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HANDEL, G.F.: Alexander's Feast [Ode] (Samann, Schoch, Mertens, Junge Kantorei, Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra, Martini)

    
      

 

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HANDEL, G.F.: Alexander's Feast [Ode] (Samann, Schoch, Mertens, Junge Kantorei, Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra, Martini)

First performed in London in 1736 to an admiring audience of 1,300 people, and enjoying considerable success thereafter, Handel’s setting of John Dryden’s 1697 poem Alexander’s Feast evokes the power of music to stir the soul to acts of love and war, revenge and revels. This splendid oratorio, set at Alexander the Great’s victory celebrations for his conquest of Persia, culminates in an apotheosis to ‘divine Cecilia’, the patron saint of music whom Handel also praises in his Ode for St Cecilia’s Day of 1739 (Naxos 8.554752).


Handel, George Frideric
Dryden, John / Hamilton, Newburgh, lyricist(s)

  Alexander's Feast, HWV 75
1.   Play with flash player Part 1: Overture 00:05:32
2.   Play with flash player Part 1: Recitative: 'Twas at the royal feast (Tenor) 00:00:56
3.   Play with flash player Part I: Air: Happy, happy, happy pair (Tenor, Chorus) 00:04:16
4.   Play with flash player Part I: Recitative: Timotheus, plac'd on high (Tenor) 00:01:40
5.   Play with flash player Part 1: Accompagnato: The song began from Jove (Soprano) 00:00:52
6.   Play with flash player Part 1: The list'ning Crowd (Chorus) 00:02:24
7.   Play with flash player Part 1: Air: With ravish'd ears (Soprano) 00:03:01
8.   Play with flash player Part 1: Recitative: The praise of Bacchus (Tenor) 00:00:37
9.   Play with flash player Part 1: Air and Chorus: Bacchus, ever fair and young (Bass and Chorus) 00:04:40
10.   Play with flash player Part 1: Recitative: Sooth'd with the sound (Tenor) 00:00:38
11.   Play with flash player Part 1: Accompagnato: He chose a mournful muse (Soprano) 00:00:59
12.   Play with flash player Part 1: Air: He sung Darius great and good (Soprano) 00:02:17
13.   Play with flash player Part 1: Accompagnato: With downcast looks (Soprano) 00:00:51
14.   Play with flash player Part 1: Behold Darius great and good (Chorus) 00:02:15
15.   Play with flash player Part 1: Recitative: The mighty master smil'd to see (Tenor) 00:00:31
16.   Play with flash player Part 1: Air: Softly sweet (Soprano) 00:02:24
17.   Play with flash player Part 1: Air: War, he sung, is toil and trouble (Soprano) 00:04:33
18.   Play with flash player Part 1: The many rend the skies (Chorus) 00:04:00
19.   Play with flash player Part 1: Air: The Prince, unable to conceal his pain (Soprano) 00:05:28
20.   Play with flash player Part 1: The many rend the skies (Chorus) 00:04:03
21.   Play with flash player Part 2: Accompagnato and Chorus: Now strike the golden lyre (Tenor and Chorus) 00:02:30
22.   Play with flash player Part 2: Air: Revenge, revenge, Timotheus cries (Bass) 00:07:39
23.   Play with flash player Part 2: Accompagnato: Give the vengeance due (Tenor) 00:01:28
24.   Play with flash player Part 2: Air: The princes applaud with a furious joy (Tenor) 00:02:02
25.   Play with flash player Part 2: Air and Chorus: Thais led the way (Soprano and Chorus) 00:04:59
26.   Play with flash player Part 2: Accompagnato and Chorus: Thus, long ago (Tenor) 00:05:02
27.   Play with flash player Part 2: Recitative: Let old Timotheus yield the prize (Tenor and Bass) 00:00:23
28.   Play with flash player Part 2: Let old Timotheus yield the prize (Chorus) 00:03:50

Total Playing Time: 01:19:50






Composer(s):
Handel, George Frideric

Lyricist(s):
Dryden, John; Hamilton, Newburgh

Conductor(s):
Martini, Joachim Carlos

Orchestra(s):
Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra

Choir(s):
Junge Kantorei

Artist(s):
Mertens, Klaus; Saemann, Gerlinde; Schoch, Knut

Label: Naxos

Genre: Choral - Secular

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.572224

Barcode: 747313222476

Release Date: 02/2010

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