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Handel: Julius Caesar

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CHAN 3019
 
Multiple Set of 3 CDs
Handel: Julius Caesar
Release Date: April 1999
Originally recorded in 1998
Solo mezzo-soprano - Julius Caesar
Dame Janet Baker
Solo baritone - Curio
Christopher Booth-Jones
Solo mezzo-soprano - Cornelia
Sarah Walker
Solo mezzo-soprano - Sextus
Della Jones
Solo soprano - Cleopatra
Valerie Masterson
Solo counter-tenor - Ptolemy
James Bowman
Solo bass - Achillas
John Tomlinson
Solo counter-tenor - Nirenus
David James
Venue
Abbey Road Studios, London
Producer
John Fraser
Engineer
Mark Vigars
Genre:
Vocal & Song
Opera in English

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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
1.
Overture
3:02
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Act I
Scene 1
2.
'Caesar! Caesar! Egypt acclaims thee'
1:38
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Chorus
3.
'Kneel in tribute, fair land of Egypt'
2:05
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Caesar
4.
'Curio, Caesar has come . . .'
2:33
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Caesar, Cornelia, Sextus, Achillas
5.
'Tyrant, avoid my sight'
3:57
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Caesar
6.
'Mother!' 'Cornelia!'
0:43
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Sextus, Curio, Cornelia
7.
'Grief and woe all hope deny me'
6:10
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Cornelia
8.
'The time for tears is over'
0:27
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Sextus
9.
'Come rouse yourselves to vengeance'
4:07
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Sextus
Scene 2
10.
'You shall be Queen, Cleopatra'
2:00
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Cleopatra, Nirenus, Ptolemy
11.
'Yet why despair?'
4:37
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Cleopatra
12.
'Pharaoh, my King!'
1:10
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Achillas, Ptolemy
13.
'Upstart, barbarian and traitor!'
3:41
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Ptolemy
Scene 3
14.
'Spirit of mighty Pompey'
5:19
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Caesar, Curio, Cleopatra, Nirenus
15.
'Here within thee, O friendly marble'
3:03
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Cornelia
16.
'Alas! Reviled and neglected, must I remain here for ever?'
2:03
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Cornelia, Sextus, Cleopatra, Nirenus
17.
'O star of my desire'
5:32
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Cleopatra
Scene 4
18.
'Caesar! A generous destiny . . .'
1:08
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Ptolemy, Caesar, Achillas
19.
'How silently, how slyly'
6:29
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Caesar
20.
'Sire, with Sextus her son, the lady Cornelia'
1:58
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Achillas, Cornelia, Sextus, Ptolemy
21.
'Ne'er reject a tender lover'
5:13
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Achillas
22.
'Mother!' 'My dearest!'
0:37
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Sextus, Cornelia
23.
'Condemn'd to grieve and cry, my love'
7:44
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Cornelia, Sextus
Act II
Scene 1
24.
'Have you done as I ordered, faithful Nirenus?'
2:48
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Cleopatra, Nirenus, Caesar
25.
'Lamenting, complaining of Caesar's disdaining'
4:37
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Cleopatra, Caesar
26.
'Fly then, fly, O my heart'
0:42
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Caesar, Nirenus
27.
'Fleet o'er flowery meadow gliding'
7:47
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Caesar
Scene 2
28.
'Still despairing, still lamenting'
2:19
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Cornelia
29.
'Lady, forget your grieving'
2:05
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Achillas, Cornelia, Ptolemy
30.
'Deep within my bosom burning'
3:19
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Ptolemy
31.
'So why delay?'
1:17
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Cornelia, Sextus
32.
'Sigh no more, forget lamenting'
3:14
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Cornelia
33.
'He is no son who seeks not full revenge . . .'
0:23
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Sextus
34.
'Wounded, the serpent ne'er reposes'
5:05
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Sextus
Scene 3
35.
'Soon he will come to find me'
0:44
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Cleopatra
36.
'Venus, fair lady, one favour send me'
4:53
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Cleopatra
37.
'Ah gods! What do I see?'
2:49
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Caesar, Cleopatra, Curio
38.
'In anger and fury I'll turn on the foe'
1:41
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Caesar, Chorus
39.
'They will kill him'
1:10
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Cleopatra
40.
'Hear my prayer, O gods, relenting'
9:40
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Cleopatra
41.
Symphony
0:41
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Act III
Scene 1
42.
'So! You are beaten!'
0:56
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Ptolemy, Cleopatra
43.
'I shall tame your pride unbending'
4:14
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Ptolemy
44.
'And so in one brief hour all my glory is gone?'
1:06
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Cleopatra
45.
'Flow, my tears'
6:50
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Cleopatra
46.
'From the perils of the ocean'
2:06
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Caesar
47.
'Zephyrs! Zephyrs, come to mine aid!'
6:35
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Caesar
48.
'Nirenus, the battle is fought and lost'
2:23
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Sextus, Achillas, Caesar, Curio
49.
'See in spate the high cataract storming'
4:33
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Caesar
Scene 2
50.
'Ladies, my faithful servants'
3:25
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Cleopatra, Caesar
51.
'Stormy winds my ship had shaken'
6:24
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Cleopatra
Scene 3
52.
Symphony
2:59
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53.
'Here, Curio and your legions'
2:27
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Nirenus, Caesar, Sextus, Cornelia, Cleopatra
54.
'Dearest!' 'Fairest!'
5:45
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Cleopatra, Caesar
55.
'Long, long may Egypt continue'
0:29
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Caesar
56.
'Proclaim we all great Caesar's glory'
0:52
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Chorus
57.
'A vow I give you'
0:57
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Caesar, Cleopatra
58.
'Proclaim we all great Caesar's glory'
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Chorus
Solo: Dame Janet Baker mezzo-soprano - Julius Caesar
Solo: Christopher Booth-Jones baritone - Curio
Solo: Sarah Walker mezzo-soprano - Cornelia
Solo: Della Jones mezzo-soprano - Sextus
Solo: Valerie Masterson soprano - Cleopatra
Solo: James Bowman counter-tenor - Ptolemy
Solo: John Tomlinson bass - Achillas
Solo: David James counter-tenor - Nirenus
Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
1-7 August 1984

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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
Total time: 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
Total time: 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
Total time: 53:50
Solo: Dame Janet Baker mezzo-soprano - Julius Caesar
Solo: Christopher Booth-Jones baritone - Curio
Solo: Sarah Walker mezzo-soprano - Cornelia
Solo: Della Jones mezzo-soprano - Sextus
Solo: Valerie Masterson soprano - Cleopatra
Solo: James Bowman counter-tenor - Ptolemy
Solo: John Tomlinson bass - Achillas
Solo: David James counter-tenor - Nirenus
Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
1-7 August 1984




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