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Handel Edition, Vol. 6: Belshazzar; Jephtha

Handel / Esswood / Hollweg / Concentus Musicus
Release Date: 02/17/2009 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 4696116   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert TearFelicity PalmerMaureen LehanePaul Esswood,   ... 
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus MusicusStockholm Chamber ChoirArnold Schoenberg Choir
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 5 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“The particular strength of the Teldec reissue is its splendid cast, all of whom are technically outstanding, invest their every word with meaning and make recitatives fully alive. The titlerole is in fact one of the smallest, but Tear makes a burly, headstrong king, who handles the scene of the writing on the wall with fine dramatic instinct… Palmer is immensely moving… Esswood, as Daniel, impresses by the beauty of his tone and his command of long phrases; Lehane's brilliantly exuberant ornamentation, apparently improvisatory, marks her as a natural mistress of the style…and van der Bilt shows a rich voice throughout… The Stockholm Chamber Choir is firm-toned and tidy.” - Gramophone “The particular strength of the Teldec reissue is its splendid cast, all of whom are technically outstanding, invest their every word with meaning and make recitatives fully alive. The titlerole is in fact one of the smallest, but Tear makes a burly, headstrong king, who handles the scene of the writing on the wall with fine dramatic instinct… Palmer is immensely moving… Esswood, as Daniel, impresses by the beauty of his tone and his command of long phrases; Lehane's brilliantly exuberant ornamentation, apparently improvisatory, marks her as a natural mistress of the style…and van der Bilt shows a rich voice throughout… The Stockholm Chamber Choir is firm-toned and tidy.” - Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Belshazzar, HWV 61 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert Tear (Tenor), Felicity Palmer (Soprano), Maureen Lehane (Alto),
Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Peter Van der Bilt (Bass), Thomas Sunnegardh (Tenor),
Staffan Sandlund (Bass)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1745; London, England 
Length: 172 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
Jephtha, HWV 70 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Glenys Linos (Mezzo Soprano), Elisabeth Gale (Soprano),
Werner Hollweg (Tenor), Thomas Thomaschke (Bass), Gabriele Sima (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1752; London, England 

Sound Samples

Belshazzar : Overture to Act 1: Handel : Belshazzar : Overture to Act 1
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Vain, fluctuating state" [Nitocris]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Vain, fluctuating state" [Nitocris]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Thou, God most high" [Nitocris]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Thou, God most high" [Nitocris]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "The fate of Babylon" [Nitocris] "Oh much belov'd" [Nitocris, Daniel]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "The fate of Babylon" [Nitocris] "Oh much belov'd" [Nitocris, Daniel]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Lament not thus" [Daniel]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Lament not thus" [Daniel]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Behold, by Persia's hero made" [Chorus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Behold, by Persia's hero made" [Chorus]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Well may they laugh" [Gobrias, Cyrus] "Oh memory!" [Gobrias]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Well may they laugh" [Gobrias, Cyrus] "Oh memory!" [Gobrias]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Oppress'd with never-ceasing grief" [Gobrias]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Oppress'd with never-ceasing grief" [Gobrias]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Dry those anavailing tears" [Cyrus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Dry those anavailing tears" [Cyrus]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Be comforted" [Cyrus] "Methought, as on the bank" [Cyrus] "Now tell me, Gobrias" [Cyrus, Gobrias]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Be comforted" [Cyrus] "Methought, as on the bank" [Cyrus] "Now tell me, Gobrias" [Cyrus, Gobrias]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Behold the monstrous human beast" [Gobrias]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Behold the monstrous human beast" [Gobrias]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Can you then think" "Great God! who, yet but darkly known" "My friends, be confident" [Cyrus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Can you then think" "Great God! who, yet but darkly known" "My friends, be confident" [Cyrus]
Belshazzar HWV61 : Act 1 "All empires" [Chorus]: Handel : Belshazzar HWV61 : Act 1 "All empires" [Chorus]
Belshazzar HWV61 : Act 1 "Oh sacred oracles" [Daniel]: Handel : Belshazzar HWV61 : Act 1 "Oh sacred oracles" [Daniel]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Rejoice, my countrymen" "For long ago" "Thus saith the Lord" [Daniel]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Rejoice, my countrymen" "For long ago" "Thus saith the Lord" [Daniel]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Sing, oh ye heav'ns!" [Chorus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Sing, oh ye heav'ns!" [Chorus]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Let festal joy" [Belshazzar]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Let festal joy" [Belshazzar]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "For you, my friends" [Belshazzar, Nitocris]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "For you, my friends" [Belshazzar, Nitocris]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "The leafy honours" [Nitocris]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "The leafy honours" [Nitocris]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "It is the custom" [Belshazzar, Nitocris]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "It is the custom" [Belshazzar, Nitocris]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Recall, oh king!" [Chorus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Recall, oh king!" [Chorus]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "They tell you true" [Nitocris, Belshazzar]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "They tell you true" [Nitocris, Belshazzar]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "Oh dearer than my life" [Nitocris, Belshazzar]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "Oh dearer than my life" [Nitocris, Belshazzar]
Belshazzar : Act 1 "By slow degrees" [Chorus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 1 "By slow degrees" [Chorus]
Belshazzar HWV61 : Act 2 "See from his post" "Why, faithless river" "Euphrates hath his task" "Of things on earth" [Chorus]: Handel : Belshazzar HWV61 : Act 2 "See from his post" "Why, faithless river" "Euphrates hath his task" "Of things on earth" [Chorus]
Belshazzar : Act 2 "You see, my friends" "Amaz'd to find the foe so near" [Cyrus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "You see, my friends" "Amaz'd to find the foe so near" [Cyrus]
Belshazzar : Act 2 "To arms, to arms!" [Chorus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "To arms, to arms!" [Chorus]
Belshazzar : Act 2 "Ye tutelar gods" [Chorus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Ye tutelar gods" [Chorus]
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 "Let the deep bowl" [Belshazzar] "Where is the God" [Chorus] "Help, help the king!" [Chorus, Belshazzar] "Call all my wise men" [Belshazzar]
Belshazzar : Act 2 "Ye sages!" [Belshazzar] "Alas! too hard a task" [Chorus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Ye sages!" [Belshazzar] "Alas! too hard a task" [Chorus]
Belshazzar : Act 2 "Oh misery!" [Chorus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Oh misery!" [Chorus]
Belshazzar : Act 2 "Oh king" [Nitocris] "Art thou that Daniel" [Belshazzar]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Oh king" [Nitocris] "Art thou that Daniel" [Belshazzar]
Belshazzar : Act 2 "No! to thyself" [Daniel] "Yet to obey" [Daniel] "Though, o king" [Daniel] "Oh sentence too severe!" [Nitocris]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "No! to thyself" [Daniel] "Yet to obey" [Daniel] "Though, o king" [Daniel] "Oh sentence too severe!" [Nitocris]
Belshazzar : Act 2 "Regard, oh son" [Nitocris]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Regard, oh son" [Nitocris]
Belshazzar : Act 2 "Oh God of Truth!" "You, Gobrias, lead directly to the palace" [Cyrus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 2 "Oh God of Truth!" "You, Gobrias, lead directly to the palace" [Cyrus]
Belshazzar HWV61 : Act 2 "Oh glorious prince!" [Chorus]: Handel : Belshazzar HWV61 : Act 2 "Oh glorious prince!" [Chorus]
Belshazzar : Act 3 "Alternate hopes and fears" [Nitocris]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Alternate hopes and fears" [Nitocris]
Belshazzar : Act 3 "Fain would I hope" [Nitocris, Daniel] "Can the black Aethiop change his skin?" [Daniel]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Fain would I hope" [Nitocris, Daniel] "Can the black Aethiop change his skin?" [Daniel]
Belshazzar : Act 3 "My hopes revive" [Nitocris, Arioch, Messenger]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "My hopes revive" [Nitocris, Arioch, Messenger]
Belshazzar : Act 3 "Bel boweth down" [Chorus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Bel boweth down" [Chorus]
Belshazzar : Act 3 "I thank thee, Sesach" [Belshazzar] A Marital Symphony: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "I thank thee, Sesach" [Belshazzar] A Marital Symphony
Belshazzar : Act 3 "To pow'r immortal" [Gobrias]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "To pow'r immortal" [Gobrias]
Belshazzar : Act 3 "Be it thy care" "Destructive War" [Cyrus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Be it thy care" "Destructive War" [Cyrus]
Belshazzar : Act 3 "Great Victor" [Nitocris, Cyrus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Great Victor" [Nitocris, Cyrus]
Belshazzar : Act 3 "Say, venerable prophet" [Cyrus, Daniel]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Say, venerable prophet" [Cyrus, Daniel]
Belshazzar : Act 3 "Tell it out" [Chorus] "Yes, I will build the city" [Cyrus]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "Tell it out" [Chorus] "Yes, I will build the city" [Cyrus]
Belshazzar : Act 3 "I will magnify thee" [Chorus, Belshazzar, Nitocris, Cyrus, Daniel, Gobrias, Arioch, Messenger]: Handel : Belshazzar : Act 3 "I will magnify thee" [Chorus, Belshazzar, Nitocris, Cyrus, Daniel, Gobrias, Arioch, Messenger]
Jephtha HWV70 : Overture - Menuet: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Overture - Menuet
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 "It must be so - or these vile Ammonites" "Pour forth no more unheeded pray'rs" [Zebul]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "No more to Ammon's god and king" [Chorus]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "No more to Ammon's god and king" [Chorus]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "But Jephtha comes" [Zebul, Jephtha] "Virtue my soul shall still embrace" [Jephtha]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "But Jephtha comes" [Zebul, Jephtha] "Virtue my soul shall still embrace" [Jephtha]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "'Twill be a painful separation, Jephtha" "In gentle murmurs will I mourn" [Storgè]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "'Twill be a painful separation, Jephtha" "In gentle murmurs will I mourn" [Storgè]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Happy this embassy, my charming Iphis" "Dull delay, in piercing anguish" [Hamor]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Happy this embassy, my charming Iphis" "Dull delay, in piercing anguish" [Hamor]
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 "Ill suits the voice of love when glory calls" "Take the heart you fondly gave" [Iphis]
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 "I go; my soul, inspir'd by thy command" [Hamor] "These labours past, how happy we!" [Iphis]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "What mean these doubtful fancies" "If, Lord, susain'd" "'Tis said" [Jephtha]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "What mean these doubtful fancies" "If, Lord, susain'd" "'Tis said" [Jephtha]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "O God, behold our sore distress" [Chorus]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "O God, behold our sore distress" [Chorus]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Some dire event hangs o'er our heads" "Scenes of horror, scenes of woe" [Storgè]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Some dire event hangs o'er our heads" "Scenes of horror, scenes of woe" [Storgè]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Say, my dear mother" [Iphis, Storgè] "The smiling dawn of happy days" [Iphis]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Say, my dear mother" [Iphis, Storgè] "The smiling dawn of happy days" [Iphis]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Such, Jephtha, was the haughty king's reply" [Zebul, Jephtha]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "Such, Jephtha, was the haughty king's reply" [Zebul, Jephtha]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "When his loud voice in thunder spoke" [Chorus]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 "When his loud voice in thunder spoke" [Chorus]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Glad tidings of great joy to thee, dear Iphis" [Hamor]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Glad tidings of great joy to thee, dear Iphis" [Hamor]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Cherub and Seraphim, unbodied forms" [Chorus]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Cherub and Seraphim, unbodied forms" [Chorus]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Up the dreadful steep ascending" [Hamor]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Up the dreadful steep ascending" [Hamor]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "'Tis well. Haste, haste, ye maidens" "Tune the soft melodious lute" [Iphis]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "'Tis well. Haste, haste, ye maidens" "Tune the soft melodious lute" [Iphis]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Again Heav'n smiles on his repentant people" "Freedom now once more possessing" [Zebul]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Again Heav'n smiles on his repentant people" "Freedom now once more possessing" [Zebul]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Zebul, thy deeds were valiant" "His mighty arm, with sudden blow" [Jephtha]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Zebul, thy deeds were valiant" "His mighty arm, with sudden blow" [Jephtha]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "In glory high, in might serene" [Chorus]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "In glory high, in might serene" [Chorus]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 Symphony: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 Symphony
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Hail, glorious conqueror!" "Welcome as the cheerful light" [Iphis, Chorus]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Hail, glorious conqueror!" "Welcome as the cheerful light" [Iphis, Chorus]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Horror! confusion!" "Open thy marble jaws, O tomb" [Jephtha]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Horror! confusion!" "Open thy marble jaws, O tomb" [Jephtha]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Why is my brother thus afflicted" [Zebul, Jephtha]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Why is my brother thus afflicted" [Zebul, Jephtha]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "First perish thou, and perish all the world!... Let other creatures die" [Storgè]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "First perish thou, and perish all the world!... Let other creatures die" [Storgè]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "If such thy cruel purpose" "On me let blind mistaken zeal" [Hamor]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "If such thy cruel purpose" "On me let blind mistaken zeal" [Hamor]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "O spare your daughter!" [Zebul, Storgè, Hamor, Jephtha]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "O spare your daughter!" [Zebul, Storgè, Hamor, Jephtha]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Such news fly swift" "Happy they! this vital breath" [Iphis]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Such news fly swift" "Happy they! this vital breath" [Iphis]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Deeper and deeper still" [Jephtha]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "Deeper and deeper still" [Jephtha]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "How dark, O Lord, are Thy decrees!" [Chorus]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 "How dark, O Lord, are Thy decrees!" [Chorus]
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 "Hide thou thy hated beams, O sun" "A father, offering up" "Waft her, angels, through the skies" [Jephtha]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Ye sacred priests" "Farewell, ye limpid springs and floods" [Iphis]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Ye sacred priests" "Farewell, ye limpid springs and floods" [Iphis]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Doubtful fear and rev'rent awe" [Chorus]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Doubtful fear and rev'rent awe" [Chorus]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "And they determin'd will declare" Symphony [Chorus]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "And they determin'd will declare" Symphony [Chorus]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Rise, Jephtha, and ye rev'rend priests" "Happy, Iphis, shalt thou live" [Angel]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Rise, Jephtha, and ye rev'rend priests" "Happy, Iphis, shalt thou live" [Angel]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "For ever blessed be thy holy name" [Jephtha]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "For ever blessed be thy holy name" [Jephtha]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Theme sublime of endless praise" [Chorus]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Theme sublime of endless praise" [Chorus]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Let me congratulate this happy turn" "Laud her, all ye virgin train" [Zebul]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Let me congratulate this happy turn" "Laud her, all ye virgin train" [Zebul]
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 "O let me fold thee in a mother's arms" "Sweet as sight to the blind" [Storgè]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "With transport, Iphis, I behold thy safety" "'Tis Heaven's all-ruling pow'r" [Hamor]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "With transport, Iphis, I behold thy safety" "'Tis Heaven's all-ruling pow'r" [Hamor]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "My faithful Hamor, may that Providence" "Freely I to Heaven resign" [Iphis]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "My faithful Hamor, may that Providence" "Freely I to Heaven resign" [Iphis]
Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Ye house of Gilead, with one voice" [Chorus]: Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 "Ye house of Gilead, with one voice" [Chorus]

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