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Handel: Hercules, HWV 60 / Martini, Wemyss, Sämann, Schoch, Kühn, Schneider, Junge Kantorei, Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra

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> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Sinfonia
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Recitative: Ye sons of Trachin, mourn your valiant chief (Lichas, First Trachinian)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Aria: O scene of unexampled woe (Lichas)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Recitative: O fatal jealousy (First Trachinian)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Tyrants now no more shall dread (Chorus)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Aria: O Jove, what land is this, what clime accurst (Hercules)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Recitative: Great Jove, relieve his pains! (Hyllus)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Accompagnato: Was it for this unnumber'd toils I bore? (Hercules, Hyllus)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Aria: Let not fame the tidings spread (Hyllus)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Accompagnato: Where shall I fly? Where hide this guilty head? (Dejanira)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Recitative: Lo! The fair fatal cause of all this ruin! (Dejanira, Iole)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Aria: My breast with tender pity swells (Iole)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Recitative - Accompagnato: Princess, rejoice, whose Heav'n-directed hand (Priest of Jupiter, Dejanira)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Aria: He, who for Atlas prop'd the sky (Lichas)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Recitative - Accompagnato: Words are too faint to speak the warring passions (Dejanira, Priest of Jupiter)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Recitative: How blest is Hyllus, if the lovely Iole (Hyllus, Iole)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Duet: Oh prince, whose virtues all admire (Iole, Hyllus)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: Recitative: Ye sons of freedom, now, in every clime (Priest of Jupiter)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act III: To him your grateful notes of praise belong (Chorus)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act II: Recitative: O, glorious pattern of heroic deeds! (Dejanira)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act II: Aria: Resign thy club and lion's spoils (Dejanira)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act II: Recitative: You are deceived! (Hercules, Dejanira)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act II: Aria: Cease, ruler of the day, to rise (Dejanira)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act II: Recitative: Some kinder pow'r inspire me to regain (Dejanira, Lichas)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act II: Aria: Constant lovers never roving (Lichas)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act II: Recitative: But see, the princess Iole. Retire! (Dejanira, Iole)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act II: Aria: Still caressing and caress'd (Iole)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act II: Duet: Joys of freedom, joys of pow'r (Dejanira, Iole)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act II: Recitative: Father of Hercules, great Jove, oh help (Dejanira)
> Hercules, HWV 60 - Act II: Love and Hymen, hand in hand (Chorus)

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules
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Notes & Reviews:

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 Iole, eventually mad with despair at the enormity of her misguided actions - is one of his most powerfully drawn female roles.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Hercules
  • Performers: Nicola Wemyss (Mezzo Soprano); Franz Vitzthum (Countertenor); Liselotte Kühn; Knut Schoch (Tenor); Peter Kooij; Frank Schneider; Gerlinde Sämann (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Joachim Martini
  • Notes: Composition written: 1744.
  • Running Time: 170 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744
  • Studio/Live: Live