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HANDEL: Hercules

Handel composed Hercules for his 1744-45 oratorio season as the secular foil to one of his most ambitious sacred dramas, Belshazzar, hoping to repeat the success of the previous season’s Samson/Semele pairing. Like Semele, Hercules, which Handel called ‘A Musical Drama’, is an English opera in all but name and shares its theme of the destructive power of sexual jealousy. Handel’s music is of outstanding quality and the commanding figure of Dejanira – rapturous in her love for her returning hero, distraught at his imagined dalliance with Iöle, eventually mad with despair at the enormity of her misguided actions – is one of his most powerfully drawn female rôles.



Disc 1

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

  Hercules, HWV 60
1.   Play with flash player Act I: Overture 00:04:12
2.   Play with flash player Act I: Menuetto 00:02:10
3.   Play with flash player Act I: Accompagnato: See, with what sad dejection in her looks (Lichas) 00:01:30
4.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: No longer, fate, relentless frown (Lichas) 00:05:36
5.   Play with flash player Act I: Accompagnato: O, Hercules, why art thou absent from me (Dejanira) 00:00:42
6.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: The world, when day's career is run (Dejanira) 00:03:17
7.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: Princess! Be comforted, and hope the best! (Lichas, Dejanira, Hyllus) 00:01:44
8.   Play with flash player Act I: Arioso: I feel, I feel the god, he swells my breast (Hyllus) 00:01:38
9.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: He said the sacred fury left his breast (Hyllus, Dejanira) 00:00:54
10.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: There, in myrtle shades reclin'd (Dejanira) 00:02:21
11.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: Despair not, but let rising hope suspend (Hyllus) 00:00:40
12.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: Where congeal'd the northern streams (Hyllus) 00:02:03
13.   Play with flash player Act I: O filial piety, O gen'rous love! (Chorus) 00:05:17
14.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: Banish your fears! The noble Hercules lives (Lichas, Dejanira) 00:00:31
15.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: Begone, my fears, fly hence, away (Dejanira) 00:03:30
16.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: A train of captives, red with honest wounds (Lichas, Hyllus, Dejanira) 00:01:03
17.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: The smiling hours of joyful train (Lichas) 00:04:09
18.   Play with flash player Act I: Let none despair; relief may come though late (Chorus) 00:02:43
19.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: Ye faithful followers of the wretched Iole (Iole, First Oechalian) 00:01:27
20.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: Daughter of Gods, bright liberty! (Iole) 00:08:45
21.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: But hark! The victor comes! (Iole) 00:00:08
22.   Play with flash player Act I: March 00:01:47
23.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: Thanks to the pow'rs above (Hercules, Iole) 00:01:43
24.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: My father! Ah, methinks I see (Iole) 00:05:21
25.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: Now farewell, arms! From hence, the tide of time (Hercules) 00:00:28
26.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: The God of battle quits the bloody field (Hercules) 00:02:50
27.   Play with flash player Act I: Crown with festal pomp the day (Chorus) 00:03:01


Disc 2

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

  Hercules, HWV 60
1.   Play with flash player Act II: Sinfonia 00:01:21
2.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: Why was I born a princess, rais'd on high (Iole) 00:00:23
3.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: How blest the maid ordained to dwell (Iole) 00:05:25
4.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: It must be so! Fame speaks aloud my wrongs (Dejanira, Iole) 00:01:33
5.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: When beauty sorrow's liv'ry wears (Dejanira) 00:03:17
6.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: Whence this unjust suspicion (Iole, Dejanira) 00:01:16
7.   Play with flash player Act II: Ah, think what ills the jealous prove! (Iole) 00:06:00
8.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: It is too sure that Hercules is false (Dejanira) 00:00:06
9.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: My godlike master (Lichas, Dejanira) 00:00:16
10.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: As stars, that rise and disappear (Lichas) 00:05:06
11.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: In vain you strive his falsehood to disguise (Dejanira, Lichas) 00:00:16
12.   Play with flash player Act II: Jealousy! Infernal pest (Chorus) 00:04:23
13.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: She knows my passion, and has heard me breathe (Hyllus, Iole) 00:02:30
14.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Banish love from thy breast (Iole) 00:05:00
15.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: Forgive a passion, which resistless sways (Hyllus) 00:00:14
16.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: From celestial seats descending (Hyllus) 00:04:44
17.   Play with flash player Act II: Wanton god of amorous fires (Chorus) 00:02:19
18.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: Yes, I congratulate your titles (Dejanira, Hercules) 00:00:41
19.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Alcides' name in latest story (Hercules) 00:04:32
20.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: O, glorious pattern of heroic deeds! (Dejanira) 00:00:29
21.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Resign thy club and lion's spoils (Dejanira) 00:04:48
22.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: You are deceived! (Hercules, Dejanira) 00:01:22
23.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Cease, ruler of the day, to rise (Dejanira) 00:02:40
24.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: Some kinder pow'r inspire me to regain (Dejanira, Lichas) 00:01:18
25.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Constant lovers never roving (Lichas) 00:02:02
26.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: But see, the princess Iole. Retire! (Dejanira, Iole) 00:01:26
27.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Still caressing and caress'd (Iole) 00:02:11
28.   Play with flash player Act II: Duet: Joys of freedom, joys of pow'r (Dejanira, Iole) 00:03:00
29.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: Father of Hercules, great Jove, oh help (Dejanira) 00:00:17
30.   Play with flash player Act II: Love and Hymen, hand in hand (Chorus) 00:04:28


Disc 3

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

  Hercules, HWV 60
1.   Play with flash player Act III: Sinfonia 00:03:05
2.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: Ye sons of Trachin, mourn your valiant chief (Lichas, First Trachinian) 00:01:40
3.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: O scene of unexampled woe (Lichas) 00:02:52
4.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: O fatal jealousy (First Trachinian) 00:00:17
5.   Play with flash player Act III: Tyrants now no more shall dread (Chorus) 00:03:04
6.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: O Jove, what land is this, what clime accurst (Hercules) 00:02:26
7.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: Great Jove, relieve his pains! (Hyllus) 00:00:07
8.   Play with flash player Act III: Accompagnato: Was it for this unnumber'd toils I bore (Hercules, Hyllus) 00:02:06
9.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: Let not fame the tidings spread (Hyllus) 00:04:36
10.   Play with flash player Act III: Accompagnato: Where shall I fly Where hide this guilty head (Dejanira) 00:06:00
11.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: Lo! The fair fatal cause of all this ruin! (Dejanira, Iole) 00:01:14
12.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: My breast with tender pity swells (Iole) 00:07:01
13.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative - Accompagnato: Princess, rejoice, whose Heav'n - directed hand (Priest of Jupiter, Dejanira) 00:01:55
14.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: He, who for Atlas prop'd the sky (Lichas) 00:02:05
15.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative - Accompagnato: Words are too faint to speak the warring passions (Dejanira, Priest of Jupiter) 00:00:48
16.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: How blest is Hyllus, if the lovely Iole (Hyllus, Iole) 00:00:21
17.   Play with flash player Act III: Duet: Oh prince, whose virtues all admire (Iole, Hyllus) 00:03:29
18.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: Ye sons of freedom, now, in every clime (Priest of Jupiter) 00:00:20
19.   Play with flash player Act III: To him your grateful notes of praise belong (Chorus) 00:03:34

Total Playing Time: 03:09:53






Composer(s):
Handel, George Frideric

Lyricist(s):
Broughton, Thomas

Conductor(s):
Martini, Joachim Carlos

Orchestra(s):
Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra

Choir(s):
Junge Kantorei

Artist(s):
Kooij, Peter; Kuhn, Liselotte; Saemann, Gerlinde; Schneider, Franz; Schoch, Knut; Vitzthum, Franz; Wemyss, Nicola

Label: Naxos

Genre: Opera

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.557960-62

Barcode: 0747313296026

Release Date: 05/2008

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