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LN 0358

Thomas Arne Artaxerxes

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release date: July 2014


Artists:

Classical Opera Company

Choral

Record Label
Linn Records

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Opera




Total Time - 129:51
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THOMAS ARNE

 

Artaxerxes

 
1 Overture - (Poco più che andante – Larghetto – Gavotta) 5:13
2 Recitative - Still silence reigns around 0:29
3 No.1, Duettino - Fair Aurora, prithee stay 2:17
4 Recitative - Alas, thou know’st that for my love to thee 1:13
5 No.2, Air - Adieu, thou lovely youth 3:22
6 Recitative - O cruel parting! How can I survive? 0:57
7 No.3, Air - Amid a thousand racking woes 4:38
8 Recitative - Be firm, my heart 1:26
9 No.4, Air - Behold, on Lethe’s dismal strand 3:37
10 Recitative - Stay, Artaxerxes, stay 0:29
11 No.5, Air - Fair Semira, lovely maid 3:26
12 Recitative - I fear some dread disaster… 1:29
13 No.6, Air - When real joy we miss 1:59
14 Recitative - Ye Gods, protectors of the Persian Empire 0:36
15 No.7, Air - How hard is the fate 4:01
16 Recitative - Whither do I fly? 3:24
17 No.8, Air - Thy father! Away, I renounce the soft claim 1:24
18 Recitative - Ye cruel Gods, what crime have I committed 0:14
19 No.9, Air - Acquit thee of this foul offence 1:27
20 Recitative - Appearance, I must own, is strong against me 0:48
21 No.10, Air - O too lovely, too unkind 4:25
22 Accompanied recitative - Dear and beloved shade 0:49
23 No.11, Air - Fly, soft ideas, fly 5:01
24 Recitative - Guards, speed ye to the tower 0:38
25 No.12, Air - In infancy, our hopes and fears 2:12
26 Recitative - So far my great resolve succeeds 1:28
27 No.13, Air - Disdainful you fly me 2:46
28 Recitative - Why, my dear friend, so pensive, so inactive? 2:05
29 No.14, Air - To sigh and complain 1:51
30 Recitative - How many links to dire misfortune’s chain 1:13
31 No.15, Air - If o’er the cruel tyrant love 3:01
32 Recitative - Which fatal evil shall I first oppose? 5:13
33 No.16, Air - If the river’s swelling waves 0:29
34 Recitative - Ye solid pillars of the Persian Empire 2:17
35 No.17, Air - By that belov’d embrace 1:13
36 Recitative - Ah me, at poor Arbaces’ parting 3:22
37 No.18, Air - Monster, away 0:57
38 Recitative - See, lov’d Semira 4:38
39 Accompanied recitative - At last my soul has room 1:26
40 No.19, Air - Thou, like the glorious sun 3:37
41 No.20, Air - Why is death for ever late 0:29
42 Recitative - Arbaces! Gracious Heav’n, what’s this I see? 3:26
43 No.21, Air - Water parted from the sea 1:29
44 Recitative - That face, secure in conscious innocence 1:59
45 No.22, Air - Though oft a cloud with envious shade 0:36
46 Recitative - My son, Arbaces... where art thou retir’d? 4:01
47 No.23, Air - O let the danger of a son 3:24
48 Accompanied recitative - Ye adverse Gods! 1:24
49 No.24, Air - O, much lov’d son, if death 0:14
50 Recitative - Perhaps the King releas’d Arbaces 1:27
51 No.25, Air - Let not rage, thy bosom firing 0:48
52 Recitative - What have I done? Alas, I vainly thought 4:25
53 No.26, Air - ’Tis not true that in our grief 0:49
54 Recitative - Nor here my searching eyes can find Mandane 5:01
55 No.27, Duetto - For thee I live, my dearest 0:38
56 Recitative - To you, my people, much belov’d 2:12
57 No.28, Air - The soldier, tir’d of war’s alarms 1:28
58 Recitative - Behold, my King, Arbaces at thy feet 2:46
59 No.29, Finale - Live to us, to Empire live 2:05
     

Arne: Artaxerxes – Christopher Ainslie, Elizabeth Watts, Caitlin Hulcup, Andrew Staples, Rebecca Bottone, Daniel Norman, Classical Opera, Ian Page

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Thomas Arne, the composer of Rule, Britannia!, the Classical Opera company presents the first complete recording of Artaxerxes. The original scores for the opera were lost in a fire in Drury Lane Theatre – only the orchestral parts, the libretto, and some of the music survived. The noted musicologist Duncan Druce recreated the Finale and the company’s director, Ian Page, the recitatives for this new performing edition, which was premiered at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, in 2009. The opera contains several well-known arias, including ‘The soldier tir’d’, made famous by the late Dame Joan Sutherland.

The Classical Opera company, founded by Ian Page in 1997, specialises in the music of Mozart and his contemporaries whilst performing with its own period instrument orchestra. The company has also established an outstanding track record for its work in discovering and developing world class young artists. Listen to the soloists in Artaxerxes to appreciate why Classical Opera is regarded as one of Britain’s most exciting and highly regarded young arts organisations.



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