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SO 0240
HANDEL, G.F.: Joshua [Oratorio] (London Handel Choir and Orchestra, Cummings)

Handel - Joshua

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2009

Originally recorded in 2009


London Handel Orchestra

Laurence Cummings

George Humphreys


Alexandra Gibson


Catherine Manley


Allan Clayton


Richard Rowntree


London Handel Singers


St Georges Church, Hanover Square, London W1

13 Mar 2008


Siva Oke


Simon Eadon

Record Label



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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Joshua HWV 64

  An Oratorio in Three Parts  
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  
  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  
  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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