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Handel: Belshazzar / Allan Clayton, Rosemary Joshua, Caitlin Hulcup, Iestyn Davies; Jonathan Lemalu. William Christie, Les Arts Florissants

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  1. Handel — Belshazzar: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — Belshazzar: Accompagnato ed Arioso « Vain Fluctuating State of Human Empire! » $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — Belshazzar: Aria « Thou, God Most High, and Thou Alone » $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — Belshazzar: Air « Lament Not Thus, O Queen, in Vain! » $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — Belshazzar: Recitative « Well May They Laugh, from Meagre Famine Safe » - Accompagnato « Oh Memory » $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — Belshazzar: Aria « Opprest With Never Ceasing Grief » $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — Belshazzar: Aria « Dry Those Unavailing Tears » $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — Belshazzar: Aria « Behold the Monstrous Human Beast » $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — Belshazzar: Chorus « All Empires Upon God Depend » $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — Belshazzar: Accompagnato « Rejoice, My Countrymen: the Time Draws Near » - Recitative « For Long Ago » - Accompagnato « Thus Saith the Lord $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — Belshazzar: Aria « Let Festal Joy Triumphant Reign » - Recitative « For You, My Friends, the Nobles of My Court » $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — Belshazzar: Aria « The Leafy Honours of the Field » $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — Belshazzar: Recitative « It Is the Custom; I May Say, the Law »  $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel — Belshazzar: Chorus of Jews « Recall, O King, Thy Rash Command » $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — Belshazzar: Recitative « They Tell You True; Nor Can You Be to Learn » $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — Belshazzar: Duet « O Dearer Than My Life, Forbear » $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — Belshazzar: Chorus of Jews « By Slow Degrees the Wrath of God to Its Meridian Height Ascends » $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel — Belshazzar: Chorus « Ye Tutelar Gods of Our Empire, Look Down » $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel — Belshazzar: Aria « Let the Deep Bowl Thy Praise Confess » $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel — Belshazzar: Symphony $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel — Belshazzar: Recitative « Ye Sages, Welcome Always to Your King » - Trio « Alas! Too Hard a Task the King Imposes » - Chorus « O Misery! O Terror! $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel — Belshazzar: Recitative « O King, Live for Ever! » - Aria « No: to Thyself Thy Trifles Be » $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel — Belshazzar: Accompagnato « Yet to Obey His Dread Command » « Thou, O King, Hast Lifted Up Thyself » - Recitative « O Sentence Too Severe! an $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Handel — Belshazzar: Aria « Regard, O Son, My Flowing Tears » $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Handel — Belshazzar: Aria « O God of Truth! O Faithful Guide! » - Recitative « You, Gobrias, Lead Directly to the Palace » $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Handel — Belshazzar: Chorus « O Glorious Prince! Thrice Happy They » $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Handel — Belshazzar: Aria « Alternate Hopes and Fears Distract My Mind » - Recitative « Fain Would I Hope. Is There Not Room to Hope? » $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Handel — Belshazzar: Aria « Can the Black Æthiop Change His Skin? » Recitative « My Hopes Revive, Here Arioch Comes: By This » $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Handel — Belshazzar: Chorus of Jews « Bel Boweth Down! Nebo Stoopeth! » $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Handel — Belshazzar: Aria « Destructive War Thy Limits Know » $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Handel — Belshazzar: Duett « Great Victor, At Your Feet I Bow » - Recitative « Say, Venerable Prophet, Is There Ought » $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Handel — Belshazzar: Soli and Chorus « Tell It Out Among the Heathen, That the Lord Is King. » $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Handel — Belshazzar: Accompagnato « Yes, I Will Build Thy City, God of Israel » $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Handel — Belshazzar: Anthem « I Will Magnify Thee, O God My King, » $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The brand-new label from one of the world's finest early music ensembles makes an auspicious début with this stunning new recording of Handel's oratorio Belshazzar. Les Arts Florissants, led by the great William Christie, have launched their new label with the goal of expanding the ensemble's connection to the listening public. First performed in 1745, Belshazzar was frequently revised. Christie has chosen what he considers to be the most successful of the various versions, resulting in the restoration of the piece in all its splendor. This deluxe set also includes a bonus essay by Jean Echenoz entitled In Babylon, printed separately on special paper and included alongside the regular booklet. This specially commissioned work draws the reader deep into the ancient, majestic city, the seat of power of Belshazzar the King.

Opera News
The music-making that takes place under Christie's baton could hardly be bettered...

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
One of the most important elements of this recording: not only the conducting of William Christie, but this release as the launching of his organization's own record label. It's an auspicious launching, by and large. Christie is delighted to welcome into this performance a lot of past and present participants in his important training program, and they do sing and play lustily. I often find Christie's leadership, especially in Handel, more devoted to steady flow than dramatic highlighting. No one will be disappointed in Christie's new recording, which I admit I did enjoy. This debut release is handsomely packaged in a slipcase. The holder for the discs is the newest bit of wild imagination I have seen in such things. The main booklet contains full text and some careful essays.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Conservatoire Maurice Ravel, Levallois-Perret (12/19/2012-12/21/2012).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Notes: Conservatoire Maurice Ravel, Levallois-Perret (12/19/2012-12/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 140 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744