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Marc Minkowski - Handel: Hercules (2002)

Classic | Author: SELMER | 7-06-2019, 17:08
Marc Minkowski - Handel: Hercules (2002)
Artist: Les Musiciens Du Louvre & Marc Minkowski
Title Of Album: Handel: Hercules
Year Of Release: 2002
Label: ARCHIV Produktion
Country: France
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 2:56:08
Full Size: 1.06 GB




Tracklist:

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)

Hercules, HWV 60
1-1 Overtura 4:32
1-2 Menuetto 2:02
1-3 Recitativo Accompagnato: See, With What Sad Dejection In Her Looks 2:01
1-4 Aria: No Longer, Fate, Relentless Frown 5:45
1-5 Recitativo Accompagnato: O Hercules! Why Art Thou Absent From Me? 0:50
1-6 Aria: The World, When Day's Career Is Run 4:30
1-7 Recitativo: Princess! Be Comforted, And Hope The Best...My Son! Dear Image Of Thy Absent Sire! 1:25
1-8 Aria: I Feel, I Feel The God, He Swells My Breast! 1:33
1-9 Recitativo: He Said, The Sacred Fury Left His Breast 0:58
1-10 Aria: There In Myrtle Shades Reclined 3:21
1-11 Recitativo: Despair Not; But Let Rising Hope Suspend 0:26
1-12 Aria: Where Congealed The Northern Streams 1:53
1-13 Chorus: O Filial Piety! O Gen'rous Love! 5:18
1-14 Recitativo: Banish Your Fears! 0:30
1-15 Aria: Begone, My Fears, Fly, Hence, Away! 3:26
1-16 Recitativo: A Train Of Captives, Red With Honest Wounds 0:54
1-17 Aria: The Smiling Hours, A Joyful Train 1:20
1-18 Chorus: Let None Despair, Relief May Come Though Late 2:25
1-19 March 1:49
1-20 Recitativo: Thanks To The Pow'rs Above, But Chief To Thee 1:27
1-21 Aria: My Father! Ah! Methinks I See 5:56
1-22 Recitativo: Now Farewell, Arms! 0:25
1-23 Aria: The God Of Battle Quits The Bloody Field 2:23
1-24 Recitativo: Ah Me! How Soon The Flatterer Hope 0:26
1-25 Aria: Daughter Of Gods, Bright Liberty! 5:55
1-26 Chorus: Crown With Festal Pomp The Day 2:28

2-1 Sinfonia 1:11
2-2 Recitativo: Why Was I Born A Princess 0:18
2-3 Aria: How Blest The Maid, Ordained To Dwell 5:56
2-4 Recitativo: It Must Be So! Fame Speaks Aloud My Wrongs 0:38
2-5 Aria: When Beauty Sorrow's Liv'ry Wears 2:47
2-6 Recitativo: Whence This Unjust Suspicion? 1:10
2-7 Aria: Ah! Think What Ills The Jealous Prove 5:52
2-8 Recitativo: It Is Too Sure That Hercules Is False/My Godlike Master? - Is A Traitor 0:19
2-9 Recitativo (cont.): In Vain You Strive His Falsehood To Disguise! 0:16
2-10 Chorus: Jealousy! Infernal Pest 5:17
2-11 Recitativo: She Knows My Passion, And Has Heard Me Breathe 1:45
2-12 Aria: Banish Love From Thy Breast 2:17
2-13 Recitativo: Forgive A Passion, Which Resistless Sways 0:10
2-14 Aria: From Celestial Seats Descending 5:36
2-15 Chorus: Wanton God Of Amorous Fires 2:03
2-16 Recitativo: Yes, I Congratulate Your Titles 0:44
2-17 Aria: Alcides' Name In Latest Story 4:47
2-18 Recitativo: O Glorious Pattern Of Heroic Deeds! 0:29
2-19 Aria: Resign Thy Club And Lion's Spoils 4:55
2-20 Recitativo: You Are Deceived! Some Villain Has Belied/Dissebling, False, Perfidious Hercules! 1:29
2-21 Aria: Cease, Ruler Of The Day, To Rise 3:49
2-22 Recitativo: Some Kinder Pow'r Inspire Me/Lichas, Thy Hands Shall To The Temple Bear 1:26
2-23 Aria: As Stars, That Rise And Disappear 3:54
2-24 Recitativo: But See, The Princess Iole, Retire!/Forgive Me, Princess If My Jealous Frenzy 1:15
2-25 Duet: Joys Of Freedom, Joys Of Pow'r 2:32
2-26 Recitativo: Father Of Hercules, Great Jove 0:17
2-27 Chorus: Love And Hymen, Hand In Hand 3:55

3-1 Sinfonia 3:53
3-2 Recitativo: Ye Sons Of Trachin, Mourn Your Valiant Chief 1:26
3-3 Aria: Oh Scene Of Unexampled Woe 3:06
3-4 Chorus: Tyrants Now No More Shall Dread 4:14
3-5 Recitativo Accompagnato: O Jove! What Land Is This 2:23
3-6 Recitativo: Great Jove! Relieve His Pains! 2:09
3-7 Aria: Let Not Fame The Tidings Spread 4:03
3-8 Recitativo Accompagnato: Where Shall I Fly? 6:13
3-9 Recitativo: Lo! The Fair, Fatal Cause Of All This Ruin! 1:16
3-10 Aria: My Breast With Tender Pity Swells 6:49
3-11 Recitativo: Princess, Rejoice! Whose Heav'n-directed Hand 1:46
3-12 Aria: He, Who For Atlas Prop'd The Sky 1:50
3-13 Recitativo: Words Are Too Faint To Speak The Warring Passions 1:06
3-14 Duet: O Prince, Whose Virtues All Admire 3:26
3-15 Recitativo: Ye Sons Of Freedom, Now, In Ev'ry Clime 0:17
3-16 Chorus: To Him Your Grateful Notes Of Praise Belong 2:35

This is an untouchably great performance of one of Handel's most interesting oratorios: its examination of jealousy is on a par with what can be found in Otello and Pell?as. There's drama galore--in fact, during its first run it was referred to as a "musical drama" (rather than an oratorio), and Handel and his librettist, Thomas Broughton, always referred to its "acts" rather than "parts", as sections of oratorios were commonly known.

The role of Hercules, a bass, is taken by Gidon Saks, who has a voice of flexibility and power. An Israeli who studied in England and Canada, his English diction is superb, and he paints a picture of a leader who is trying to keep his kingdom intact while dealing with his unstable wife, Dejanira. As his son, Hyllus, Richard Croft's tenor is amazingly agile, and he easily executes all of the runs and fiorature in his many arias. He also paints the text well, and we believe him whether he is declaring love for Iole or feeling grief for Hercules. Iole, the captive brought back from the wars by Hercules and who is the object of Dejanira's jealousy, is sung by Lynne Dawson at her absolute best--tonally pure, angry, fluent. David Daniels is remarkable in the small(ish) role of the Herald, Lichas (talk about luxury casting!).

But the star is Anne Sofie von Otter as Dejanira: the role is juicy beyond belief, her unrelenting jealousy and manipulation being superbly expressed. The huge mad scene, "Where shall I fly?", after Hercules goes up in flames because of her, is epic; here and throughout, Otter is animated, sincere, vocally impeccable, and totally committed. Marc Minkowski and his musicians are first rate, with tempos quick but never blurred and dramatic points artfully underlined. This set easily replaces one from the 1980s under John Eliot Gardiner--a German-language version (called "Herakles") that's good but not easy to find and not in a class with this one. This is a Rolls Royce of a show. Don't miss it. -- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com

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