Opera - Julius Caesar

   
 GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
 Julius Caesar 183:56  
  Libretto by Nicola Haym  
  English translation by Brian Trowell  
  Edition prepared by Noel Davies and Sir Charles Mackerras  
   
1 Overture 3:02
  Act I  
  Scene 1  
2 'Caesar! Caesar! Egypt acclaims thee' 1:38
  Chorus  
3 'Kneel in tribute, fair land of Egypt' 2:05
  Caesar  
4 'Curio, Caesar has come . . .' 2:33
  Caesar, Cornelia, Sextus, Achillas  
5 'Tyrant, avoid my sight' 3:57
  Caesar  
6 'Mother!' 'Cornelia!' 0:43
  Sextus, Curio, Cornelia  
7 'Grief and woe all hope deny me' 6:10
  Cornelia  
8 'The time for tears is over' 0:27
  Sextus  
9 'Come rouse yourselves to vengeance' 4:07
  Sextus  
   
  Scene 2  
10 'You shall be Queen, Cleopatra' 2:00
  Cleopatra, Nirenus, Ptolemy  
11 'Yet why despair?' 4:37
  Cleopatra  
12 'Pharaoh, my King!' 1:10
  Achillas, Ptolemy  
13 'Upstart, barbarian and traitor!' 3:41
  Ptolemy  
   
  Scene 3  
14 'Spirit of mighty Pompey' 5:19
  Caesar, Curio, Cleopatra, Nirenus  
15 'Here within thee, O friendly marble' 3:03
  Cornelia  
16 'Alas! Reviled and neglected, must I remain here for ever?' 2:03
  Cornelia, Sextus, Cleopatra, Nirenus  
17 'O star of my desire' 5:32
  Cleopatra  
   
  Scene 4  
18 'Caesar! A generous destiny . . .' 1:08
  Ptolemy, Caesar, Achillas  
19 'How silently, how slyly' 6:29
  Caesar  
20 'Sire, with Sextus her son, the lady Cornelia' 1:58
  Achillas, Cornelia, Sextus, Ptolemy  
21 'Ne'er reject a tender lover' 5:13
  Achillas  
22 'Mother!' 'My dearest!' 0:37
  Sextus, Cornelia  
23 'Condemn'd to grieve and cry, my love' 7:44
  Cornelia, Sextus  
   
  Act II  
  Scene 1  
24 'Have you done as I ordered, faithful Nirenus?' 2:48
  Cleopatra, Nirenus, Caesar  
25 'Lamenting, complaining of Caesar's disdaining' 4:37
  Cleopatra, Caesar  
26 'Fly then, fly, O my heart' 0:42
  Caesar, Nirenus  
27 'Fleet o'er flowery meadow gliding' 7:47
  Caesar  
   
  Scene 2  
28 'Still despairing, still lamenting' 2:19
  Cornelia  
29 'Lady, forget your grieving' 2:05
  Achillas, Cornelia, Ptolemy  
30 'Deep within my bosom burning' 3:19
  Ptolemy  
31 'So why delay?' 1:17
  Cornelia, Sextus  
32 'Sigh no more, forget lamenting' 3:14
  Cornelia  
33 'He is no son who seeks not full revenge . . .' 0:23
  Sextus  
34 'Wounded, the serpent ne'er reposes' 5:05
  Sextus  
   
  Scene 3  
35 'Soon he will come to find me' 0:44
  Cleopatra  
36 'Venus, fair lady, one favour send me' 4:53
  Cleopatra  
37 'Ah gods! What do I see?' 2:49
  Caesar, Cleopatra, Curio  
38 'In anger and fury I'll turn on the foe' 1:41
  Caesar, Chorus  
39 'They will kill him' 1:10
  Cleopatra  
40 'Hear my prayer, O gods, relenting' 9:40
  Cleopatra  
   
41 Symphony 0:41
  Act III  
  Scene 1  
42 'So! You are beaten!' 0:56
  Ptolemy, Cleopatra  
43 'I shall tame your pride unbending' 4:14
  Ptolemy  
44 'And so in one brief hour all my glory is gone?' 1:06
  Cleopatra  
45 'Flow, my tears' 6:50
  Cleopatra  
46 'From the perils of the ocean' 2:06
  Caesar  
47 'Zephyrs! Zephyrs, come to mine aid!' 6:35
  Caesar  
48 'Nirenus, the battle is fought and lost' 2:23
  Sextus, Achillas, Caesar, Curio  
49 'See in spate the high cataract storming' 4:33
  Caesar  
   
  Scene 2  
50 'Ladies, my faithful servants' 3:25
  Cleopatra, Caesar  
51 'Stormy winds my ship had shaken' 6:24
  Cleopatra  
   
  Scene 3  
52 Symphony 2:59
53 'Here, Curio and your legions' 2:27
  Nirenus, Caesar, Sextus, Cornelia, Cleopatra  
54 'Dearest!' 'Fairest!' 5:45
  Cleopatra, Caesar  
55 'Long, long may Egypt continue' 0:29
  Caesar  
56 'Proclaim we all great Caesar's glory' 0:52
  Chorus  
57 'A vow I give you' 0:57
  Caesar, Cleopatra  
58 'Proclaim we all great Caesar's glory' 0:49
  Chorus  
   
 Dame Janet Baker mezzo-soprano - Julius Caesar
 Christopher Booth-Jones baritone - Curio
 Sarah Walker mezzo-soprano - Cornelia
 Della Jones mezzo-soprano - Sextus
 Valerie Masterson soprano - Cleopatra
 James Bowman counter-tenor - Ptolemy
 John Tomlinson bass - Achillas
 David James counter-tenor - Nirenus
 Sir Charles Mackerras
  1-7 August 1984