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 Offer,Handel: Theodora, HWV 68

Christina Wieland (Theodora), Diana Schmid (Irene), Franz Vitzthum (Didymus), Knut Schoch (Septimius), Mertens (Valens)

Junge Kantorei & Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra, Joachim Carlos Martini

Capable soloists provide some fine moments despite the awkwardness of their English vowels; Franz Vitzhum performs Didymus tastefully, Knut Schoch's singing is intelligent and Diana Schmid's... More…

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Handel: Theodora, HWV 68

Work length2:51:15
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  • Knut Schoch (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass-baritone), Franz Vitzthum (alto), Christina Wieland (soprano), Diana Schmid (mezzo-soprano)
  • Junge Kantorei, Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra
  • Joachim Carlos Martini
  • Recorded: 23 May 2010
  • Recording Venue: Basilika Kloster Eberbach, Eltville, Germany

Overture

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Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: 'Tis Dioclesian's natal day (Valens)

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Act I Scene 1: Air: Go, my faithful soldier, go (Valens)

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Act I Scene 1: Chorus: And draw a blessing down (Chorus of Heathens)

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Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: Vouchsafe, dread Sir (Didymus, Valens)

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Act I Scene 1: Air: Racks, gibbets, sword and fire (Valens)

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Act I Scene 1: Chorus: For ever thus stands fix'd the doom (Chorus of Heathens)

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Act I Scene 2: Recitativo: Most cruel edict! (Didymus)

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Act I Scene 2: Air: The raptur'd soul (Didymus)

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Act I Scene 2: Recitativo: I know thy virtues, and ask not thy faith (Septimius)

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Act I Scene 2: Air: Descend, kind Pity (Septimius)

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Act I Scene 3: Recitativo: Though hard, my friends (Theodora)

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Act I Scene 3: Air: Fond flatt'ring world, adieu! (Theodora)

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Act I Scene 3: Recitativo: Oh bright example of all goodness (Irene)

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Act I Scene 3: Aria: Bane of virtue, nurse of passions (Irene)

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Act I Scene 3: Chorus: Come, mighty Father, mighty Lord (Chorus of Christians)

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Act I Scene 4: Recitativo: Fly, fly my brethren (Messenger, Irene)

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Act I Scene 4: Air: As With Rosy Steps (Irene)

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Act I Scene 4: Chorus: All pow'r in Heaven above, or earth beneath (Chorus of Christians)

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Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Mistaken wretches, why thus blind to fate (Septimius)

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Act I Scene 5: Air: Dread the fruits of Christian folly (Septimius)

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Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Deluded mortal! (Theodora, Septimius)

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Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Oh worse than death indeed! (Theodora)

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Act I Scene 5: Air: Angels, ever bright and fair (Theodora)

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Act I Scene 6: Recitativo: Unhappy, happy crew! (Didymus, Irene)

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Act I Scene 6: Accompagnato and Air: Kind Heaven, if virtue be thy care (Didymus)

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Act I Scene 6: Recitativo: Oh Love, how great thy pow'r! (Irene)

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Act I Scene 6: Chorus: Go, gen'rous pious youth! (Chorus of Christians)

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Act II Scene 1: Recitativo: Ye men of Antioch, with solemn pomp (Valens)

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Act II Scene 1: Chorus: Queen of summer, queen of love (Chorus of Heathens)

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Act II Scene 1: Air: Wide spread his Name (Valens)

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Act II Scene 1: Recitativo: Return, Septimius, to the stubborn maid (Valens)

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Act II Scene 1: Chorus: Venus laughing from the skies (Chorus of Heathens)

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Act II Scene 2: Symphony

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Act II Scene 2: Recitative: O thou bright sun! How sweet thy rays (Theodora)

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Act II Scene 2: Air: With darkness deep (Theodora)

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Act II Scene 2: Symphony

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Act II Scene 2: Recitativo: But why art thou disquieted, my soul? (Theodora)

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Act II Scene 2: Air: Oh that I on wings could rise (Theodora)

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Act II Scene 3: Recitativo: Long have I known thy friendly social soul. (Didymus, Septimius)

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Act II Scene 3: Air: Though the honours, that Flora and Venus receive from the Romans (Septimius)

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Act II Scene 3: Recitativo: Oh save her then, or give me pow'r (Didymus, Septimius)

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Act II Scene 3: Air: Deeds of kindness to display, pity suing (Didymus)

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Act II Scene 4: Recitativo: The clouds begin to veil the hemisphere (Irene)

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Act II Scene 4: Aria: Defend her Heaven! (Irene)

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Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Or lull'd with grief or rapt her soul to heaven (Didymus)

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Act II Scene 5: Air: Sweet Rose and Lilly (Didymus)

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Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Oh save me, Heaven (Theodora, Didymus)

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Act II Scene 5: Aria: The pilgrim's home (Theodora)

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Act II Scene 5: Accompagnato: Forbid it, Heaven! (Didymus)

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Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Or say, what right have I to take what just reflection (Didymus, Theodora)

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Act II Scene 5: Duet: To thee, thou glorious son of worth (Theodora, Didymus)

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Act II Scene 6: Recitativo: 'Tis night; but night's sweet blessing (Irene)

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Act II Scene 6: Chorus: He saw the lovely youth, death's early prey (Chorus of Christians)

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Act III Scene 1: Air: Lord, to Thee each night and day (Irene)

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Act III Scene 2: Recitativo: But see, the good, the virtuous Didymus (Irene, Theodora)

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Act III Scene 2: Air: When sunk in anguish and despair (Theodora)

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Act III Scene 2: Chorus: Blest be the hand, and blest the pow'r (Theodora, Chorus of Christians)

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Act III Scene 3: Recitativo and Accompagnato: Undaunted in the court stands Didymus (Messenger, Irene, Theodora)

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Act III Scene 3: Duet: Wither, Princess, do you fly? (Irene, Theodora)

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Act III Scene 3: Recitativo: She's gone, disdaining liberty and life (Irene)

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Act III Scene 3: Air: New scenes of joy (Irene)

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Act III Scene 4: Recitativo: Is it a Christian virtue then (Valens, Didymus) - Scene 5: Be that my doom! (Theodora, Septimius)

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Act III Scene 5: Air: From virtue springs each gen'rous deed (Septimius)

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Act III Scene 5: Air: Cease, ye slaves, your fruitless pray'r (Valens)

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Act III Scene 5: Recitativo: 'Tis kind, my friends, but kinder still (Didymus, Theodora)

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Act III Scene 5: Chorus: How strange their ends (Chorus of Heathens)

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Act III Scene 5: Recitativo: On me your frowns your utmost rage exert (Didymus, Theodora, Valens)

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Act III Scene 5: Air: Ye ministers of justice, lead them hence (Valens)

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Act III Scene 6: Recitativo: And must such beauty suffer? (Didymus, Theodora, Septimius)

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Act III Scene 6: Air and Duet: Streams of pleasure ever flowing (Didymus, Theodora)

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Act III Scene 7: Recitativo: Ere this their doom is past (Irene)

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Act III Scene 7: Chorus: Oh love devine, thou source of fame (Chorus of Christians)

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