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Laurence Cummings & London Handel Choir - Handel: Esther (2007)

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Laurence Cummings & London Handel Choir - Handel: Esther (2007)
Artist: Laurence Cummings / London Handel Choir
Title Of Album: Handel: Esther
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Somm Recordings
Country: UK
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 02:17:15
Full Size: 626 MB






Tracklist:

Disc 1:
01. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 1. Overture. Andante - Larghetto - Allegro
02. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 1. Breathe soft ye gales
03. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 1. Watchful Angels
04. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 1. O King of kings, celestial Lord!
05. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 1. Alleluia
06. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 1. With transport, lovely queen
07. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 1. So much beauty sweetly blooming
08. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 1. Again shall Salem, to the skies
09. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 1. My heart is inditing
10. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 1. Kings' daughters
11. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 1. Upon the right hand
12. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 1. Kings shall be thy nursing fathers
13. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 2. Let me with freedom thy petition know
14. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 2. Endless fame
15. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 3. 'Tis greater far to spare
16. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 3. Pluck root and branch
17. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 3. Our souls with ardour glow
18. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 3. Shall we the God of Israel fear?
19. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 4. Jerusalem no more shall mourn
20. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 4. Tune your harps to cheerful strains
21. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 4. Shall we of servitude complain
22. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 4. Praise the Lord with cheerful noise
23. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 5. How have our sins provok'd the Lord!
24. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 5. Ye sons of Israel, mourn
25. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 5. O Jordan, Jordan, sacred tide!
26. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 1. Scene 5. Ye sons of Israel, mourn

Disc 2:
01. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 1. Tyrants may awhile presume
02. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 2. Why sits that sorrow on thy brow?
03. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 2. Dread not, righteous queen
04. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 2. O heaven, protect her
05. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 2. Blessings descend on downy wings
06. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 2. I go, the pow'r of grief to prove
07. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 2. Tears assist me, pity moving
08. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 2. Save us, O Lord!
09. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 3. Who dares intrude into our presence
10. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 3. Who calls my parting soul from death?
11. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 3. O beauteous queen, unclose those eyes
12. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 3. If I find favour in thy sight
13. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 4. With inward joy his visage glows
14. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 4. Heav'n has lent her ev'ry charm
15. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 4. The king will listen to the royal fair
16. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 2. Scene 4. Blessed are all they that fear the Lord
17. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 3. Scene 1. Jehovah crown'd with glory bright
18. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 3. Scene 1. He comes! He comes to end our woes
19. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 3. Scene 2. Now O my queen, thy suit declare
20. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 3. Scene 2. Turn not, O queen, thy face away
21. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 3. Scene 2. Flatt'ring tongue, no more I hear thee
22. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 3. Scene 2. Through the nation he shall be
23. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 3. Scene 2. All applauding crowds, around
24. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 3. Scene 2. How art thou fall'n from thy height!
25. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 3. Scene 2. I'll proclaim the wond'rous story
26. Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b: Act 3. Scene 3. The Lord our enemy has slain, Allelujah!

This is a particularly welcome and important world-premiere recording. Handel composed Esther in about 1718?20 for James Brydges, the Earl of Carnarvon (and later Duke of Chandos), using a libretto that was anonymously adapted from Thomas Brereton’s English translation of a play by Racine. This slender work, containing only six scenes, lays a strong claim to being the first English oratorio, but Handel seems not to have considered performing it for a public audience until 1732, when the entrepreneurial composer thoroughly revised the score to fit his company of Italian opera singers (including Senesino, Strada and Montagnana, who all sang in English), and enlisted the aid of the writer Samuel Humphreys to expand the drama with additional scenes (which made the oratorio long enough to fill a theatre evening, advantageously fleshed out some of the characters a little bit, and also enhanced the musical attractiveness of the oratorio). This is the historic version of Esther that launched Handel’s oratorio career in London, but it has remained inexplicably neglected in modern times.

Laurence Cummings is one of our finest and most natural Handelian conductors. The Israelite Woman’s sensuous opening number “Breathe soft, ye gales” (featuring recorders, oboes, bassoons, harp, theorbo, five-part strings and organ) is neatly judged by the impressive London Handel Orchestra. The superb choir is enthusiastic and masterful, and the two inserted Coronation Anthems My heart is inditing and Zadok the Priest (the latter given a parody text) are both performed magnificently. James Bowman sounds a little fragile in the most extensive coloratura passages written for Senesino in “Endless fame”, and the part of Mordecai seems uncomfortably low for Susan Bickley (which is not helped by the dragging speed of “Dread not, righteous Queen, the danger”), but in general the soloists form a consistently solid team. Christopher Purves is marvellous as the scheming and bullying evil minister Haman, and is equally good at singing the pitiful and lyrical “Turn not, O Queen, thy face away” when the villain fears his deserved doom.

The all-round excellence of this live concert performance from Handel’s parish church, St George’s, Hanover Square, makes it an essential treat for Handelians. -- David Vickers, Gramophone [1/2008]

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