George Frideric Handel: Alexander's Feast; The Choice of Hercules

George Frideric Handel: Alexander's Feast; The Choice of Hercules

by Philip Ledger

CD

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2010
Label: Erato
UPC: 5099962852029
catalogNumber: 28520

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Alexander's Feast, ode for St. Cecilia's Day, HWV 75

    1. Part 1. Overture  (06:31)
    2. Part 2. Air and Chorus. Thais led the way  (05:21)
    3. Part 1. Recitative. 'Twas at the royal feast  (01:04)
    4. Part 2. Accompagnato and Chorus. Thus, long ago  (05:04)
    5. Part 1. Air and Chorus. Happy, happy, happy pair!  (04:43)
    6. Part 2. Recitative. Let old Timotheus yield the prize  (00:30)
    7. Part 1. Recitative. Timotheus plac'd on high  (00:29)
    8. Part 2. Soli and Chorus. Let old Timotheus yield the prize  (03:54)
    9. Part 1. Accompagnato. The song began from Jove  (01:02)
    10. Part 2. Recitative. Your voices tune  (00:37)
    11. Part 1. Chorus. The List'ning crowd admire the lofty sound  (02:02)
    12. Part 2. Duet. Let's imitate her notes above  (02:48)
    13. Part 1. Air. With ravish'd ears  (03:50)
    14. Part 2. Chorus. Your voices tune  (03:00)
    15. Part 1. Recitative. The praise of Bacchus  (00:39)
    16. Part 1. Air and Chorus. Bacchus, ever fair and young  (05:03)
    17. Part 1. Recitative. Sooth'd with the sound  (00:45)
    18. Part 1. Accompagnato. He chose a mournful muse  (01:27)
    19. Part 1. Air. He sung Darius great and good  (03:06)
    20. Part 1. Accompagnato. With downcast looks  (01:14)
    21. Part 1. Chorus. Behold Darius great and good  (02:38)
    22. Part 1. Recitative. The mighty master smil'd to see  (00:32)
    23. Part 1. Arioso. Softly sweet in Lydian measures  (03:08)
    24. Part 1. Air. War, he sung, is toil and trouble  (04:40)
    25. Part 1. Chorus. The many rend the skies  (04:45)
    26. Part 1. Air. The prince, unable to conceal his pain  (06:57)
    27. Part 1. Chorus. The many rend the skies  (04:49)
    28. Part 2. Accompagnato. Now strike the golden lyre again  (08:37)
    29. Part 2. Air. Revenge, revenge, Timotheus cries  (02:03)
    30. Part 2. Accompagnato. Give the vengeance due  (01:31)
    31. Part 2. Air. The princes applaud  (02:58)

Disc 2

  1. The Choice of Hercules, oratorio, HWV 69

    1. Sinfonia  (01:31)
    2. Accompagnato. See, Hercules!  (02:56)
    3. Air. Come, blooming boy  (01:57)
    4. Air. There the brisk sparkling nectar drain  (02:28)
    5. Air and Chorus. While for thy arms  (02:30)
    6. Recitative. Away, mistaken wretch, away!  (00:28)
    7. Air. This manly youth's exalted mind  (06:15)
    8. Recitative. Rise, youth! exalt thyself and me  (00:17)
    9. Air. Go, assert thy heav'nly race  (02:43)
    10. Recitative. In peace, in war  (00:20)
    11. Solo and Chorus. So shalt thou gain immortal praise  (02:25)
    12. Recitative. Hear'st thou, what dangers  (00:37)
    13. Solo and Chorus. Turn thee, youth, to joy and love  (02:34)
    14. Recitative. Short is my way - Oh cease, enchanting siren  (00:37)
    15. Air. Yet can I hear that dulcet lay  (03:41)
    16. Air. Enjoy the sweet Elysian grove  (02:22)
    17. Recitative. Oh! whither, Reason, dost thou fly?  (00:15)
    18. Trio. Where shall I go?  (02:22)
    19. Accompagnato. Mount, mount the steep ascent  (00:42)
    20. Air. Mount, mount, the steep ascent  (01:36)
    21. Chorus. Arise, arise!  (02:17)
    22. Recitative. The sounds breathe fire celestial  (00:17)
    23. Air. Lead, Goddess, lead the way!  (05:15)
    24. Chorus. Virtue will place thee  (05:21)

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