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HANDEL, G.F.: Theodora [Oratorio] (Wieland, Schmid, Vitzthum, Schoch, Mertens, Junge Kantorei, Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra, J.C. Martini)

    

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HANDEL, G.F.: Theodora [Oratorio] (Wieland, Schmid, Vitzthum, Schoch, Mertens, Junge Kantorei, Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra, J.C. Martini)

Set in a time of ancient Rome’s persecution of the Christians, Handel’s late masterpiece Theodora tells of the tragic martyrdom of the heroine and her lover Didymus. The challenging nature of the libretto with its religious conflict, cruelty, self-sacrifice and brothel scene was discomforting for contemporary audiences, and despite Handel’s magnificent music the oratorio was his least successful. This is part of a series of Handel oratorios from Martini and Junge Kantorei.



Disc 1

Handel, George Frideric
Morell, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  Theodora, HWV 68
1.   Overture 00:07:43
2.   Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: 'Tis Dioclesian's natal day (Valens) 00:00:36
3.   Act I Scene 1: Air: Go, my faithful soldier, go (Valens) 00:02:04
4.   Act I Scene 1: Chorus: And draw a blessing down (Chorus of Heathens) 00:02:20
5.   Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: Vouchsafe, dread Sir (Didymus, Valens) 00:01:04
6.   Act I Scene 1: Air: Racks, gibbets, sword and fire (Valens) 00:03:53
7.   Act I Scene 1: Chorus: For ever thus stands fix'd the doom (Chorus of Heathens) 00:02:16
8.   Act I Scene 2: Recitativo: Most cruel edict! (Didymus) 00:00:32
9.   Act I Scene 2: Air: The raptur'd soul (Didymus) 00:07:54
10.   Act I Scene 2: Recitativo: I know thy virtues, and ask not thy faith (Septimius) 00:00:50
11.   Act I Scene 2: Air: Descend, kind Pity (Septimius) 00:07:30
12.   Act I Scene 3: Recitativo: Though hard, my friends (Theodora) 00:00:24
13.   Act I Scene 3: Air: Fond flatt'ring world, adieu! (Theodora) 00:04:02
14.   Act I Scene 3: Recitativo: Oh bright example of all goodness (Irene) 00:00:30
15.   Act I Scene 3: Air: Bane of virtue, nurse of passions (Irene) 00:05:14
16.   Act I Scene 3: Chorus: Come, mighty Father, mighty Lord (Chorus of Christians) 00:02:54
17.   Act I Scene 4: Recitativo: Fly, fly my brethren (Messenger, Irene) 00:01:03
18.   Act I Scene 4: Air: As With Rosy Steps (Irene) 00:05:27
19.   Act I Scene 4: Chorus: All pow'r in Heaven above, or earth beneath (Chorus of Christians) 00:02:19
20.   Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Mistaken wretches, why thus blind to fate (Septimius) 00:00:26
21.   Act I Scene 5: Air: Dread the fruits of Christian folly (Septimius) 00:03:04
22.   Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Deluded mortal! (Theodora, Septimius) 00:00:56
23.   Act I Scene 5: Accompagnato: Oh worse than death indeed! (Theodora) 00:00:24
24.   Act I Scene 5: Air: Angels, ever bright and fair (Theodora) 00:03:00
25.   Act I Scene 6: Recitativo: Unhappy, happy crew! (Didymus, Irene) 00:01:22
26.   Act I Scene 6: Accompagnato and Air: Kind Heaven, if virtue be thy care (Didymus) 00:05:04
27.   Act I Scene 6: Recitativo: Oh Love, how great thy pow'r! (Irene) 00:00:23
28.   Act I Scene 6: Chorus: Go, gen'rous pious youth! (Chorus of Christians) 00:04:21


Disc 2

Handel, George Frideric
Morell, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  Theodora, HWV 68
1.   Act II Scene 1: Recitativo: Ye men of Antioch, with solemn pomp (Valens) 00:00:39
2.   Act II Scene 1: Chorus: Queen of summer, queen of love (Chorus of Heathens) 00:00:56
3.   Act II Scene 1: Air: Wide spread his Name (Valens) 00:02:25
4.   Act II Scene 1: Recitativo: Return, Septimius, to the stubborn maid (Valens) 00:00:45
5.   Act II Scene 1: Chorus: Venus laughing from the skies (Chorus of Heathens) 00:01:27
6.   Act II Scene 2: Symphony 00:00:48
7.   Act II Scene 2: Recitativo: O thou bright sun! How sweet thy rays (Theodora) 00:00:31
8.   Act II Scene 2: Air: With darkness deep (Theodora) 00:03:01
9.   Act II Scene 2: Symphony 00:01:31
10.   Act II Scene 2: Recitativo: But why art thou disquieted, my soul (Theodora) 00:00:29
11.   Act II Scene 2: Air: Oh that I on wings could rise (Theodora) 00:03:10
12.   Act II Scene 3: Recitativo: Long have I known thy friendly social soul (Didymus, Septimius) 00:01:21
13.   Act II Scene 3: Air: Though the honours, that Flora and Venus receive from the Romans (Septimius) 00:04:16
14.   Act II Scene 3: Recitativo: Oh save her then, or give me pow'r (Didymus, Septimius) 00:00:39
15.   Act II Scene 3: Air: Deeds of kindness to display, pity suing (Didymus) 00:04:59
16.   Act II Scene 4: Recitativo: The clouds begin to veil the hemisphere (Irene) 00:00:42
17.   Act II Scene 4: Air: Defend her Heaven! (Irene) 00:04:41
18.   Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Or lull'd with grief or rapt her soul to heaven (Didymus) 00:00:32
19.   Act II Scene 5: Air: Sweet Rose and Lily (Didymus) 00:02:33
20.   Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Oh save me, Heaven (Theodora, Didymus) 00:01:29
21.   Act II Scene 5: Air: The pilgrim's home (Theodora) 00:02:17
22.   Act II Scene 5: Accompagnato: Forbid it, Heaven! (Didymus) 00:00:54
23.   Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Or say, what right have I to take what just reflection (Didymus, Theodora) 00:01:09
24.   Act II Scene 5: Duet: To thee, thou glorious son of worth (Theodora, Didymus) 00:05:16
25.   Act II Scene 6: Recitativo: 'Tis night; but night's sweet blessing (Irene) 00:00:57
26.   Act II Scene 6: Chorus: He saw the lovely youth, death's early prey (Chorus of Christians) 00:04:13


Disc 3

Handel, George Frideric
Morell, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  Theodora, HWV 68
1.   Act III Scene 1: Air: Lord, to Thee each night and day (Irene) 00:04:50
2.   Act III Scene 2: Recitativo: But see, the good, the virtuous Didymus (Irene, Theodora) 00:00:41
3.   Act III Scene 2: Air: When sunk in anguish and despair (Theodora) 00:03:51
4.   Act III Scene 2: Chorus: Blest be the hand, and blest the pow'r (Theodora, Chorus of Christians) 00:03:06
5.   Act III Scene 3: Recitativo and Accompagnato: Undaunted in the court stands Didymus (Messenger, Irene, Theodora) 00:01:31
6.   Act III Scene 3: Duet: Whither, Princess, do you fly (Irene, Theodora) 00:01:33
7.   Act III Scene 3: Recitativo: She's gone, disdaining liberty and life (Irene) 00:00:34
8.   Act III Scene 3: Air: New scenes of joy (Irene) 00:03:32
9.   Act III Scene 4: Recitativo: Is it a Christian virtue then (Valens, Didymus) - Scene 5: Be that my doom! (Theodora, Septimius) 00:02:14
10.   Act III Scene 5: Air: From virtue springs each gen'rous deed (Septimius) 00:04:43
11.   Act III Scene 5: Air: Cease, ye slaves, your fruitless pray'r (Valens) 00:01:19
12.   Act III Scene 5: Recitativo: 'Tis kind, my friends, but kinder still (Didymus, Theodora) 00:01:05
13.   Act III Scene 5: Chorus: How strange their ends (Chorus of Heathens) 00:02:50
14.   Act III Scene 5: Recitativo: On me your frowns your utmost rage exert (Didymus, Theodora, Valens) 00:00:38
15.   Act III Scene 5: Air: Ye ministers of justice, lead them hence (Valens) 00:01:28
16.   Act III Scene 6: Recitativo: And must such beauty suffer (Didymus, Theodora, Septimius) 00:00:55
17.   Act III Scene 6: Air and Duet: Streams of pleasure ever flowing (Didymus, Theodora) 00:04:54
18.   Act III Scene 7: Recitativo: Ere this their doom is past (Irene) 00:00:27
19.   Act III Scene 7: Chorus: Oh love devine, thou source of fame (Chorus of Christians) 00:02:27

Total Playing Time: 02:51:53






Composer(s):
Handel, George Frideric

Lyricist(s):
Morell, Thomas

Conductor(s):
Martini, Joachim Carlos

Orchestra(s):
Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra

Choir(s):
Junge Kantorei

Artist(s):
Mertens, Klaus; Schmid, Diana; Schoch, Knut; Vitzthum, Franz; Wieland, Christina

Label: Naxos

Genre: Choral - Sacred

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.572700-02

Barcode: 747313270071

Physical Release: 03/2012

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