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Arne: Artaxerxes

Elizabeth Watts, Caitlin Hulcup, Rebecca Bottone, Christopher Ainslie, Daniel Norman, Andrew Staples, The Mozartists, Ian Page

Revisiting this exhilarating performance, it is little wonder that Haydn exclaimed he ‘had no idea we had such an opera in the English language’. More…

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Arne: Artaxerxes

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  • Caitlin Hulcup (mezzo-soprano), Christopher Ainslie (counter-tenor), Andrew Staples (tenor), Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Daniel Norman (tenor), Rebecca Bottone (soprano)
  • The Mozartists
  • Ian Page

Overture

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Recitative: “Still silence reigns around”

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No. 1, Duettino: “Fair Aurora, prithee stay”

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Recitative: “Alas, thou know’st that for my love to thee”

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No. 2, Air: “Adieu, thou lovely youth”

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Recitative: “O cruel parting! How can I survive?”

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No. 3, Air: “Amid a thousand racking woes”

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Recitative: “Be firm, my heart”

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No. 4, Air: “Behold, on Lethe’s dismal strand”

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Recitative: “Stay, Artaxerxes, stay”

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No. 5, Air: “Fair Semira, lovely maid”

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Recitative: “I fear some dread disaster”

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No. 6, Air: “When real joy we miss”

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Recitative: “Ye Gods, protectors of the Persian Empire”

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No. 7, Air: “How hard is the fate”

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Recitative: “Whither do I fly?”

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No. 8, Air: “Thy father! Away, I renounce the soft claim”

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Recitative: “Ye cruel Gods, what crime have I committed”

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No. 9, Air: “Acquit thee of this foul offence”

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Recitative: “Appearance, I must own, is strong against me”

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No. 10, Air: “O too lovely, too unkind”

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Accompanied recitative: “Dear and beloved shade”

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No. 11, Air: “Fly, soft ideas, fly”

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Recitative: “Guards, speed ye to the tower”

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No. 12, Air: “In infancy, our hopes and fears”

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Recitative: “So far my great resolve succeeds”

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No. 13, Air: “Disdainful you fly me” (Arbaces)

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Recitative: “Why, my dear friend, so pensive”

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No. 14, Air: “To sigh and complain”

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Recitative: “How many links to dire misfortune’s chain”

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No. 15, Air: “If o’er the cruel tyrant love”

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Recitative: “Which fatal evil shall I first oppose?”

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No. 16, Air: “If the river’s swelling waves”

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Recitative: “Ye solid pillars of the Persian Empire”

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No. 17, Air: “By that belov’d embrace”

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Recitative: “Ah me, at poor Arbaces’ parting”

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No. 18, Air: “Monster, away”

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Recitative: “See, lov’d Semira”

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Accompanied recitative: “At last my soul has room”

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No. 19, Air: “Thou, like the glorious sun”

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No. 20, Air: “Why is death for ever late”

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Recitative: “Arbaces! Gracious Heav’n”

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No. 21, Air: “Water parted from the sea”

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Recitative: “That face, secure in conscious innocence”

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No. 22, Air: “Though oft a cloud with envious shade”

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Recitative: “My son, Arbaces... where art thou retir’d?”

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No. 23, Air: “O let the danger of a son”

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Accompanied recitative: “Ye adverse Gods!”

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No. 24, Air: “O, much lov’d son, if death”

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Recitative: “Perhaps the King releas’d Arbaces”

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No. 25, Air: “Let not rage, thy bosom firing”

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Recitative: “What have I done? Alas, I vainly thought”

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No. 26, Air: “’Tis not true that in our grief”

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Recitative: “Nor here my searching eyes”

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No. 27, Duetto: “For thee I live, my dearest”

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Recitative: “To you, my people, much belov’d”

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No. 28, Air: “The soldier, tir’d of war’s alarms”

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Recitative: “Behold, my King, Arbaces at thy feet”

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No. 29, Finale: “Live to us, to Empire live”

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