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Handel: Belshazzar

Arleen Augér, Julia Gooding, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Nicolas Robertson, Nigel Short, Catherine Robbin, James Bowman, Richard Wistreich, David Wilson-Johnson

The English Concert Choir / The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

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Handel: Belshazzar

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  • David Wilson-Johnson (bass), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Arleen Auger (soprano), Julia Gooding (soprano), Richard Wistreich (bass), James Bowman (contralto), Catherine Robbin (contralto), Nicolas Robertson (tenor), Nigel Short (alto)
  • The English Concert, The English Concert Choir
  • Trevor Pinnock
  • Recorded: 1990-07-11
  • Recording Venue: Henry Wood Hall, London

Overture

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"Vain, fluctuating state of human empire"

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"Thou, God most high, and Thou alone"

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"The fate of Babylon, I fear, is nigh"

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"Lament not thus, oh Queen, in vain!"

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"Behold, by Persia's hero made"

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"Well may they laugh" / "Oh memory! Still bitter to my soul!"

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"Opprest with never-ceasing grief"

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"Dry those unavailing tears"

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"Be comforted: safe though the tyrant seem" / "Methought, as on the bank of deep Euphrates"

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"Now, tell me, Gobrias"

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"Behold the monstrous human beast"

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"Can you then think it strange"

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"Great God! who, yet but darkly known"

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"My friends, be confident"

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"All empires upon God depend"

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"Oh sacred oracles of Truth!"

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"Rejoice, my countrymen" / "Thus saith the Lord to Cyrus"

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"Sing, oh ye heav'ns!"

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"Let festal joy triumphant reign!"

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"For you, my friends"

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"The leafy honours of the field"

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"It is the custom, I may say, the law"

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"Recall, oh king! thy rash command"

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"They tell you true"

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"Oh dearer than my life, forebear!"

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"By slow degrees the wrath of God"

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"See, from his post Euphrates flies!"

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"You see, my friends, a path"

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"Amaz'd to find the foe so near"

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"To arms, to arms! no more delay!"

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"Ye tutelar gods of our empire"

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"Let the deep bowl thy praise confess"

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"Where is the God of Judah's boasted pow'r?"

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"Call all my Wise Men"

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A Sinfony

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"Ye sages! welcome always to your king" / "Alas! too hard a task the king imposes"

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"Oh misery! - oh terror! - hopeless grief!"

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"Oh king, live for ever!"

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"No! to thyself thy trifles be"

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"Yet, to obey his dread command"

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"Oh sentence too severe!" / "Regard, oh son, my flowing tears"

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"Oh God of Truth! oh faithful guide!"

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"You, Gobrias, lead directly to the palace"

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"Oh glorious prince!"

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"Alternate hopes and fears"

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"Fain would I hope"

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"Can the black Aethiop change his skin?"

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"My hopes revive"

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"Bel boweth down!"

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"I thank thee, Sesach"

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A Martial Symphony

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"To pow'r immortal my first thanks"

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"Be it thy care, good Gobrias" / "Destructive War, thy limits know"

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"Great victor, at your feet I bow"

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"Say, venerable prophet"

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"Tell it out among the heathen"

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"Yes, I will build thy city"

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"I will magnify thee"

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