GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)
   
 Esther 97:36  
  COMPACT DISC ONE  
1 Overture 7:00
  Andante - Larghetto - Allegro  
  Scene 1  
  Recitative  
2 ' 'Tis greater far to spare' 0:38
  Habdonah, Haman  
  Aria  
3 'Pluck root and branch from out the land' 1:56
  Haman  
  Recitative  
4 'Our souls with ardour glow' 0:08
  Persian Officer  
  Chorus  
5 'Shall we the God of Israel fear?' 1:38
  Scene 2  
  Recitative  
6 'Now persection shall lay by her iron rod' 0:17
  First Israelite  
  Aria  
7 'Tune your harps to cheerful strains' 3:53
  Chorus  
8 'Shall we of servitude complain' 1:20
  Aria  
9 'Praise the Lord with cheerful noise' 5:35
  Israelite Woman  
  Recitative  
10 'O God, who from the suckling's mouth' 0:20
  Israelite Women  
  Aria  
11 'Sing songs of praise, bow down the knee' 3:33
  Second Israelite  
  Chorus  
12 'Shall we of servitude complain' 1:17
  Scene 3  
  Recitative  
13 'How have our sins provoked the Lord!' 1:00
  Priest of the Israelites  
  Chorus  
14 'Ye sons of Israel mourn' 2:01
  Aria  
15 'O Jordan, Jordan, sacred tide' 6:48
  Priest of the Israelites  
  Chorus  
16 'Ye sons of Israel mourn' 2:07
 Oboe Sonata in G minor (HWV 404) 7:44  
17 Andante 2:20
18 Allegro 1:48
19 Adagio 1:08
20 Allegro 2:28
 Anthony Robson oboe
   
  COMPACT DISC TWO  
  Esther (continued)  
  Scene 4  
1 'Why sits that sorrow on thy brow?' 0:58
  Esther, Mordecai  
  Aria  
2 'Dreat not, righteous Queen, the danger' 4:10
  Mordecai  
  Recitative  
3 'I go before the King to stand' 0:15
  Esther  
  Aria  
4 'Tears assist me, pity moving' 2:59
  Esther  
  Chorus  
5 'Save us, O Lord' 0:58
  Scene 5  
  Recitative  
6 'Who dares intrude into our presence' 1:16
  Ahasuerus, Esther  
  Duet  
7 'Who calls my parting soul from death?' 2:30
  Esther, Ahasuerus  
  Aria  
8 'O beauteous Queen, unclose those eyes!' 6:43
  Ahasuerus  
  Recitative  
9 'If I find favour in thy sight' 0:20
  Esther  
  Aria  
10 'How can I stay when love invites?' 3:21
  Ahasuerus  
  Recitative  
11 'With inward joy his visage glows' 0:18
  Third Israelite, Fourth Israelite  
  Chorus  
12 'Virture, truth and innocence' 2:39
  Arioso  
13 'Jehovah, crown'd with glory bright' 1:33
  Priest of the Israelites  
  Chorus  
14 'He comes, he comes to end our woes' 4:00
  Scene 6  
  Recitative  
15 'Now, O Queen, they suit declare' 1:27
  Ahasuerus, Esther  
  Arioso  
16 'Turn not, O Queen, thy face away' 2:31
  Haman  
  Aria  
17 'Flatt'ring tongue, no more I hear thee!' 5:00
  Esther  
  Recitative  
18 'Guards, seize the traitor, bear him hence!' 0:35
  Ahasuerus  
  Aria  
19 'How art thou fall'n from thy height!' 5:05
  Haman  
  Chorus  
20 'The Lord our enemy has slain' 11:00
 Lynda Russell soprano - Esther
 Nancy Argenta soprano - Israelite Woman
 Michael Chance alto - Priest of the Israelites
 Thomas Randle tenor - Ahasuerus, Second Israelite
 Mark Padmore tenor - Mordecai,First Israelite
 Matthew Vine tenor - Officer, Fourth Israelite
 Simon Berridge tenor - Habdonah, Third Israelite
 Michael George bass - Haman
 Harry Christophers
  18-22 May 1995