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Handel: Theodora / Wieland, Schmid, Vitzthum, Schoch, Mertens

> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 1: Air: Lord, to Thee each night and day (Irene)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 2: Recitativo: But see, the good, the virtuous Didymus (Irene, Theodora)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 2: Air: When sunk in anguish and despair (Theodora)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 2: Chorus: Blest be the hand, and blest the pow'r (Theodora, Chorus of Christians)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 3: Recitativo and Accompagnato: Undaunted in the court stands Didymus (Messenger, Irene, Theodora)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 3: Duet: Wither, Princess, do you fly? (Irene, Theodora)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 3: Recitativo: She's gone, disdaining liberty and life (Irene)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 3: Air: New scenes of joy (Irene)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 4: Recitativo: Is it a Christian virtue then (Valens, Didymus) - Scene 5: Be that my doom! (Theodora, Septimius)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 5: Air: From virtue springs each gen'rous deed (Septimius)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 5: Air: Cease, ye slaves, your fruitless pray'r (Valens)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 5: Recitativo: 'Tis kind, my friends, but kinder still (Didymus, Theodora)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 5: Chorus: How strange their ends (Chorus of Heathens)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 5: Recitativo: On me your frowns your utmost rage exert (Didymus, Theodora, Valens)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 5: Air: Ye ministers of justice, lead them hence (Valens)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 6: Recitativo: And must such beauty suffer? (Didymus, Theodora, Septimius)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 6: Air and Duet: Streams of pleasure ever flowing (Didymus, Theodora)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 7: Recitativo: Ere this their doom is past (Irene)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act III Scene 7: Chorus: Oh love devine, thou source of fame (Chorus of Christians)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Oh save me, Heaven (Theodora, Didymus)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act II Scene 5: Aria: The pilgrim's home (Theodora)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act II Scene 5: Accompagnato: Forbid it, Heaven! (Didymus)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Or say, what right have I to take what just reflection (Didymus, Theodora)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act II Scene 5: Duet: To thee, thou glorious son of worth (Theodora, Didymus)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act II Scene 6: Recitativo: 'Tis night; but night's sweet blessing (Irene)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act II Scene 6: Chorus: He saw the lovely youth, death's early prey (Chorus of Christians)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act I Scene 6: Recitativo: Oh Love, how great thy pow'r! (Irene)
> Theodora, HWV 68 - Act I Scene 6: Chorus: Go, gen'rous pious youth! (Chorus of Christians)

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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. In 1968, with Fritz Eitel, the youth pastor of the Evangelical Church of Hesse and Nassau, Joachim Carlos Martini founded the Junge Kantorei, to the direction of which he has for some years chiefly devoted himself. At the same time he conducts the Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra, established together with friends. Both organizations have concentrated attention on the oratorios of Handel, with comprehensive performances of this repertoire.

David's Review Corner
He generally uses brisk tempos, even when voices are adding florid decoration, and obtains commendable playing from the period instruments of the Frankfurt Baroque. Without any unwanted sounds, it has the quality of a studio recording, the balance between voices and orchestra being exemplary.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
The chorus, placed more forward than usual, has a lovely but somewhat hazy homogeneity, with rather woolly diction. The period orchestra does well, and the opposition of second violins to firsts is deliciously captured. Martini's direction is intelligent and well grounded.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Basilika Kloster Eberbach, Eltville am Reim, Germany (05/23/2010).



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora
  • Conductor: Joachim Martini
  • Ensemble: Junge Kantorei
  • Running Time: 157 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749