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Handel: Semele / Curnyn, Joshua, Summers, et al

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> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III: Sinfonia: Larghetto e piano per tutto
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 1: Somnus, awake! Ease thy reclining head! (Juno)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 1: Leave me, loathsome light (Somnus)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 1: Dull God, canst thou attend the water's fall (Iris)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 1: More sweet is that name (Somnus)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 1: My will obey (Juno)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 1: Obey my will, thy rod resign (Juno)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 2: My racking thoughts by no kind slumbers freed (Semele)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 3: Thus shap'd like Ino (Juno)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 3: Myself I shall adore (Semele)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 3: Be wise, as you are beautiful (Juno)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 3: Thus let my thanks be paid (Semele)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 3: Rich odours fill the fragrant air (Juno)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 4: Come to my arms, my lovely fair (Jupiter)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 4: O Semele (Jupiter)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 4: I ever am granting (Semele)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 4: Speak, speak your desire (Jupiter)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 4: You'll grant what I require (Semele)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 4: Then cast off this human shape which you wear (Semele)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 4: Ah, take heed what you press (Jupiter)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 4: No, no! I'll take no less (Semele)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 5: Ah! whither is she gone! unhappy fair! (Jupiter)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 6: Above measure (Juno)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 8: Oh, terror and astonishment! (Chorus)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 7: Ah me! too late I now repent (Semele)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 8: Of my ill-boding dream (Ino)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 8: How I was hence remov'd (Ino)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 8: Despair no more shall wound me (Athamus)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 8: See from above the bellying clouds descend (Cadmus)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 9: Sinfonia
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 9: Apollo comes, to relieve your care (Apollo)
> Semele, HWV 58 - Act III Scene 9: Happy, happy shall we be (All)

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This 3 CD set represents the first complete recording on period insruments of Handel's 'Semele'. Written at the peak of Handel's powers, and derisively described at its premiere by one critic as "no oratorio but a bawdy opera", this theatrical entertainment is crammed with Handel's most sparkling music: spectacular orchestral numbers and powerful choruses combine with heart-stopping arias, including the popular 'Where'er you walk'.

Gramophone Magazine
... Rosemary Joshua, radiant of tone, dazzling in coloratura, makes Semele far more than an over-sexed airhead. ... a clear first choice for an over-enticing work.

BBC Music Magazine
In the title role, soprano Rosemary Joshua applies light and graceful tone and conveys Semele's wilful, pleasure-seeking nature. As her immortal lover Jupiter, tenor Richard Croft is equally lucid and nimble. This is the first Semele... recorded complete with period instruments. But it's not enough to match John Nelson's vividly theatrical version on modern instruments.

Gramophone Magazine
A most satisfying and enjoyable account of Handel's sex-centred oratorio. Rosemary Joshua catches all of Semele's vanity, her sensuality and her ambition while still managing to make her likeable. If the rest of the cast is a notch below her lead, the whole thing has a wonderful freshness and vitality.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
  • Performers: Brindley Sherratt (Bass); Stephen Wallace (Countertenor); Rosemary Joshua (Soprano); Gail Pearson (Soprano); Richard Croft
  • Conductor: Christian Curnyn
  • Ensemble: Early Opera Company
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, England (04/16/2007-04/20/2007)
  • Running Time: 151 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743