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 Offer,Arne: Artaxerxes

Christopher Ainslie (Artaxerxes), Elizabeth Watts (Mandane), Caitlin Hulcup (Arbaces), Andrew Staples (Artabanes), Rebecca Bottone (Semira) & Daniel Norman (Rimenes)

Classical Opera, Ian Page (director)

The very fine cast enters with spirit into the text's convoluted scenario of love and betrayal in ancient Persia and delivering [sic] the notes with assurance. Ian Page conducts the period-instrument... More…
  • Presto Recording of the Week
    24th January 2011
  • BBC Music Magazine
    March 2011
    Opera Choice
  • Opera
    May 2011
    Recording of the Month

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Contents

Arne: Artaxerxes

2:17:15
  • Orchestra of Classical Opera
  • Ian Page
  • Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Caitlin Hulcup (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), Christopher Ainslie (counter-tenor), Rebecca Bottone (soprano), Daniel Norman (tenor)
  • Recorded: 18-21 November 2009 and 2 April 2010
  • Recording Venue: Air Studios, London, United Kingdom

Overture

5:13

Act I: Recitative. Still Silence Reigns Around

0:29

Act I: Duet. Fair Aurora, Prithee Stay

2:16
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Act I: Recitative. Alas, Thou Know'st That for My Love to Thee

1:13

Act I: Air. Adieu, Thou Lovely Youth

3:21

Act I: Recitative. O Cruel Parting! How Can I Survive?

0:57

Act I: Air. Amid a Thousand Racking Woes

4:38

Act I: Recitative. Be Firm, My Heart

1:26

Act I: Air. Behold, on Lethe's Dismal Strand

3:36

Act I: Recitative. Stay, Artaxerxes, Stay

0:29

Act I: Air. Fair Semira, Lovely Maid

3:26

Act I: Recitative. I Fear Some Dread Disaster

1:29

Act I: Air. When Real Joys We Miss

1:59

Act I: Recitative. Ye Gods, Protectors of the Persian Empire

0:36

Act I: Air. How Hard Is the Fate

4:01

Act I: Recitative. Whither Do I Fly?

3:23

Act I: Air. Thy Father! Away, I Renounce the Soft Claim

1:23

Act I: Recitative. Ye Cruel Gods, What Crime Have I Committed

0:14

Act I: Air. Acquit Thee of This Foul Offence

1:27

Act I: Recitative. Appearance, I Must Own, Is Strong Against Me

0:48

Act I: Air. O Too Lovely, Too Unkind

4:24

Act I: Accompanied Recitative. Dear and Beloved Shade

0:48

Act I: Air. Fly, Soft Ideas, Fly

5:03

Act II: Recitative. Guards, Speed Ye to the Tower

0:37

Act II: Air. In Infancy, Our Hopes and Fears

2:12

Act II: Recitative. So Far My Great Resolve Succeeds

1:28

Act II: Air. Disdainful You Fly Me

2:46

Act II: Recitative. Why, My Dear Friend, So Pensive, So Inactive?

2:05

Act II: Air. To Sigh and Complain

1:51

Act II: Recitative. How Many Links to Dire Misfortune's Chain

1:12

Act II: Air. If o'er the Cruel Tyrant Love

3:00

Act II: Recitative. Which Fatal Evil Shall I First Oppose?

0:31

Act II: Air. If the River's Swelling Waves

2:34

Act II: Recitative. Ye Solid Pillars of the Persian Empire

5:00

Act II: Air. By That Belov'd Embrace

3:31

Act II: Recitative. Ah Me, at Poor Arbaces' Parting

0:46

Act II: Air. Monster, Away

2:36

Act II: Recitative. See, Lov'd Semira

1:02

Act II: Accompanied Recitative. At Last My Soul Has Room

0:37

Act II: Air. Thou, Like the Glorious Sun

5:02

Act III: Air. Why Is Death For Ever Late

2:57

Act III: Recitative. Arbaces! Gracious Heav'n, What's This I See?

1:13

Act III: Air. Water Parted from the Sea

2:19

Act III: Recitative. That Face, Secure in Conscious Innocence

0:25

Act III: Air. Though Oft a Cloud with Envious Shade

3:38

Act III: Recitative. My Son, Arbaces... Where Art Thou Retir'd?

1:52

Act III: Air. O Let the Danger of a Son

2:15

Act III: Accompanied Recitative. Ye Adverse Gods!

0:41

Act III: Air. O, Much Lov'd Son, If Death

5:15

Act III: Recitative. Perhaps the King Releas'd Arbaces

1:34

Act III: Air. Let Not Rage, Thy Bosom Firing

4:24

Act III: Recitative. What Have I Done? Alas, I Vainly Thought

0:24

Act III: Air. 'Tis Not True That in Our Grief

4:08

Act III: Recitative. Nor Here My Searching Eyes Can Find Mandane

1:20

Act III: Duet. For Thee I Live, My Dearest

3:37

Act III: Recitative. To You, My People, Much Belov'd

2:20

Act III: Air. The Soldier, Tir'd of War's Alarms

3:33

Act III: Recitative. Behold, My King, Arbaces at Thy Feet

2:25

Act III: Finale. Live to Us, to Empire Live

3:26
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