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CO 6019

Handel: Esther

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

The Symphony of Harmony and Invention


Harry Christophers


Michael Chance

alto - Priest of the Israelites

Michael George

bass - Haman

Anthony Robson

oboe

Lynda Russell

soprano - Esther

Nancy Argenta

soprano - Israelite Woman

Thomas Randle

tenor - Ahasuerus, Second Israelite

Simon Berridge

tenor - Habdonah, Third Israelite

Mark Padmore

tenor - Mordecai,First Israelite

Matthew Vine

tenor - Officer, Fourth Israelite

The Sixteen



Venue:

St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London



Producer:

Mark Brown



Engineer:

Mike Hatch



Record Label
Coro Records

Genre:

Choir


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 104:53
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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

(1685-1759)
   


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Esther

97:36  
   
  COMPACT DISC ONE  
1 Overture 7:00
  Andante - Larghetto - Allegro  
  Scene 1  
  Recitative  
2 ' 'Tis greater far to spare' 0:38
  Habdonah, Haman  
  Aria  
3 'Pluck root and branch from out the land' 1:56
  Haman  
  Recitative  
4 'Our souls with ardour glow' 0:08
  Persian Officer  
  Chorus  
5 'Shall we the God of Israel fear?' 1:38
   
  Scene 2  
  Recitative  
6 'Now persection shall lay by her iron rod' 0:17
  First Israelite  
  Aria  
7 'Tune your harps to cheerful strains' 3:53
  Chorus  
8 'Shall we of servitude complain' 1:20
  Aria  
9 'Praise the Lord with cheerful noise' 5:35
  Israelite Woman  
  Recitative  
10 'O God, who from the suckling's mouth' 0:20
  Israelite Women  
  Aria  
11 'Sing songs of praise, bow down the knee' 3:33
  Second Israelite  
  Chorus  
12 'Shall we of servitude complain' 1:17
   
  Scene 3  
  Recitative  
13 'How have our sins provoked the Lord!' 1:00
  Priest of the Israelites  
  Chorus  
14 'Ye sons of Israel mourn' 2:01
  Aria  
15 'O Jordan, Jordan, sacred tide' 6:48
  Priest of the Israelites  
  Chorus  
16 'Ye sons of Israel mourn' 2:07
   
 

Oboe Sonata in G minor (HWV 404)

7:44  
17 Andante 2:20
18 Allegro 1:48
19 Adagio 1:08
20 Allegro 2:28
 Anthony Robson oboe
   
  COMPACT DISC TWO  


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  Esther (continued)  
  Scene 4  
1 'Why sits that sorrow on thy brow?' 0:58
  Esther, Mordecai  
  Aria  
2 'Dreat not, righteous Queen, the danger' 4:10
  Mordecai  
  Recitative  
3 'I go before the King to stand' 0:15
  Esther  
  Aria  
4 'Tears assist me, pity moving' 2:59
  Esther  
  Chorus  
5 'Save us, O Lord' 0:58
   
  Scene 5  
  Recitative  
6 'Who dares intrude into our presence' 1:16
  Ahasuerus, Esther  
  Duet  
7 'Who calls my parting soul from death?' 2:30
  Esther, Ahasuerus  
  Aria  
8 'O beauteous Queen, unclose those eyes!' 6:43
  Ahasuerus  
  Recitative  
9 'If I find favour in thy sight' 0:20
  Esther  
  Aria  
10 'How can I stay when love invites?' 3:21
  Ahasuerus  
  Recitative  
11 'With inward joy his visage glows' 0:18
  Third Israelite, Fourth Israelite  
  Chorus  
12 'Virture, truth and innocence' 2:39
  Arioso  
13 'Jehovah, crown'd with glory bright' 1:33
  Priest of the Israelites  
  Chorus  
14 'He comes, he comes to end our woes' 4:00
   
  Scene 6  
  Recitative  
15 'Now, O Queen, they suit declare' 1:27
  Ahasuerus, Esther  
  Arioso  
16 'Turn not, O Queen, thy face away' 2:31
  Haman  
  Aria  
17 'Flatt'ring tongue, no more I hear thee!' 5:00
  Esther  
  Recitative  
18 'Guards, seize the traitor, bear him hence!' 0:35
  Ahasuerus  
  Aria  
19 'How art thou fall'n from thy height!' 5:05
  Haman  
  Chorus  
20 'The Lord our enemy has slain' 11:00


Esther is one of Handel’s most intimate sacred oratorios, presented here in its original 1718 version, performed and recorded "in the round".

"The ’sound’ of Esther, superbly communicated in the recorded performance here, is pure enchantment... The choral singing has an exceptional grandeur, and the instrumental playing a shimmering beauty. Among the soloists, none of whom is less than accomplished, Nancy Argenta and Michael Chance dominate... Both singers affirm a new golden age of Handel interpretation."

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