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Handel: English Arias / James Bowman

Handel / Bowman / King
Release Date: 01/08/2013 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55419  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James BowmanSusan Gritton
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A comprehensive programme of arias from such famous English oratorios as Esther, Saul, Belshazzar, Theodora, Judas Maccabaeus and Solomon. These oratorios contain a wealth of arias, duets and splendid overtures, of which one overture, eleven arias, and two beautiful duets are included here. The world-famous countertenor James Bowman is joined by The King’s Consort and the renowned soprano Susan Gritton.

'This beautiful collection of songs and duets from Handel oratorios finds the 52-year-old English countertenor in quite amazing form ... his voice remains phenomenally agile. Unmissable' (The Sunday Times)

'Un disco a la mayor gloria de Bowman' (Ritmo, Spain)

'Un disco admirable de todo punto'
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'A noble and dignified recital' (Fanfare, USA)
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Works on This Recording

1. The choice of Hercules, HWV 69: Yet can I hear that dulcet lay by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Esther, HWV 50b: How can I stay, when love invites by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Saul, HWV 53: O fairest of ten thousand fair by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor), Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. Belshazzar, HWV 61: Great God! who, yet but darkly known by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1745; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. Theodora, HWV 68: The raptur'd soul by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: Father of Heaven! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1992 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
7. Esther, HWV 50b: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8. Saul, HWV 53: O Lord, whose mercies numberless by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. Solomon, HWV 67: What tho' I trace each herb and flower by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. Belshazzar, HWV 61: Martial Symphony by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1745; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
11. Belshazzar, HWV 61: Destructive war, thy limits know by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1745; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Language: English 
12. Solomon, HWV 67: Welcome as the dawn of day by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
13. Theodora, HWV 68: Kind heaven, if virtue be thy care by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
14. Solomon, HWV 67: Almighty pow'r by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
15. Esther, HWV 50b: Tune your harps to cheerful strains by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 

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