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Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63

Ryland Davies, Felicity Palmer, Janet Baker, John Shirley-Quirk, Christopher Keyte, Paul Esswood

English Chamber Orchestra, Wandsworth School Choir, Sir Charles Mackerras

Mackerras's sparkling 1976 performance...is irresistable...Hearing even so hackneyed a number as 'See the conqu'ring hero' in its true scale is a delightful surprise.

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Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63

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  • John Shirley-Quirk (bass), Ryland Davies (tenor), Paul Esswood (counter-tenor), Christopher Keyte (bass), Dame Janet Baker (contralto), Felicity Palmer (soprano), Russell Burgess (chorus master)
  • English Chamber Orchestra, Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir
  • Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Recorded: 1976-04
  • Recording Venue: Watford Town Hall, London

Overture

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2. Chorus: "Mourn, ye afflicted children"

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3. Recit.: "Well, may our sorrows, brethren, flow"

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4. Duet: "From this dread scene"

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5. Chorus: "For Sion lamentation make"

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6. Recit.: "Not vain is all the storm of grief"

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7. Aria: "Pious orgies, pious airs"

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8. Chorus: "Oh Father, whose Almighty pow'r"

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9. Recit.: "I feel, I fee the Deity within"

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10. Aria: "Arm, arm, ye brave!"

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11. Chorus: "We come, we come, in bright array"

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12. Recit.: "'Tis well, my friends"

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13. Aria: "Call forth thy pow'rs, my soul"

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14. Recit.: "To Heav'n's Almighty king we kneel"

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15. Aria: "Oh liberty, thou choicest treasure"

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16. Aria: "Come, ever-smiling liberty"

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17. Recit.: "Oh Judas, may these noble views inspire"

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18. Aria: "'Tis liberty, dear liberty alone"

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19. Duet: "Come, ever-smiling liberty"

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20. Chorus: "Lead on, lead on! Judah disdains"

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21. Recit.: "So will'd my father, now a rest"

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22. Semi-chorus: "Disdainfull of danger"

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23. Recit.: "Ambition! if e'er honour was thine aim"

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24. Aria: "No unhallow'd desire"

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25. Recit.: "Haste we, my brethren"

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26. Chorus: "Hear us Lord, on thee we call"

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27. Chorus: "Fall'n is the foe"

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28. Recit.: "Victorious hero! Fame shall tell"

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29. Aria: "So rapid thy course is"

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30. Recit.: "Well, may we hope our freedom to receive"

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31. / 32. Duet and Chorus:"Sion now her head shall rise"

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33. Recit.: "Oh let eternal honours crown his name"

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34. Aria: "From mighty kings he took the spoil"

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35. / 36. Duet and Chorus: "Hail, hail, Judea, happy land!"

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37. Recit.: "Thanks to my brethren, but look up to Heav'n"

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38. Aria: "How vain is man, who boasts in fight"

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39. Recit.: "Oh Judas, oh my brethren!"

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40. / 41. Aria and chorus: "Ah! wretched, wretched Israel!"

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42. Recit.: "Be comforted"

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43. Aria: "The Lord worketh wonders"

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44. Recit.:"My arms! - against this Gorgias will I go"

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45. Aria: "Sound an alarm!" 46. Chorus: "We hear, we hear the pleasing dreadful sound"

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47. Recit.: "Enough!" To Heav'n we leave the rest"

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48. Aria: "With pious hearts, and brave as pious"

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49. Recit.: "Ye worshippers of God"

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50. Aria: "Wise men, flatt'ring, may deceive us"

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51. Duet: "Oh! never, never bow we down" - 52. Chorus: We never, never will bow down

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53. Aria: "Father of Heav'n! from Thy eternal throne"

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54. Recit.: "See, see yon flames"

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55. Recit.: "Oh grant it, Heav'n"

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56. Aria: "So shall the lute and harp awake"

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57. Recit.: "From Capharsalama, on eagle wings I fly"

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58. "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes!..See, The Godlike Youth Advance!...See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes!"

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59. March

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60. Chorus: "Sing unto God"

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61. Recit.: " Sweet flow the strains"

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62. Aria: "With honour let desert be crown'd"

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63. Recit: "Peace to my countrymen"

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64. Chorus:"To our great God be all the honours giv'n"

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65. Recit.: "Again to earth let gratitude descend"

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66. Aria, Duett:"Oh Lovely Peace, With Plenty Crown'd"

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67. Aria: "Rejoice, oh Judah! and in songs devine"

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68. Chorus: "Hallelujah! Amen!"

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