GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)
   
 Alceste, HWV 45 63:16  
  Incidental music to the play by Tobias Smollett (1721-1771)  
  Music texts probably by Thomas Morell (1703-1784)  
1 1 Ouverture. [ ] - Allegro - A tempo ordinario 5:04
2 2 Grand Entrée 1:57
3 3 Accompagnato (Tenor). 'Ye happy people' 0:22
4 4 Soli and Chorus. 'Triumph, Hymen, in the pair'. Andante allegro 2:34
  Elizabeth Weisberg soprano  
  Sian Menna mezzo-soprano  
5 5 Solo (Soprano) and Chorus. 'Still caressing, and caress'd'. Allegro 2:34
6 6 Air (Tenor). 'Ye swift minutes as ye fly'. Allegro 3:27
7 7 Chorus. 'O bless, ye pow'rs above'. 2:00
8 8 Air (Soprano). 'Gentle Morpheus, son of light'. Largo e mezzo piano - 'That when bright Aurora's beams'. Andante - Largo - Air 8:07
9 Sinfonia from Admeto, re di Tessaglia, HWV 22 1:18
10 9 Air (bass). 'Ye fleeting shades, I come'. Andante 4:19
11 10 Chorus. 'Thrice happy who in life excel'. Larghetto 1:57
12 11 Air (Tenor). 'Enjoy the sweet Elysian grove'. Allegro, ma non troppo 5:14
13 Passacaille from Radamisto, HWV 12a 4:42
14 Si replica il Coro precedente 'Thrice happy' 1:58
15 12 Air (Soprano). 'Come, Fancy, empress of the brain'. Allegro, ma non troppo - Adagio 5:33
16 13 Symphony and Accompagnato (Tenor). 'He comes, he rises from below' 1:25
17 14 Chorus. 'All hail, thou mighty son of Jove!' Allegro 2:10
18 15 Symphony. Larghetto 1:55
19 16 Recitative (Tenor). 'From high Olympus' top, the seat of God' 0:44
20 17 Air (Tenor). 'Tune your harps, all ye Nine'. Larghetto 1:44
  Segue il Ballo  
21 18 Ballo Primo. Un peu lentement 1:48
22 19 L'Ultimo Ballo 0:56
  Entra il Coro ultimo  
23 20 Chorus. 'Triumph, thou son of Jove' 1:14
 Lucy Crowe soprano
 Benjamin Hulett tenor
 Andrew Foster-Williams bass-baritone
 Christian Curnyn
  7 and 8 November 2011