Paul Esswood

Biography

Born: June 6, 1942; West Bridgeford, England  
Before the emergence of David Daniels as a countertenor superstar, Paul Esswood alone offered a rounded, settled, womanly sound spun around a firm, even vibrato. He quickly made his way among conductors who appreciated both his conscientious musicianship and beautiful sound. His now-legendary series of Bach recordings made with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in the 1970s still gives much pleasure even though Baroque-period performing styles have evolved Read more since then. Esswood trained at the Royal Academy of Music from 1961, studying under baritone Gordon Clinton. Beginning in 1964, he was a lay vicar at Westminster Abbey, remaining in that position until 1971. During that same period, several significant debuts took place; his first professional performance took place in a 1965 broadcast of the Messiah with conductor Charles Mackerras (with whom he later recorded the work) and in 1968, he made his stage debut in Cavalli's Erismena in Berkeley, CA. The following year, he made his European opera debut singing the title role in Scarlatti's Il Tigrane at Basle. His fluency and command in Baroque operas quickly led to other performances in stage works by Monteverdi, Scarlatti, and Handel. During 1971 alone, he appeared in all three of Monteverdi's best-known operas, essaying Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria in Vienna, Orfeo at the Salzburg Festival, and L'Incoronazione di Poppea in Amsterdam. During the 1976-1977 season at Zurich, Esswood repeated the Monteverdi works in a cycle of productions directed by Jean Ponnelle with Harnoncourt conducting, which was subsequently recorded and filmed for worldwide broadcast. Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki's Paradise Lost featured Esswood in the role of Death at both its 1978 premiere in Chicago and at La Scala the following season. In 1984, Esswood created the title role in Philip Glass' Akhnaten at Stuttgart (another role of his subsequently released on recording) and in 1988, he sang Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Cologne. At Karlsruhe's 1990 Handel Festival, he performed the title role in Admeto and sang Riccardo Primo during the 1991 English Bach Festival at Covent Garden. A later premiere found Esswood creating the role of Seff in Herbert Willi's Schlafes Bruder in Zürich and repeating the role in a second production at Innsbruck. In addition to opera, Esswood has been active as a recitalist and concert singer. On both the concert stage and at many of the world's leading festivals, he has performed works spanning several centuries, including the period of Romanticism, and works from modern times. In addition to Penderecki's Paradise Lost, Esswood also sang the premiere of his Magnificat. Two premieres of works by Alfred Schnittke featured performances by Esswood: the Faust Cantata and the Symphony No. 2 "St. Florian," the latter yet another example of his work now available on disc. During a long career, Esswood has participated in more than 150 recordings, including no fewer than four of Handel's Messiah. His Bach series for Teldec includes the complete cantatas, while his solo recordings engage the music of Purcell, Schumann, and Britten with many others in between. Since 1985, Esswood has been a professor of Baroque vocal studies at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1967, he co-founded the Pro Cantione Antiqua. Read less

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Born: June 6, 1942; West Bridgeford, England  
Before the emergence of David Daniels as a countertenor superstar, Paul Esswood alone offered a rounded, settled, womanly sound spun around a firm, even vibrato. He quickly made his way among conductors who appreciated both his conscientious musicianship and beautiful sound. His now-legendary series of Bach recordings made with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in the 1970s still gives much pleasure even though Baroque-period performing styles have evolved Read more
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Handel : Belshazzar : Overture to Act 1
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Vain, fluctuating state" [Nitocris]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Thou, God most high" [Nitocris]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "The fate of Babylon" [Nitocris] "Oh much belov'd" [Nitocris, Daniel]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Lament not thus" [Daniel]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Behold, by Persia's hero made" [Chorus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Well may they laugh" [Gobrias, Cyrus] "Oh memory!" [Gobrias]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Oppress'd with never-ceasing grief" [Gobrias]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Dry those anavailing tears" [Cyrus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Be comforted" [Cyrus] "Methought, as on the bank" [Cyrus] "Now tell me, Gobrias" [Cyrus, Gobrias]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Behold the monstrous human beast" [Gobrias]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Can you then think" "Great God! who, yet but darkly known" "My friends, be confident" [Cyrus]
Handel : Belshazzar HWV61 : Act 1 "All empires" [Chorus]
Handel : Belshazzar HWV61 : Act 1 "Oh sacred oracles" [Daniel]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Rejoice, my countrymen" "For long ago" "Thus saith the Lord" [Daniel]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Sing, oh ye heav'ns!" [Chorus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Let festal joy" [Belshazzar]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "For you, my friends" [Belshazzar, Nitocris]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "The leafy honours" [Nitocris]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "It is the custom" [Belshazzar, Nitocris]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Recall, oh king!" [Chorus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "They tell you true" [Nitocris, Belshazzar]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Oh dearer than my life" [Nitocris, Belshazzar]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "By slow degrees" [Chorus]
Handel : Belshazzar HWV61 : Act 2 "See from his post" "Why, faithless river" "Euphrates hath his task" "Of things on earth" [Chorus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "You see, my friends" "Amaz'd to find the foe so near" [Cyrus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "To arms, to arms!" [Chorus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Ye tutelar gods" [Chorus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Let the deep bowl" [Belshazzar] "Where is the God" [Chorus] "Help, help the king!" [Chorus, Belshazzar] "Call all my wise men" [Belshazzar]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Ye sages!" [Belshazzar] "Alas! too hard a task" [Chorus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Oh misery!" [Chorus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Oh king" [Nitocris] "Art thou that Daniel" [Belshazzar]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "No! to thyself" [Daniel] "Yet to obey" [Daniel] "Though, o king" [Daniel] "Oh sentence too severe!" [Nitocris]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Regard, oh son" [Nitocris]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Oh God of Truth!" "You, Gobrias, lead directly to the palace" [Cyrus]
Handel : Belshazzar HWV61 : Act 2 "Oh glorious prince!" [Chorus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Alternate hopes and fears" [Nitocris]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Fain would I hope" [Nitocris, Daniel] "Can the black Aethiop change his skin?" [Daniel]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "My hopes revive" [Nitocris, Arioch, Messenger]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Bel boweth down" [Chorus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "I thank thee, Sesach" [Belshazzar] A Marital Symphony
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "To pow'r immortal" [Gobrias]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Be it thy care" "Destructive War" [Cyrus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Great Victor" [Nitocris, Cyrus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Say, venerable prophet" [Cyrus, Daniel]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Tell it out" [Chorus] "Yes, I will build the city" [Cyrus]
Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "I will magnify thee" [Chorus, Belshazzar, Nitocris, Cyrus, Daniel, Gobrias, Arioch, Messenger]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Overture - Menuet
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "It must be so - or these vile Ammonites" "Pour forth no more unheeded pray'rs" [Zebul]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "No more to Ammon's god and king" [Chorus]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "But Jephtha comes" [Zebul, Jephtha] "Virtue my soul shall still embrace" [Jephtha]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "'Twill be a painful separation, Jephtha" "In gentle murmurs will I mourn" [Storgè]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Happy this embassy, my charming Iphis" "Dull delay, in piercing anguish" [Hamor]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Ill suits the voice of love when glory calls" "Take the heart you fondly gave" [Iphis]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "I go; my soul, inspir'd by thy command" [Hamor] "These labours past, how happy we!" [Iphis]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "What mean these doubtful fancies" "If, Lord, susain'd" "'Tis said" [Jephtha]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "O God, behold our sore distress" [Chorus]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Some dire event hangs o'er our heads" "Scenes of horror, scenes of woe" [Storgè]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Say, my dear mother" [Iphis, Storgè] "The smiling dawn of happy days" [Iphis]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Such, Jephtha, was the haughty king's reply" [Zebul, Jephtha]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "When his loud voice in thunder spoke" [Chorus]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Glad tidings of great joy to thee, dear Iphis" [Hamor]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Cherub and Seraphim, unbodied forms" [Chorus]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Up the dreadful steep ascending" [Hamor]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "'Tis well. Haste, haste, ye maidens" "Tune the soft melodious lute" [Iphis]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Again Heav'n smiles on his repentant people" "Freedom now once more possessing" [Zebul]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Zebul, thy deeds were valiant" "His mighty arm, with sudden blow" [Jephtha]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "In glory high, in might serene" [Chorus]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 Symphony
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Hail, glorious conqueror!" "Welcome as the cheerful light" [Iphis, Chorus]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Horror! confusion!" "Open thy marble jaws, O tomb" [Jephtha]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Why is my brother thus afflicted" [Zebul, Jephtha]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "First perish thou, and perish all the world!... Let other creatures die" [Storgè]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "If such thy cruel purpose" "On me let blind mistaken zeal" [Hamor]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "O spare your daughter!" [Zebul, Storgè, Hamor, Jephtha]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Such news fly swift" "Happy they! this vital breath" [Iphis]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Deeper and deeper still" [Jephtha]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "How dark, O Lord, are Thy decrees!" [Chorus]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Hide thou thy hated beams, O sun" "A father, offering up" "Waft her, angels, through the skies" [Jephtha]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Ye sacred priests" "Farewell, ye limpid springs and floods" [Iphis]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Doubtful fear and rev'rent awe" [Chorus]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "And they determin'd will declare" Symphony [Chorus]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Rise, Jephtha, and ye rev'rend priests" "Happy, Iphis, shalt thou live" [Angel]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "For ever blessed be thy holy name" [Jephtha]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Theme sublime of endless praise" [Chorus]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Let me congratulate this happy turn" "Laud her, all ye virgin train" [Zebul]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "O let me fold thee in a mother's arms" "Sweet as sight to the blind" [Storgè]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "With transport, Iphis, I behold thy safety" "'Tis Heaven's all-ruling pow'r" [Hamor]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "My faithful Hamor, may that Providence" "Freely I to Heaven resign" [Iphis]
Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Ye house of Gilead, with one voice" [Chorus]
Handel : Saul : Symphony
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "How excellent thy name, oh Lord" [Chorus]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "An infant rais'd by thy command" [Soprano]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "Along the monster atheist strode" [Counter-Tenor, Tenor, Bass]
Handel : Saul HWV53 : Act 1 "The youth inspir'd by Thee, oh Lord" "How excellent thy name, oh Lord" [Chorus]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "He comes, he comes!" "Oh godlike youth!" [Michal]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "Behold, oh King, the brave, victorious youth" [Abner, Saul, David] "Oh King, your favours with delight I take" [David]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "Oh early piety!" [Jonathan]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "What abject thoughts a prince can have!" "Yet think, on whom this honour you bestow" [Merab]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "Birth and fortune I despise!" [Jonathan]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "Thou, Merab, first in birth" [Saul, Merab] "My soul rejects the thought with scorn" [Merab]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "See, with what a scornful air" "Ah! lovely youth!" [Michal]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 Symphony
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "Already see the daughters" [Michal]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "Welcome, welcome, mighty king!" "Saul, who has thy thousands slain" [Chorus]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "What do I hear?" [Saul] "David his ten thousands slew" [Chorus] "To him ten thousands!" [Saul] "With rage I shall burst his praises to hear" [Saul]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "Imprudent women!" [Jonathan, Michal] "Fell rage and black despair possess'd" [Michal]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "Rack'd with infernal pains" [Abner]
Handel : Saul HWV53 : Act 1 "Oh Lord, whose mercies numberless" [David]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "'Tis all in vain" [Jonathan]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "A serpent, in my bosom warm'd" "Has he escap'd my rage" [Saul]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "Capricious man" [Merab]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "Oh filial piety!" "No, cruel father, no!" [Jonathan]
Handel : Saul : Act 1 "Preserve him for the glory of thy name" [Chorus]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "Envy! eldest born of hell!" [Chorus]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "Ah! dearest friend" "But sooner Jordan's stream, I swear" "My father comes" [Jonathan]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "Hast thou obey'd my orders" [Saul, Jonathan] "Sin not, oh king, against the youth" [Jonathan]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "As great Jehovah lives" [Saul]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "From cities storm'd, and battles won" [Jonathan]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "Appear, my friend" [Jonathan, Saul]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "Your words, oh king" [David]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "Yes, he shall wed my daughter!" [Saul]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "A father's will" [Michal]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "Oh fairest of ten thousand fair" [Michal, David]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "Is there a man" [Chorus]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 Concerto
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "Thy father is as cruel" [David] "At persecution I can laugh" [Daivd, Michal]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "Whom dost thou seek?" [Michal, Doeg] "No, no, let the guilty tremble" [Michal]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "Mean as he was" "Author of peace" [Merab]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 Symphony
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "The time at length is come" [Saul]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "Where is the son of Jesse?" [Saul, Jonathan]
Handel : Saul : Act 2 "O fatal consequence of rage" [Chorus]
Handel : Saul : Act 3 "Wretch that I am!" "'Tis said, here lives a woman" [Saul]
Handel : Saul : Act 3 "With me what wouldst thou?" [Witch, Saul] "Infernal spirits" [Witch]
Handel : Saul : Act 3 "Why has thou forc'd me" [Samuel, Saul]
Handel : Saul : Act 3 Symphony
Handel : Saul : Act 3 "Whence comst thou?" [David, Amalekite] "Impious wretch, of race accurst!" [David]
Handel : Saul HWV53 : Act 3 Dead March
Handel : Saul : Act 3 "Mourn, Israel" [Chorus]
Handel : Saul : Act 3 "O let it not in Gath be heard" [Jonathan] "From this unhappy day" [Michal]
Handel : Saul : Act 3 "Eagles were not so swift as they" [Chorus]
Handel : Saul : Act 3 "In sweetest harmony" [Merab] "O fatal day!" [David, Chorus]
Handel : Saul : Act 3 "Ye men of Judah, weep no more!" [High Priest]
Handel : Saul HWV53 : Act 3 "Gird on thy sword" [Chorus]
Handel : Giulio Cesare : Overture to Act 1
Handel : Giulio Cesare : Act 1 "Viva, viva il nostro Alcide!" [Chorus]
Handel : Giulio Cesare : Act 1 "Presti omai l'Egizia terra" [Cesare]
Handel : Giulio Cesare : Act 1 "Priva son d'ogni conforto" [Cornelia]
Handel : Giulio Cesare : Act 1 "Vani sono i lamenti" [Sesto]
Handel : Giulio Cesare : Act 1 "Svegliatevi nel core" [Sesto]
Handel : Giulio Cesare : Act 1 "Cara speme, questo core" [Sesto]
Handel : Giulio Cesare : Act 1 "Va tacito e nascosto" [Cesare]
Handel : Giulio Cesare : Act 2 "Cessa omai di sospirare!" [Cornelia]
Handel : Giulio Cesare HWV17 : Act 2 "Se pietà di me non senti" [Cleopatra]
Handel : Giulio Cesare : Act 3 Sinfonia
Handel : Giulio Cesare HWV17 : Act 3 "Da tempeste il legno infranto" [Cleopatra]
Handel : Giulio Cesare : Act 3 La Marche
Handel : Giulio Cesare HWV17 : Act 3 "Ritorni omai nel nostro core" [Chorus, Cesare, Cleopatra]
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas - Overture
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "Shake the cloud from off your brow"
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Act 1 - "Ah! Belinda"/"Grief increases"/"When monarchs unite"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "Whence could so much virtue spring?" - "Fear no danger"
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Act 1 - "See, your royal guest appears"/"Cupid only throws.."
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "If not for mine, for empire's sake" ... "To the hills and the vales"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - The Triumphing Dance
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Act 2 - "Prelude for..."/"Harms our..."/"The Queen"/"Ho,ho,ho"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Ruin'd ere the set of sun" ... "But ere we this perform"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "In our deep vaulted cell"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - Echo Dance of Furies
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - Ritornelle - "Thanks to these lonesome vales" - Gitter Ground a Dance
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Oft she visits"
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Act 2 - "Behold, upon my bending spear"/"Haste, haste to town"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Stay, Prince"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Then since our charms have sped" - "A Dance" - The Groves Dance
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - Prelude - "Come away, fellow sailors"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - The Sailors' Dance "See the flags and streamers curling"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "Our next motion" - "Destructions's our delight"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - The Witches' Dance
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "Your counsel all is urg'd in vain" - "Great minds against themselves conspire"
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas / Act 3 - "Thy hand, Belinda"/"When I am laid in earth"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "With drooping wings..." - Cupids´ Dance
Purcell: Hail, Bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - Symphony
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - Hail, bright Cecilia!
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - Hail, bright Cecilia!
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - Hark, hark, each tree its silence breaks
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - Tis Nature's voice
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - Soul of the world
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - Thou tun'st this world below, the spheres above
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - With that sublime celestial lay
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - Wondrous machine!
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - The airy violin
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - In vain the am'rous flute and soft guitar
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - The fife, and all the harmony of war
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - Let these amongst themselves contest
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - Hail, bright Cecilia!
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - With rapture of delight
Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia!, Z. 328 Ode For St. Cecilia's Day - Hail, bright Cecilia!
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster): Sinfony (Grave - Allegro moderato)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Comfort ye my people (tenor accompagnato: Larghetto e piano)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (tenor air: Andante)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: And the glory of the Lord (chorus: Andante)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Thus saith the Lord (bass accompagnato)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: But who may abide? (alto air: Larghetto - Prestissimo)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: And He shall purify (chorus)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (alto recitative)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: O thou that tellest (alto air: Andante)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass accompagnato: Andante larghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: The people that walked in darkness (bass air: Larghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: For unto us a child is born (chorus: Andante allegro)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony: Larghetto e mezzo piano)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: There were shepherds abiding in the field (soprano recitative)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: And lo, the angel of the Lord
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: And the angel said unto them
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: And suddenly there was with the angel
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Glory to God (chorus): Allegro, da lontano e un poco piano)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano air: Allegro)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: Then shall the eyes of the blind (alto recitative)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: He shall feed his flock ... Come unto Him all ye that labour (soprano & alto duet: Larghetto e piano)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 1: His yoke is easy (chorus: Allegro)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Behold the lamb of God (chorus: Largo)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: He was despised (alto air: Largo)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 2: Surely he hath borne our griefs (chorus: Largo e staccato)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: Behold I tell you a mystery (bass accompagnato)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: The trumpet shall sound (bass air: Pomposo, ma non troppo)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: Then shall be brought to pass (alto recitative)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: O death, where is thy sting (alto & tenor duet: Andante)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: But thanks be to God (chorus: Andante)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: If God is for us (soprano air: Larghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: Worthy is the lamb (chorus: Largo - Andante - Laghetto)
Messiah HWV56 (1987 Digital Remaster), PART 3: Amen (chorus: Allegro moderato)
Act I - Year 1 of Akhnaten's Reign - Thebes - Prelude: Refrain, Verse 1, Verse 2
Prelude: Verse 3
Scene 1: Funeral of Amenhotep III
Scene 2: Coronation of Aknaten
Scene 3: Window of Appearances
Act II: Years 5 to 15 - Thebes and Akhetaten - Scene 1: Temple
Scene 2: Akhnaten and Nefertiti
Scene 3: City/Dance
Narration: City/Dance
Scene 4: Hymn
Act III: Year 17 and the Present - Akhetaten - Scene 1: Family
Scene 2: Attack and Fall
Scene 3: The Ruins
Epilogue


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