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Handel: Julius Caesar

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CHAN 3072
 
Handel: Julius Caesar
Release Date: September 2002
Originally recorded in 2001
Composer (1685-1759)
George Frideric Handel
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 countertenor - Ptolemy
James Bowman
Solo bass - Achillas
John Tomlinson
Solo countertenor - 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

(1685-1759)

Julius Caesar

74:25
Libretto by Nicola Haym
English translation by Brian Trowell
Edition prepared by Noel Davies and Sir Charles Mackerras
Act I
from Scene 1 Open country in Egypt
1.
'Caesar! Caesar! Egypt acclaims thee'
1:41
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Chorus
2.
'Kneel in tribute, fair land of Egypt'
2:05
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Caesar
3.
'Curio, Caesar has come . . .'
2:33
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Caesar, Cornelia, Sextus, Achillas
4.
'Tyrant, avoid my sight'
3:58
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Caesar
from Scene 3 Caesar's camp
5.
'Spirit of mighty Pompey'
2:57
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Caesar, Curio, Cleopatra, Nirenus
from Scene 4 In the palace of the Ptolemies
6.
'Caesar! A generous destiny'
1:08
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Ptolemy, Caesar, Achillas
7.
'How silently, how slyly'
6:31
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Caesar
Act II
Scene 1 (complete) A grove of cedars
8.
'Have you done as I ordered, faithful Nirenus?'
2:48
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Cleopatra, Nirenus, Caesar
9.
'Lamenting, complaining of Caesar's disdaining'
4:37
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Cleopatra, Caesar
10.
'Fly then, fly, O my heart'
0:42
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Caesar, Nirenus
11.
'Fleet o'er flowery meadow gliding'
7:48
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Caesar
from Scene 3 A chamber
12.
'Ah gods! What do I see?'
2:49
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Caesar, Cleopatra, Curio
13.
'In anger and fury I'll turn on the foe'
1:41
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Caesar, Chorus
14.
'They will kill him'
1:12
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Cleopatra
Act III
from Scene 1 An anchorage near Alexandria
15.
Symphony
0:43
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16.
'From the perils of the ocean'
2:06
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17.
'Zephyrs! Zephyrs, come to mine aid!'
6:35
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Caesar
18.
'Nirenus, the battle is fought and lost'
2:32
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Sextus, Achillas, Caesar, Curio
19.
'See in spate the high cataract storming'
4:33
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Caesar
Scene 3 (complete) The harbour of Alexandria
20.
Symphony
2:59
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21.
'Here, Curio and your legions'
2:27
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Nirenus, Caesar, Sextus, Cornelia, Cleopatra
22.
'Dearest!' 'Fairest!'
5:45
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Cleopatra, Caesar
23.
'Long, long may Egypt continue'
0:29
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Caesar
24.
'Proclaim we all great Caesar's glory'
0:52
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Chorus
25.
'A vow I give you'
0:57
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Caesar, Cleopatra
26.
'Proclaim we all great Caesar's glory'
0:55
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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 countertenor - Ptolemy
Solo: John Tomlinson bass - Achillas
Solo: David James countertenor - Nirenus
Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
1-7 August 1984

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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

(1685-1759)

Julius Caesar

74:25
Libretto by Nicola Haym
English translation by Brian Trowell
Edition prepared by Noel Davies and Sir Charles Mackerras
Act I
from Scene 1 Open country in Egypt
1.
'Caesar! Caesar! Egypt acclaims thee'
1:41
Chorus
2.
'Kneel in tribute, fair land of Egypt'
2:05
Caesar
3.
'Curio, Caesar has come . . .'
2:33
Caesar, Cornelia, Sextus, Achillas
4.
'Tyrant, avoid my sight'
3:58
Caesar
from Scene 3 Caesar's camp
5.
'Spirit of mighty Pompey'
2:57
Caesar, Curio, Cleopatra, Nirenus
from Scene 4 In the palace of the Ptolemies
6.
'Caesar! A generous destiny'
1:08
Ptolemy, Caesar, Achillas
7.
'How silently, how slyly'
6:31
Caesar
Act II
Scene 1 (complete) A grove of cedars
8.
'Have you done as I ordered, faithful Nirenus?'
2:48
Cleopatra, Nirenus, Caesar
9.
'Lamenting, complaining of Caesar's disdaining'
4:37
Cleopatra, Caesar
10.
'Fly then, fly, O my heart'
0:42
Caesar, Nirenus
11.
'Fleet o'er flowery meadow gliding'
7:48
Caesar
from Scene 3 A chamber
12.
'Ah gods! What do I see?'
2:49
Caesar, Cleopatra, Curio
13.
'In anger and fury I'll turn on the foe'
1:41
Caesar, Chorus
14.
'They will kill him'
1:12
Cleopatra
Act III
from Scene 1 An anchorage near Alexandria
15.
Symphony
0:43
16.
'From the perils of the ocean'
2:06
17.
'Zephyrs! Zephyrs, come to mine aid!'
6:35
Caesar
18.
'Nirenus, the battle is fought and lost'
2:32
Sextus, Achillas, Caesar, Curio
19.
'See in spate the high cataract storming'
4:33
Caesar
Scene 3 (complete) The harbour of Alexandria
20.
Symphony
2:59
21.
'Here, Curio and your legions'
2:27
Nirenus, Caesar, Sextus, Cornelia, Cleopatra
22.
'Dearest!' 'Fairest!'
5:45
Cleopatra, Caesar
23.
'Long, long may Egypt continue'
0:29
Caesar
24.
'Proclaim we all great Caesar's glory'
0:52
Chorus
25.
'A vow I give you'
0:57
Caesar, Cleopatra
26.
'Proclaim we all great Caesar's glory'
0:55
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 countertenor - Ptolemy
Solo: John Tomlinson bass - Achillas
Solo: David James countertenor - Nirenus
Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
1-7 August 1984




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