. Semele: 'Ah me!' -
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Jupiter: 'Why sighs my Semele?'
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No. 37. Jupiter: 'I must with speed amuse her'
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No. 38. Chorus: 'Now Love that everlasting boy invites'
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No. 39. Jupiter: 'By my command'
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No. 40. Jupiter: 'Where'er you walk, cool gales shall fan the glade'
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No. 41. Semele: 'Dear sister, how was your passage hither?'
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No. 42. Ino: 'But hark! the heav'nly sphere turns round'
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No. 43. Ino and Semele: 'Prepare then, ye immortal choir'
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No. 44. Chorus: 'Bless the glad earth with heav'nly lays'
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Act III
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No. 45. [Sinfonia.] Larghetto e piano per tutto
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No. 46. Juno: 'Somnus, awake'
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No. 47. Somnus: 'Leave me, loathsome light'
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No. 48. Iris: 'Dull God, canst thou attend the water's fall'
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No. 49. Somnus: 'More sweet is that name'
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No. 50. Juno: 'My will obey'
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No. 51. Juno: 'Obey my will, thy rod resign'
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No. 52. Semele: 'My racking thoughts by no kind slumbers freed'
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No. 53. Juno: 'Thus shap'd like Ino'
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No. 54. Semele: 'Myself I shall adore'
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56.
No. 55. Juno: 'Be wise, as you are beautiful'
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No. 56. Semele: 'Thus let my tanks be paid'
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No. 57. Juno: 'Rich odours fill the fragrant air'
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Scene 4
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No. 58. Jupiter: 'Come to my arms, my lovely fair'
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No. 59. Jupiter: 'O Semele'
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No. 60. Semele: 'I ever am granting'
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No. 61. Jupiter: 'Speak, speak your desire'
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No. 62. Semele: 'You'll grant what I require'
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No. 63. Semele: 'Then cast off this human shape which you wear'
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No. 64. Jupiter: 'Ah, take heed what you press'
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No. 65. Semele: 'No, no! I'll take no less'
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No. 66. Jupiter: 'Ah! whither is she gone! unhappy fair!'
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No. 67. Juno: 'Above measure'
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No. 68. Semele: 'Ah me! too late I now repent'
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Scene 8
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No. 69. Ino: 'Of my ill-boding dream'
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No. 70. Chorus: 'O terror and astonishment!'
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No. 71. Ino: 'How I was hence remov'd'
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No. 72. Athamus: 'Despair no more shall wound me'
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No. 73. Cadmus: 'See from above the bellying clouds descend'
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Scene 9
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No. 74. Sinfonia. [ ]
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No. 75. Apollo: 'Apollo comes to relieve your care'
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No. 76. All: 'Happy, happy shall we be'
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Mortals
Solo: Rosemary Joshua soprano - Semele
Solo: Hilary Summers contralto - Ino
Solo: Brindley Sherratt bass - Cadmus
Solo: Stephen Wallace counter-tenor - Athamus
Immortals
Solo: Richard Croft tenor - Jupiter
Solo: Hilary Summers contralto - Juno
Solo: Gail Pearson soprano - Iris
Solo: Brindley Sherratt bass - Somnus
Solo: Richard Croft tenor - Apollo
Conductor: Christian Curnyn
16-20 April 2007

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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

(1685-1759)

Semele, HWV 58

169:35
first complete recording on period instruments
A musical theatrical entertainment in three acts
Based on a libretto by William Congreve
Edited by Clifford Bartlett
COMPACT DISC ONE
1.
No. 1. Ouverture. [ ]
2:32
2.
Allegro - Adagio -
3:41
3.
Gavotte
1:30
Act I
Scene 1
4.
No. 2. Cadmus: 'Behold! auspicious flashes rise!'
1:23
5.
No. 3. Chorus: 'Lucky omens bless our rites'
3:15
6.
No. 4. Cadmus: 'Daughter, obey'
0:55
7.
No. 5. Semele: 'Ah me! What refuge now is left me?'
2:43
8.
No. 6. Semele: 'The morning lark to mine accords his note'
7:25
9.
No. 7. Athamus: 'See, she blushing turns her eyes'
0:16
10.
No. 8. Athamus: 'Hymen, haste, thy torch prepare'
4:46
11.
No. 9. Ino: 'Alas! she yields'
0:42
12.
No. 10. Cadmus: 'Why does thou thus untimely grieve'
3:02
13.
No. 11. Chorus: 'Avert those omens, all ye pow'rs!'
2:00
14.
No. 12. Cadmus: 'Again auspicious flashes rise'
0:38
15.
No. 13. Athamus: 'Thy aid, pronubial Juno, Athamus implores'
0:14
16.
No. 14. Chorus: 'Cease, cease your vows, 'tis impious to proceed'
0:32
Scene 2
17.
No. 15. Athamus: 'O Athamus, what torture hast thou borne!'
0:29
18.
No. 16. Ino: 'Turn, hopeless lover, turn thy eyes'
8:01
19.
No. 17. Athamus: 'She weeps! The gentle maid, in tender pity'
0:18
20.
No. 18. Athamus: 'Your tuneful voice my tale would tell'
3:50
21.
No. 19. Ino: 'Too well I see'
0:43
22.
No. 20. Ino: 'You've undone me'
2:26
Scene 3
23.
No. 21. Cadmus: 'Ah, wretched Prince, doom'd to disastrous love!' -
2:08
Scene 4
Cadmus: 'See, see, Jove's Priests and holy Augurs come'
24.
No. 22. Chorus: 'Hail, Cadmus, hail! Jove salutes the Theban King'
1:30
25.
No. 23. Semele: 'Endless pleasure, endless love'
4:50
Total time: 59:57
COMPACT DISC TWO
Act II
1.
No. 24. Sinfonia. Presto
1:34
Scene 1
2.
No. 25. June: 'Iris, impatient of thy stay'
0:47
3.
No. 26. Iris: 'There, from mortal cares retiring'
3:39
4.
No. 27. Juno: 'No more - I'll hear no more'
2:04
5.
No. 28. Juno: 'Hence, Iris, hence away'
3:50
Scene 2
6.
No. 30. Semele: 'O sleep, why dost thou leave me?'
2:54
Scene 3
7.
No. 31. Semele: 'Let me not another moment'
0:19
8.
No. 32. Jupiter: 'Lay your doubts and fears aside'
3:06
9.
No. 33. Jupiter: 'You are mortal, and require'
0:17
10.
No. 34. Semele: 'With fond desiring'
3:21
11.
No. 35. Chorus: 'How engaging, how endearing'
3:04
12.
No. 36. Semele: 'Ah me!' -
1:07
Jupiter: 'Why sighs my Semele?'
13.
No. 37. Jupiter: 'I must with speed amuse her'
3:56
14.
No. 38. Chorus: 'Now Love that everlasting boy invites'
2:21
15.
No. 39. Jupiter: 'By my command'
1:03
16.
No. 40. Jupiter: 'Where'er you walk, cool gales shall fan the glade'
4:56
Scene 4
17.
No. 41. Semele: 'Dear sister, how was your passage hither?'
0:39
18.
No. 42. Ino: 'But hark! the heav'nly sphere turns round'
2:26
19.
No. 43. Ino and Semele: 'Prepare then, ye immortal choir'
1:57
20.
No. 44. Chorus: 'Bless the glad earth with heav'nly lays'
2:42
Total time: 46:10
COMPACT DISC THREE
Act III
1.
No. 45. [Sinfonia.] Larghetto e piano per tutto
1:28
Scene 1
2.
No. 46. Juno: 'Somnus, awake'
0:31
3.
No. 47. Somnus: 'Leave me, loathsome light'
3:26
4.
No. 48. Iris: 'Dull God, canst thou attend the water's fall'
0:29
5.
No. 49. Somnus: 'More sweet is that name'
2:27
6.
No. 50. Juno: 'My will obey'
1:14
7.
No. 51. Juno: 'Obey my will, thy rod resign'
1:59
Scene 2
8.
No. 52. Semele: 'My racking thoughts by no kind slumbers freed'
2:42
Scene 3
9.
No. 53. Juno: 'Thus shap'd like Ino'
1:26
10.
No. 54. Semele: 'Myself I shall adore'
7:16
11.
No. 55. Juno: 'Be wise, as you are beautiful'
1:48
12.
No. 56. Semele: 'Thus let my tanks be paid'
2:20
13.
No. 57. Juno: 'Rich odours fill the fragrant air'
0:22
Scene 4
14.
No. 58. Jupiter: 'Come to my arms, my lovely fair'
2:51
15.
No. 59. Jupiter: 'O Semele'
0:06
16.
No. 60. Semele: 'I ever am granting'
1:35
17.
No. 61. Jupiter: 'Speak, speak your desire'
0:37
18.
No. 62. Semele: 'You'll grant what I require'
0:10
19.
No. 63. Semele: 'Then cast off this human shape which you wear'
0:16
20.
No. 64. Jupiter: 'Ah, take heed what you press'
1:14
21.
No. 65. Semele: 'No, no! I'll take no less'
5:12
Scene 5
22.
No. 66. Jupiter: 'Ah! whither is she gone! unhappy fair!'
3:06
Scene 6
23.
No. 67. Juno: 'Above measure'
2:22
Scene 7
24.
No. 68. Semele: 'Ah me! too late I now repent'
3:07
Scene 8
25.
No. 69. Ino: 'Of my ill-boding dream'
0:12
26.
No. 70. Chorus: 'O terror and astonishment!'
4:00
27.
No. 71. Ino: 'How I was hence remov'd'
0:41
28.
No. 72. Athamus: 'Despair no more shall wound me'
5:07
29.
No. 73. Cadmus: 'See from above the bellying clouds descend'
0:14
Scene 9
30.
No. 74. Sinfonia. [ ]
1:19
31.
No. 75. Apollo: 'Apollo comes to relieve your care'
0:43
32.
No. 76. All: 'Happy, happy shall we be'
3:02
Total time: 63:28
Mortals
Solo: Rosemary Joshua soprano - Semele
Solo: Hilary Summers contralto - Ino
Solo: Brindley Sherratt bass - Cadmus
Solo: Stephen Wallace counter-tenor - Athamus
Immortals
Solo: Richard Croft tenor - Jupiter
Solo: Hilary Summers contralto - Juno
Solo: Gail Pearson soprano - Iris
Solo: Brindley Sherratt bass - Somnus
Solo: Richard Croft tenor - Apollo
Conductor: Christian Curnyn
16-20 April 2007




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