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Handel: Semele

Rosemary Joshua (Semele), Hilary Summers (Juno/Ino), Richard Croft (Jupiter), Stephen Wallace (Athamas), Brindley Sherratt (Cadmus/Somnus) & Gail Pearson (Iris), David Croft (Apollo)

Early Opera Company (on period instruments), Christian Curnyn

In the title role, soprano Rosemary Joshua applies light and graceful tone and conveys Semele's wilful, pleasure-seeking nature. As her immortal lover Jupiter, tenor Richard Croft is equally... More…
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    January 2008
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Contents

 Excerpt, Handel: Semele

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No. 1, Ouverture

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Allegro - Adagio

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Gavotte

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act I Scene I

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No. 2, Behold! auspicious flashes rise! (Cadmus)

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No. 3, Lucky omens bless our rites (Chorus)

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No. 4, Daughter, obey (Cadmus)

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No. 5, Ah me! What refuge now is left me? (Semele)

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No. 6, The morning lark to mine accords his note ( Semele)

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No. 7, See, she blushing turns her eyes (Athamus)

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No. 8, Hymen, haste, thy torch prepare (Athamus)

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No. 9, Alas! she yields (Ino)

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No. 10, Why does thou thus untimely grieve (Cadmus)

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No. 11, Avert those omens, all ye pow'rs! (Chorus)

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No. 12, Again auspicious flashes rise (Cadmus)

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No. 13, Thy aid, pronubial Juno, Athamus implores (Athamus)

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No. 14, Cease, cease your vows, 'tis impious to proceed (Chorus)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act I Scene II

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No. 15, O Athamus, what torture hast thou borne! (Athamus)

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No. 16, Turn, hopeless lover, turn thy eyes (Ino)

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No. 17, She weeps! The gentle maid, in tender pity (Athamus)

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No. 18, Your tuneful voice my tale would tell (Athamus)

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No. 19, Too well I see (Ino)

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No. 20, You've undone me (Ino)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act I Scene III

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No. 21, Ah, wretched Prince, doom'd to disastrous love! (Cadmus)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act I Scene IV

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No. 22, Hail, Cadmus, hail! Jove salutes the Theban King (Chorus)

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No. 23, Endless pleasure, endless love (Semele)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act II

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No. 24, Sinfonia. Presto

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act II Scene I

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No. 25, Iris, impatient of thy stay (June)

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No. 26, There, from mortal cares retiring (Iris)

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No. 27, No more - I'll hear no more (Juno)

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No. 28, Hence, Iris, hence away (Juno)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act II Scene II

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No. 30, O sleep, why dost thou leave me? (Semele)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act II Scene III

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No. 31, Let me not another moment (Semele)

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No. 32, Lay your doubts and fears aside (Jupiter)

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No. 33, You are mortal, and require (Jupiter)

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No. 34, With fond desiring (Semele)

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No. 35, How engaging, how endearing (Chorus)

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No. 36, Ah me! (Semele)

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No. 37, I must with speed amuse her (Jupiter)

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No. 38, Now Love that everlasting boy invites (Chorus)

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No. 39, By my command' (Jupiter)

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No. 40, Where'er you walk, cool gales shall fan the glade (Jupiter)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act II Scene IV

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No. 41, Dear sister, how was your passage hither? (Semele)

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No. 42, But hark! the heav'nly sphere turns round (Ino)

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No. 43, Prepare then, ye immortal choir (Ino and Semele)

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No. 44, Bless the glad earth with heav'nly lays (Chorus)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act III

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No. 45, Sinfonia. Larghetto e piano per tutto

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene I

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No. 46, Somnus, awake (Juno)

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No. 47, Leave me, loathsome light (Somnus)

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No. 48, Dull God, canst thou attend the water's fall (Iris)

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No. 49, More sweet is that name (Somnus)

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No. 50, My will obey (Juno)

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No. 51, Obey my will, thy rod resign (Juno)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene II

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No. 52, My racking thoughts by no kind slumbers freed (Semele)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene III

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No. 53, Thus shap'd like Ino (Juno)

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No. 54, Myself I shall adore (Semele)

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No. 55, Be wise, as you are beautiful (Juno)

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No. 56, Thus let my tanks be paid (Semele)

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No. 57, Rich odours fill the fragrant air (Juno)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene IV

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No. 58, Come to my arms, my lovely fair (Jupiter)

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No. 59, O Semele (Jupiter)

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No. 60, I ever am granting (Semele)

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No. 61, Speak, speak your desire (Jupiter)

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No. 62, You'll grant what I require (Semele)

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No. 63, Then cast off this human shape which you wear (Semele)

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No. 64, Ah, take heed what you press (Jupiter)

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No. 65, No, no! I'll take no less (Semele)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene V

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No. 66, Ah! whither is she gone! unhappy fair! ( Jupiter)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene VI

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No. 67, Above measure (Juno)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene VII

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No. 68, Ah me! too late I now repent (Semele)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene VIII

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No. 69, Of my ill-boding dream (Ino)

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No. 70, O terror and astonishment! (Chorus)

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No. 71, How I was hence remov'd (Ino)

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No. 72, Despair no more shall wound me (Athamus)

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No. 73, See from above the bellying clouds descend (Cadmus)

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Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene IX

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No. 74, Sinfonia

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No. 75, Apollo comes to relieve your care (Apollo)

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No. 76, Happy, happy shall we be (All)

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