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HANDEL, G.: Semele [Oratorio] (Martini)

Handel’s oratorio Semele was composed in 1743 and tells of a beautiful mortal (Semele), whose short but spectacular love affair with Jupiter, King of the Gods, comes to a terrifying end in consequence of both her own vanity and the scheming of Jupiter’s insanely jealous wife Juno. Written at the peak of Handel’s powers, it is crammed with his most sparkling and dramatic music: spectacular orchestral numbers and powerful choruses combine with heart-stopping arias, including the popular Where’er you walk and the coloratura showpiece Myself I shall adore.



Disc 1

Handel, George Frideric
Congreve, William, lyricist(s)

  Semele, HWV 58
1.   Play with flash player Act I: Overture 00:05:11
2.   Play with flash player Act I: Gavotte 00:02:23
3.   Play with flash player Act I: Accompagnato: Behold! Auspicious flashes rise (Chief Priest) 00:01:26
4.   Play with flash player Act I: Lucky omens bless our rites (Chorus of Priests and Augurs) 00:03:37
5.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative and Arioso: Daughter, obey, Hear and obey! (Cadmus, Athamas) 00:01:04
6.   Play with flash player Act I: Accompagnato and Aria: Ah me! What refuge now is left me (Semele) 00:02:54
7.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: The morning lark to mine accords his note (Semele) 00:06:28
8.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: See, she blushing turns her eyes (Ino) 00:03:56
9.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: Alas! She yields, and has undone me! (Ino, Athamas, Semele) 00:00:58
10.   Play with flash player Act I: Quartet: Why dost thou thus untimely grieve (Cadmus, Ino, Athamas, Semele) 00:02:17
11.   Play with flash player Act I: Avert these omens, all ye pow'rs! (Chorus of Priests and Augurs) 00:02:15
12.   Play with flash player Act I: Accompagnato: Again auspicious flashes rise (Cadmus) 00:00:48
13.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: Thy aid, pronubial Juno, Athamas implores! (Athamas, Semele) 00:00:19
14.   Play with flash player Act I: Cease, cease your vows, 'tis impious to proceed (Chorus of Priests and Augurs) 00:00:40
15.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: O Athamas, what torture hast thou borne! (Athamas) 00:00:30
16.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: Turn, hopeless lover, turn thy eye (Ino) 00:08:42
17.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: She weeps! (Athamas) 00:00:27
18.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: Your tuneful voice my tale would tell (Athamas) 00:03:53
19.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: Too well I see, Thou wilt not understand me (Ino, Athamas) 00:00:57
20.   Play with flash player Act I: Duet: You've undone me (Ino, Athamas) 00:02:21
21.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative and Accompagnato: Ah, wretched prince, doom'd to disastrous love! (Cadmus, Athamas, Ino) 00:02:32
22.   Play with flash player Act I: Hail, Cadmus, hail! Jove salutes the Theban King (Chorus of Priests and Augurs) 00:01:58
23.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: Endless pleasure, endless love (Semele) 00:02:54
24.   Play with flash player Act I: Endless pleasure, endless love (Chorus of Love and Zephyrs) 00:01:46


Disc 2

Handel, George Frideric
Congreve, William, lyricist(s)

  Semele, HWV 58
1.   Play with flash player Act II: Symphony 00:01:49
2.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: Iris, impatient of thy stay (Juno, Iris) 00:01:05
3.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: There, from mortal cares retiring (Iris) 00:02:59
4.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative and Accompagnato: No more, I'll hear no more! (Juno, Iris) 00:02:26
5.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Hence, Iris, hence away! (Juno) 00:03:53
6.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Come, Zephyrs, come (Cupid) 00:06:03
7.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: O sleep, why dost thou leave me (Semele) 00:02:47
8.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: Let me not another moment bear the pangs of absence (Semele) 00:00:22
9.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Lay your doubts and fears aside (Jupiter) 00:03:07
10.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: You are mortal and require time to rest (Jupiter) 00:00:34
11.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: With fond desiring (Semele) 00:03:34
12.   Play with flash player Act II: How engaging, how endearing (Chorus of Loves and Zephyrs) 00:02:46
13.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: Ah me! (Semele, Jupiter) 00:01:36
14.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: I must with speed amuse her (Jupiter) 00:04:04
15.   Play with flash player Act II: Now Love, that everlasting boy (Chorus of Loves and Zephyrs) 00:02:32
16.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: By my command now (Jupiter, Semele) 00:01:33
17.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Where'er you walk (Jupiter) 00:03:28
18.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: Dear sister, how was your passage hither (Semele, Ino) 00:00:47
19.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: But hark! (Ino) 00:01:30
20.   Play with flash player Act II: Accompagnato and Arioso: Prepare then, ye immortal choir (Ino, Semele) 00:02:06
21.   Play with flash player Act II: Bless the glad earth with heav'nly lays (Chorus of Nymphs and Swains) 00:02:39


Disc 3

Handel, George Frideric
Congreve, William, lyricist(s)

  Semele, HWV 58
1.   Play with flash player Act III: Symphony 00:01:53
2.   Play with flash player Act III: Accompagnato: Somnus, awake! (Juno, Iris) 00:00:32
3.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: Leave me, loathsome light! (Somnus) 00:03:07
4.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: Dull God, canst thou attend the water's fall (Iris, Juno) 00:00:35
5.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: More sweet is that name (Somnus) 00:02:19
6.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: My will obey (Juno, Somnus) 00:01:26
7.   Play with flash player Act III: Duet: Obey my will (Juno, Somnus) 00:01:59
8.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: My racking thoughts by no kind slumbers freed (Semele) 00:03:15
9.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: Thus shap'd like Ino (Juno, Semele) 00:01:08
10.   Play with flash player Act III: Accompagnato: Behold in this mirror (Juno) 00:02:56
11.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: O ecstasy of happiness! (Semele) 00:00:13
12.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: Myself I shall adore (Semele) 00:06:47
13.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: Be wise, as you are beautiful (Juno, Semele) 00:00:30
14.   Play with flash player Act III: Accompagnato: Conjure him by his oath (Juno) 00:01:27
15.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: Thus let my thanks be pay'd (Semele) 00:02:18
16.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: Rich odours fill the fragrant air (Juno, Semele) 00:00:36
17.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: Come to my arms, my lovely fair (Jupiter) 00:03:02
18.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: O Semele! Why art thou thus insensible (Jupiter, Semele) 00:01:39
19.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: Speak, speak your desire (Jupiter, Semele) 00:01:20
20.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: Ah! Take heed what you press! (Jupiter) 00:01:16
21.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: No, no, I'll take no less (Semele) 00:05:28
22.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: Ah, whither is she gone! (Jupiter) 00:02:57
23.   Play with flash player Act III: Aria: Above measure is the pleasure (Juno) 00:02:40
24.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: Ah me! Too late I now repent (Semele) 00:03:02
25.   Play with flash player Act III: Recitative: Of my ill - boding dream (Ino) 00:00:18
26.   Play with flash player Act III: Chorus: Oh, terror and astonishment! (Chorus of Priests) 00:03:05
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