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HANDEL, G.F.: Joshua [Oratorio] (London Handel Choir and Orchestra, Cummings)

Handel - Joshua

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2009

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

London Handel Orchestra


Laurence Cummings


George Humphreys

bass

Alexandra Gibson

mezzo-soprano

Catherine Manley

soprano

Allan Clayton

tenor

Richard Rowntree

tenor

London Handel Singers



Venue:

St Georges Church, Hanover Square, London W1

13 Mar 2008

Producer:

Siva Oke



Engineer:

Simon Eadon



Record Label
Somm

Genre:

Opera


Early Music

Total Time - 117:59
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HANDEL, G.F.: Joshua [Oratorio] (London Handel Choir and Orchestra, Cummings)

   
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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

   
 

Joshua HWV 64

118:36  
  An Oratorio in Three Parts  
   
  PART ONE  
1 Introduzione - A tempo di Ouverture 1:35
   
  Scene 1  
2 Chorus of Israelites 4:48
  Ye sons of Israel ev'ry tribe attend  
3 Recitative (Joshua, Caleb) 1:00
  Behold, my friends, what vast rewards are giv'n  
4 Aria (Caleb) 2:15
  O first in wisdom, first in pow'r!  
5 Recitative (Achsah) 0:22
  Matrons, and virgins, with unwearied pray'r  
6 Aria (Achsah) 5:13
  Oh! who can tell, oh! who can hear  
7 Recitative (Joshua) 0:42
  Caleb, attend to all I now prescribe 2:55      
8 Solo (Joshua) and Chorus 2:55
  To long posterity we here record  
9 Accompagnato (Joshua) 0:37
  So long the memory shall last  
10 Air (Joshua) 4:36
  While Kedron's brook to Jordan's stream  
   
  Scene 2  
  Othniel, Joshua. (Angel appearing)  
11 Recitative (Othniel) 0:37
  But, who is he? - tremendous to behold!  
12 Aria (Othniel) 2:42
  Awful, pleasing being say  
13 Recitative (Angel, Joshua) 0:40
  Joshua, I come commission'd from on high  
14 Accompagnato (Angel) 1:08
  Leader of Israel, 'tis the Lord's decree  
15 Recitative (Joshua) 0:11
  To give command, prerogative is thine  
16 Air (Joshua) 2:11
  Haste, Israel, haste  
17 Chorus of Israelites 2:10
  The Lord commands, and Joshua leads  
   
  Scene 3  
18 Accompagnato (Othniel, Achsah) 2:39
  In these blest scenes  
19 Recitative (Othniel, Achsah) 0:17
  'Tis Achsah's voice  
20 Accompagnato (Othniel, Achsah) 0:38
  Hail, lovely virgin of this blissful bow'r!  
21 Aria (Achsah) 5:33
  Hark, 'tis the linnet and the thrush!  
22 Recitative (Othniel) 0:35
  Oh Achsah! form'd for ev'ry chaste delight  
23 Duet (Achsah and Othniel) 2:45
  Our limpid streams with freedom flow  
24 Trumpets flourish 0:04
25 Recitative (Othniel) 0:16
  The trumpet calls; now Jericho shall know  
26 Chorus of Israelites 2:14
  May all the host of Heav'n attend him round  
   
  PART TWO  
  Scene 1  
27 Recitative (Joshua) 0:29
  'Tis well; six times the Lord hath been obey'd  
28 A solemn march during the circumvention of the Ark of the Covenant 1:16
29 Solo (Joshua) and Chorus 5:06
  Glory to God! - The nations tremble  
30 Recitative (Caleb) 0:31
  The walls are levell'd  
31 Aria (Caleb) 3:02
  See, the raging flames arise  
32 Aria (Achsah) 3:40
  To vanity and earthly pride  
   
  Scene 2  
33 Recitative (Joshua) 0:26
  Let all the seed of Abrah'm now prepare  
34 Solo (Joshua) and Chorus 3:11
  Almighty Ruler of the skies  
   
  Scene 3  
35 Recitative (Caleb) 0:52
  Joshua, the men dispatch'd by thee  
36 Chorus of the defeated Israelites 2:56
  How soon our tow'ring hopes are cross'd!  
37 Recitative (Joshua) 0:19
  Whence this dejection?  
38 Air (Joshua) and Chorus 3:00
  We with redoubled rage return  
   
  Scene 4  
39 Recitative (Othniel) 0:18
  Now give the army breath; let war a while  
40 Aria (Othniel) 3:25
  Heros, when with glory burning  
41 Recitative (Achsah) 0:25
  Indulgent heav'n hath heard my virgin pray'r  
42 Air (Achsah) 2:42
  As cheers the sun the tender flow'r  
   
  Scene 5  
43 Recitative (Caleb, Othniel) 1:15
  Sure I'm deceiv'd, with sorrow I behold  
   
  Scene 6  
44 Aria (Othniel) 3:06
  Nations, who in future story  
   
  Scene 7  
45 Recitative (Joshua) 0:29
  Brethren and friends, what joy this scene imparts  
46 Flourish of warlike instruments 0:05
47 Recitative (Caleb) 0:10
  Thus far our cause is favour'd by the Lord  
48 Flouris of warlike instruments 0:15
49 Solo (Joshua) and Chorus 2:27
  O thou bright orb, great ruler of the day  
   
  PART THREE  
  Scene 1  
50 Chorus of Israelites 3:44
  Hail, mighty Joshua, hail!  
51 Aria (Achsah) 2:33
  Happy, oh, thrice happy we  
52 Recitative (Joshua, Caleb) 1:54
  Caleb, for holy Eleazer send  
53 Aria (Caleb) 2:48
  Shall I in Mamre's fertile plain  
54 Chorus of the Tribe of Judah 2:12
  For all these mercies we will sing  
55 Recitative (Othniel, Caleb) 1:02
  O Caleb, fear'd by foes, by friends ador'd  
56 Air (Othniel) 1:36
  Place danger around me  
   
  Scene 2  
57 Chorus of Israelites 2:13
  Father of mercy, hear the pray'r we make  
58 Recitative (Joshua) 0:30
  In bloom of youth, this stripling hath achiev'd  
59 Chorus of Youths 0:47
  See, the conqu'ring hero comes!  
60 Duet (Virgins) 0:46
  See the godlike youth advance!  
61 Full Chorus 0:52
  See, the conqu'ring hero comes!  
   
  Scene 3  
62 Recitative (Caleb, Othniel, Achsah) 0:39
  Welcome, my, son, my Othniel, good and great  
63 Aria (Achsah) 2:27
  Oh! had I Jubal's lyre  
64 Recitative (Othniel) 0:11
  While life shall last  
65 Duet (Othniel, Achsah) 2:37
  O peerless maid, with beaty blest  
66 Recitative (Caleb) 0:33
  While lawless tyrants, with ambition blind  
67 Chorus 2:27
  The great Jehovah is our awful theme  
   
 Catherine Manley soprano
  Achsah, daughter of Caleb  
 Alexandra Gibson mezzo-soprano
  Othniel, an Israelite captain  
 Allan Clayton tenor
  Joshua, leader of the Israelites  
 George Humphreys bass
  Caleb, a senior Israelite  
 Richard Rowntree tenor
  An Angel  
  (Adrian Butterfield - Leader)  
 Laurence Cummings
   
  Recorded live during the London Handel Festival  
   
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