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Handel: Semele / Martini, Scholl, Schmidt, Popken


Release Date: 07/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570431-33   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Elisabeth SchollAnnette MarkertKlaus MertensRalf Popken,   ... 
Conductor:  Joachim Carlos Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Baroque OrchestraFrankfurt Junge Kantorei
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Handel’s oratorio Semele was composed in 1743 and tells of a beautiful mortal (Semele), whose short but spectacular love affair with Jupiter, King of the Gods, comes to a terrifying end in consequence of both her own vanity and the scheming of Jupiter’s insanely jealous wife Juno. Written at the peak of Handel’s powers, it is crammed with his most sparkling and dramatic music: spectacular orchestral numbers and powerful choruses combine with heart-stopping arias, including the popular Where’er you walk and the coloratura showpiece Myself I shall adore. Handel’s oratorio Semele was composed in 1743 and tells of a beautiful mortal (Semele), whose short but spectacular love affair with Jupiter, King of the Gods, comes to a terrifying end in consequence of both her own vanity and the scheming of Jupiter’s insanely jealous wife Juno. Written at the peak of Handel’s powers, it is crammed with his most sparkling and dramatic music: spectacular orchestral numbers and powerful choruses combine with heart-stopping arias, including the popular Where’er you walk and the coloratura showpiece Myself I shall adore. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Semele, HWV 58 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Elisabeth Scholl (Soprano), Annette Markert (Alto), Klaus Mertens (Bass),
Ralf Popken (Countertenor), Julie Schmidt (Soprano), Knut Schoch (Tenor),
Britta Schwarz (Alto)
Conductor:  Joachim Carlos Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra,  Frankfurt Junge Kantorei
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; London, England 

Sound Samples

Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Overture
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Gavotte
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Accompagnato: Behold! Auspicious flashes rise (Chief Priest)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Lucky omens bless our rites (Chorus of Priests and Augurs)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Recitative and Arioso: Daughter, obey, Hear and obey! (Cadmus, Athamas)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Accompagnato and Aria: Ah me! What refuge now is left me? (Semele)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Aria: The morning lark to mine accords his note (Semele)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Aria: See, she blushing turns her eyes (Ino)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Quartet: Why dost thou thus untimely grieve (Cadmus, Ino, Athamas, Semele)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Avert these omens, all ye pow'rs! (Chorus of Priests and Augurs)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Aria: Turn, hopeless lover, turn thy eye (Ino)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Aria: Your tuneful voice my tale would tell (Athamas)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Duet: You've undone me (Ino, Athamas)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Recitative and Accompagnato: Ah, wretched prince, doom'd to disastrous love! (Cadmus, Athamas, Ino)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Hail, Cadmus, hail! Jove salutes the Theban King (Chorus of Priests and Augurs)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Aria: Endless pleasure, endless love (Semele)
Semele, HWV 58: Act I: Endless pleasure, endless love (Chorus of Love and Zephyrs)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Symphony
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Recitative: Iris, impatient of thy stay (Juno, Iris)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Aria: There, from mortal cares retiring (Iris)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Recitative and Accompagnato: No more, I'll hear no more! (Juno, Iris)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Aria: Hence, Iris, hence away! (Juno)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Aria: Come, Zephyrs, come (Cupid)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Aria: O sleep, why dost thou leave me? (Semele)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Aria: Lay your doubts and fears aside (Jupiter)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Aria: With fond desiring (Semele)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: How engaging, how endearing (Chorus of Loves and Zephyrs)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Recitative: Ah me! (Semele, Jupiter)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Aria: I must with speed amuse her (Jupiter)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Now Love, that everlasting boy (Chorus of Loves and Zephyrs)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Recitative: By my command now (Jupiter, Semele)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Aria: Where'er you walk (Jupiter)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Aria: But hark! (Ino)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Accompagnato and Arioso: Prepare then, ye immortal choir (Ino, Semele)
Semele, HWV 58: Act II: Bless the glad earth with heav'nly lays (Chorus of Nymphs and Swains)

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