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

Audio Samples

  1. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 1: Air: Go, My Faithful Soldier, Go (Valens) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 1: Chorus: And Draw a Blessing Down (Chorus of Heathens) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 1: Recitativo: Vouchsafe, Dread Sir (Didymus, Valens) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 1: Air: Racks, Gibbets, Sword and Fire (Valens) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 2: Recitativo: Most Cruel Edict! (Didymus) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 2: Recitativo: I Know Thy Virtues, and Ask Not Thy Faith (Septimius) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 2: Air: Descend, Kind Pity (Septimius) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 3: Recitativo: Though Hard, My Friends (Theodora) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 3: Recitativo: Oh Bright Example of All Goodness (Irene) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 3: Aria: Bane of Virtue, Nurse of Passions (Irene) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 3: Chorus: Come, Mighty Father, Mighty Lord (Chorus of Christians) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 4: Recitativo: Fly, Fly My Brethren (Messenger: Irene) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 4: Air: As With Rosy Steps (Irene) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 5: Recitativo: Mistaken Wretches, Why Thus Blind to Fate (Septimius) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 5: Air: Dread the Fruits of Christian Folly (Septimius) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 5: Recitativo: Deluded Mortal! (Theodora, Septimius) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 5: Recitativo: Oh Worse Than Death Indeed! (Theodora) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 5: Air: Angels, Ever Bright and Fair (Theodora) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 6: Recitativo: Unhappy, Happy Crew! (Didymus: Irene) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act I, Scene 6: Accompagnato and Air: Kind Heaven: If Virtue Be Thy Care (Didymus) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 1: Recitativo: Ye Men of Antioch, With Solemn Pomp (Valens) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 1: Chorus: Queen of Summer, Queen of Love (Chorus of Heathens) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 1: Air: Wide Spread His Name (Valens) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 1: Recitativo: Return, Septimius, to the Stubborn Maid (Valens) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 1: Chorus: Venus Laughing from the Skies (Chorus of Heathens) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 2: Symphony $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 2: Recitative: O Thou Bright Sun! How Sweet Thy Rays (Theodora) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 2: Air: With Darkness Deep (Theodora) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 2: Symphony $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 2: Recitativo: But Why Art Thou Disquieted, My Soul? (Theodora) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 2: Air: Oh That I On Wings Could Rise (Theodora) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 3: Recitativo: Long Have I Known Thy Friendly Social Soul. (Didymus, Septimius) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 3: Air: Though the Honours, That Flora and Venus Receive from the Romans (Septimius) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 3: Air: Deeds of Kindness to Display, Pity Suing (Didymus) $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 4: Recitativo: The Clouds Begin to Veil the Hemisphere (Irene) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 4: Aria: Defend Her Heaven! (Irene) $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 5: Air: Sweet Rose and Lilly (Didymus) $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 5: Recitativo: Oh Save Me, Heaven (Theodora, Didymus) $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Handel — Theodora, HWV 68, Act II, Scene 5: Accompagnato: Forbid It, Heaven! (Didymus) $0.99 on iTunes

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