Janet Bakers sings scenes from Julius Caesar

 GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)
   
 Julius Caesar 74:25  
  Libretto by Nicola Haym  
  English translation by Brian Trowell  
  Edition prepared by Noel Davies and Sir Charles Mackerras  
   
  Act I  
  from Scene 1 Open country in Egypt  
1 'Caesar! Caesar! Egypt acclaims thee' 1:41
  Chorus  
2 'Kneel in tribute, fair land of Egypt' 2:05
  Caesar  
3 'Curio, Caesar has come . . .' 2:33
  Caesar, Cornelia, Sextus, Achillas  
4 'Tyrant, avoid my sight' 3:58
  Caesar  
   
  from Scene 3 Caesar's camp  
5 'Spirit of mighty Pompey' 2:57
  Caesar, Curio, Cleopatra, Nirenus  
   
  from Scene 4 In the palace of the Ptolemies  
6 'Caesar! A generous destiny' 1:08
  Ptolemy, Caesar, Achillas  
7 'How silently, how slyly' 6:31
  Caesar  
   
  Act II  
  Scene 1 (complete) A grove of cedars  
8 'Have you done as I ordered, faithful Nirenus?' 2:48
  Cleopatra, Nirenus, Caesar  
9 'Lamenting, complaining of Caesar's disdaining' 4:37
  Cleopatra, Caesar  
10 'Fly then, fly, O my heart' 0:42
  Caesar, Nirenus  
11 'Fleet o'er flowery meadow gliding' 7:48
  Caesar  
   
  from Scene 3 A chamber  
12 'Ah gods! What do I see?' 2:49
  Caesar, Cleopatra, Curio  
13 'In anger and fury I'll turn on the foe' 1:41
  Caesar, Chorus  
14 'They will kill him' 1:12
  Cleopatra  
   
  Act III  
  from Scene 1 An anchorage near Alexandria  
15 Symphony 0:43
16 'From the perils of the ocean' 2:06
17 'Zephyrs! Zephyrs, come to mine aid!' 6:35
  Caesar  
18 'Nirenus, the battle is fought and lost' 2:32
  Sextus, Achillas, Caesar, Curio  
19 'See in spate the high cataract storming' 4:33
  Caesar  
   
  Scene 3 (complete) The harbour of Alexandria  
20 Symphony 2:59
21 'Here, Curio and your legions' 2:27
  Nirenus, Caesar, Sextus, Cornelia, Cleopatra  
22 'Dearest!' 'Fairest!' 5:45
  Cleopatra, Caesar  
23 'Long, long may Egypt continue' 0:29
  Caesar  
24 'Proclaim we all great Caesar's glory' 0:52
  Chorus  
25 'A vow I give you' 0:57
  Caesar, Cleopatra  
26 'Proclaim we all great Caesar's glory' 0:55
  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 countertenor - Ptolemy
 John Tomlinson bass - Achillas
 David James countertenor - Nirenus
 Sir Charles Mackerras
  1-7 August 1984