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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.   Play with flash player Overture 00:07:43
2.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: 'Tis Dioclesian's natal day (Valens) 00:00:36
3.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Air: Go, my faithful soldier, go (Valens) 00:02:04
4.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Chorus: And draw a blessing down (Chorus of Heathens) 00:02:20
5.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: Vouchsafe, dread Sir (Didymus, Valens) 00:01:04
6.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Air: Racks, gibbets, sword and fire (Valens) 00:03:53
7.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Chorus: For ever thus stands fix'd the doom (Chorus of Heathens) 00:02:16
8.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Recitativo: Most cruel edict! (Didymus) 00:00:32
9.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Air: The raptur'd soul (Didymus) 00:07:54
10.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Recitativo: I know thy virtues, and ask not thy faith (Septimius) 00:00:50
11.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Air: Descend, kind Pity (Septimius) 00:07:30
12.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 3: Recitativo: Though hard, my friends (Theodora) 00:00:24
13.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 3: Air: Fond flatt'ring world, adieu! (Theodora) 00:04:02
14.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 3: Recitativo: Oh bright example of all goodness (Irene) 00:00:30
15.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 3: Air: Bane of virtue, nurse of passions (Irene) 00:05:14
16.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 3: Chorus: Come, mighty Father, mighty Lord (Chorus of Christians) 00:02:54
17.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 4: Recitativo: Fly, fly my brethren (Messenger, Irene) 00:01:03
18.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 4: Air: As With Rosy Steps (Irene) 00:05:27
19.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 4: Chorus: All pow'r in Heaven above, or earth beneath (Chorus of Christians) 00:02:19
20.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Mistaken wretches, why thus blind to fate (Septimius) 00:00:26
21.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 5: Air: Dread the fruits of Christian folly (Septimius) 00:03:04
22.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Deluded mortal! (Theodora, Septimius) 00:00:56
23.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 5: Accompagnato: Oh worse than death indeed! (Theodora) 00:00:24
24.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 5: Air: Angels, ever bright and fair (Theodora) 00:03:00
25.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 6: Recitativo: Unhappy, happy crew! (Didymus, Irene) 00:01:22
26.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 6: Accompagnato and Air: Kind Heaven, if virtue be thy care (Didymus) 00:05:04
27.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 6: Recitativo: Oh Love, how great thy pow'r! (Irene) 00:00:23
28.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Recitativo: Ye men of Antioch, with solemn pomp (Valens) 00:00:39
2.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Chorus: Queen of summer, queen of love (Chorus of Heathens) 00:00:56
3.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Air: Wide spread his Name (Valens) 00:02:25
4.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Recitativo: Return, Septimius, to the stubborn maid (Valens) 00:00:45
5.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Chorus: Venus laughing from the skies (Chorus of Heathens) 00:01:27
6.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Symphony 00:00:48
7.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Recitativo: O thou bright sun! How sweet thy rays (Theodora) 00:00:31
8.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Air: With darkness deep (Theodora) 00:03:01
9.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Symphony 00:01:31
10.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Recitativo: But why art thou disquieted, my soul (Theodora) 00:00:29
11.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Air: Oh that I on wings could rise (Theodora) 00:03:10
12.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 3: Recitativo: Long have I known thy friendly social soul (Didymus, Septimius) 00:01:21
13.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 3: Air: Though the honours, that Flora and Venus receive from the Romans (Septimius) 00:04:16
14.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 3: Recitativo: Oh save her then, or give me pow'r (Didymus, Septimius) 00:00:39
15.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 3: Air: Deeds of kindness to display, pity suing (Didymus) 00:04:59
16.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 4: Recitativo: The clouds begin to veil the hemisphere (Irene) 00:00:42
17.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 4: Air: Defend her Heaven! (Irene) 00:04:41
18.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Or lull'd with grief or rapt her soul to heaven (Didymus) 00:00:32
19.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 5: Air: Sweet Rose and Lily (Didymus) 00:02:33
20.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Oh save me, Heaven (Theodora, Didymus) 00:01:29
21.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 5: Air: The pilgrim's home (Theodora) 00:02:17
22.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 5: Accompagnato: Forbid it, Heaven! (Didymus) 00:00:54
23.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Or say, what right have I to take what just reflection (Didymus, Theodora) 00:01:09
24.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 5: Duet: To thee, thou glorious son of worth (Theodora, Didymus) 00:05:16
25.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 6: Recitativo: 'Tis night; but night's sweet blessing (Irene) 00:00:57
26.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 1: Air: Lord, to Thee each night and day (Irene) 00:04:50
2.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 2: Recitativo: But see, the good, the virtuous Didymus (Irene, Theodora) 00:00:41
3.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 2: Air: When sunk in anguish and despair (Theodora) 00:03:51
4.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 2: Chorus: Blest be the hand, and blest the pow'r (Theodora, Chorus of Christians) 00:03:06
5.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 3: Recitativo and Accompagnato: Undaunted in the court stands Didymus (Messenger, Irene, Theodora) 00:01:31
6.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 3: Duet: Whither, Princess, do you fly (Irene, Theodora) 00:01:33
7.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 3: Recitativo: She's gone, disdaining liberty and life (Irene) 00:00:34
8.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 3: Air: New scenes of joy (Irene) 00:03:32
9.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 5: Air: From virtue springs each gen'rous deed (Septimius) 00:04:43
11.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 5: Air: Cease, ye slaves, your fruitless pray'r (Valens) 00:01:19
12.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 5: Recitativo: 'Tis kind, my friends, but kinder still (Didymus, Theodora) 00:01:05
13.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 5: Chorus: How strange their ends (Chorus of Heathens) 00:02:50
14.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 5: Recitativo: On me your frowns your utmost rage exert (Didymus, Theodora, Valens) 00:00:38
15.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 5: Air: Ye ministers of justice, lead them hence (Valens) 00:01:28
16.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 6: Recitativo: And must such beauty suffer (Didymus, Theodora, Septimius) 00:00:55
17.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 6: Air and Duet: Streams of pleasure ever flowing (Didymus, Theodora) 00:04:54
18.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 7: Recitativo: Ere this their doom is past (Irene) 00:00:27
19.   Play with flash player 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

Release Date: 03/2012

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