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Handel: Esther

Rosemary Joshua, James Bowman, Susan Bickley, Christopher Purves, Rebecca Outram & Andrew Kennedy

London Handel Choir, Laurence Cummings

Lawrence Cummings emphasises the music's dramatic quality and generally paces it well… Rosemary Joshua in the title role sings the text as vividly as she does the notes. Christopher Purves... More…
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    January 2008
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Contents

Handel: Esther

Work length2:16:47
$57.00
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  • Rebecca Outram, Andrew Kennedy, Cecillia Osmond, Angus Smith, Christopher Purves, Susan Bickley, London Handel Orchestra & Choir, Rosemary Joshua, James Bowman
  • Laurence Cummings
  • Recorded: 23, 25 April 2002
  • Recording Venue: Live recording, St. George's Church, Hanover Square, London, United Kingdom

Overture

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Act I Scene 1: Breathe soft ye gales (Israelite Woman)

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Act I Scene 1: Watchful angels (Israelite Woman)

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Act I Scene 1: O King of kings, celestial Lord! (Esther)

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Act I Scene 1: Alleluia (Esther)

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Act I Scene 1: With transport, lovely queen (Mordecai)

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Act I Scene 1: So much beauty sweetly blooming (Mordecai)

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Act I Scene 1: Again shall Salem, to the skies (Mordecai)

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Act I Scene 1: My heart is inditing (Chorus)

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Act I Scene 1: King's daughter (Chorus)

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Act I Scene 1: Upon the right hand (Chorus)

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Act I Scene 1: Kings shall be thy nursing fathers (Chorus)

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Act I Scene 2: Let me with freedom thy petition know (Ahasuerus)

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Act I Scene 2: Endless fame (Ahasuerus)

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Act I Scene 3: 'Tis greater far to spare (Harbonah)

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Act I Scene 3: Pluck root and branch (Harman)

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Act I Scene 3: Our souls with ardour glow (Officer)

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Act I Scene 3: Shall we the God of Israel fear (Chorus)

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Act I Scene 4: Jerusalem no more shall mourn (First Israelite)

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Act I Scene 4: Tune your harps to cheerful strains (Israelite Woman)

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Act I Scene 4: Shall we of servitude complain (Second Israelite)

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Act I Scene 4: Praise the Lord with cheerful noise (Israelite Woman)

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Act I Scene 5: How have our sins provok'd the Lord! (Mordecai)

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Act I Scene 5: Ye sons of Israel, mourn (Chorus)

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Act I Scene 5: O Jordan, Jordan, sacred tide! (Mordecai)

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Act I Scene 5: Ye sons of Israel, mourn (Chorus)

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Act II Scene 1: Tyrants may awhile presume (Chorus)

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Act II Scene 2: Why sits that sorrow on thy brow? (Esther)

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Act II Scene 2: Dread not, righteous Queen (Modecai)

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Act II Scene 2: O heaven, protect her (Israelite Woman)

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Act II Scene 2: Duet: Blessings descend on downy wings (Israelite Woman, Mordecai)

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Act II Scene 2: I go, the pow'r of grief to prove (Esther)

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Act II Scene 2: Tears assist me, pity moving (Esther)

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Act II Scene 2: Save us, O Lord! (Chorus)

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Act II Scene 3: Who dares intrude into our presence (Ahasuerus)

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Act II Scene 3: Duet: Who calls my parting soul from death? (Esther, Ahasuerus)

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Act II Scene 3: O beauteous queen, unclose those eyes (Ahasuerus)

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Act II Scene 3: I find favour in thy sight (Esther)

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Act II Scene 3: How can I stay when love invites? (Esther)

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Act II Scene 4: With inward joy his visage glows (First Israelite)

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Act II Scene 4: Heav'n has lent her ev'ry charm (Israelite Woman)

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Act II Scene 4: The king will listen to the royal fair (First Israelite)

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Act II Scene 4: Blessed are they that fear the Lord (Chorus)

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Act III Scene 1: Jehovah crown'd with glory bright (Mordecai)

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Act III Scene 1: He comes! He comes to end our woes (Chorus)

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Act III Scene 2: Now O my queen, thy suit declare (Ahasuerus)

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Act III Scene 2: Turn not, O queen, thy face away (Haman)

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Act III Scene 2: Flatt'ring tongue, no more I hear thee (Esther)

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Act III Scene 2: Guards, seize the traitor (Ahasuerus)

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Act III Scene 2: Through the nation he shall be (Ahasuerus)

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Act III Scene 2: All applauding crowds, around (Chorus)

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Act III Scene 2: How art thou fall'n from thy height! (Haman)

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Act III Scene 2: Duet: I'll proclaim the wond'rous story (Esther, Israelite Woman)

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Act III Scene 3: The Lord our enemy has slain, Allelujah! (Chorus)

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