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Handel: Theodora / Martini, Wieland, Schmid, Vitzthum, Schoch, Mertens

Handel / Barockorchester Frankfurt / Wieland
Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572700   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Diana SchmidFranz VitzthumChristina WielandKnut Schoch,   ... 
Conductor:  Joachim Carlos Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Baroque OrchestraJunge Kantorei
Number of Discs: 3 
Length: 2 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Set in a time of ancient Rome’s persecution of the Christians, Handel’s late masterpiece Theodora tells of the tragic martyrdom of the heroine and her lover Didymus. The challenging nature of the libretto with its religious conflict, cruelty, self-sacrifice and brothel scene was discomforting for contemporary audiences, and despite Handel’s magnificent music the oratorio was his least successful. This is part of a series of Handel oratorios from Martini and Junge Kantorei. Set in a time of ancient Rome’s persecution of the Christians, Handel’s late masterpiece Theodora tells of the tragic martyrdom of the heroine and her lover Didymus. The challenging nature of the libretto with its religious conflict, cruelty, self-sacrifice and brothel scene was discomforting for contemporary audiences, and despite Handel’s magnificent music the oratorio was his least successful. This is part of a series of Handel oratorios from Martini and Junge Kantorei. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Theodora, HWV 68 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Diana Schmid (Mezzo Soprano), Franz Vitzthum (Countertenor), Christina Wieland (Soprano),
Knut Schoch (Tenor), Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor:  Joachim Carlos Martini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra,  Junge Kantorei
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; London, England 

Sound Samples

Theodora, HWV 68: Overture
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: 'Tis Dioclesian's natal day (Valens)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 1: Air: Go, my faithful soldier, go (Valens)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 1: Chorus: And draw a blessing down (Chorus of Heathens)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: Vouchsafe, dread Sir (Didymus, Valens)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 1: Air: Racks, gibbets, sword and fire (Valens)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 1: Chorus: For ever thus stands fix'd the doom (Chorus of Heathens)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 2: Recitativo: Most cruel edict! (Didymus)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 2: Air: The raptur'd soul (Didymus)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 2: Recitativo: I know thy virtues, and ask not thy faith (Septimius)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 2: Air: Descend, kind Pity (Septimius)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 3: Recitativo: Though hard, my friends (Theodora)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 3: Air: Fond flatt'ring world, adieu! (Theodora)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 3: Recitativo: Oh bright example of all goodness (Irene)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 3: Aria: Bane of virtue, nurse of passions (Irene)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 3: Chorus: Come, mighty Father, mighty Lord (Chorus of Christians)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 4: Recitativo: Fly, fly my brethren (Messenger, Irene)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 4: Air: As With Rosy Steps (Irene)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 4: Chorus: All pow'r in Heaven above, or earth beneath (Chorus of Christians)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Mistaken wretches, why thus blind to fate (Septimius)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 5: Air: Dread the fruits of Christian folly (Septimius)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Deluded mortal! (Theodora, Septimius)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Oh worse than death indeed! (Theodora)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 5: Air: Angels, ever bright and fair (Theodora)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 6: Recitativo: Unhappy, happy crew! (Didymus, Irene)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 6: Accompagnato and Air: Kind Heaven, if virtue be thy care (Didymus)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 6: Recitativo: Oh Love, how great thy pow'r! (Irene)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act I Scene 6: Chorus: Go, gen'rous pious youth! (Chorus of Christians)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 1: Recitativo: Ye men of Antioch, with solemn pomp (Valens)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 1: Chorus: Queen of summer, queen of love (Chorus of Heathens)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 1: Air: Wide spread his Name (Valens)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 1: Recitativo: Return, Septimius, to the stubborn maid (Valens)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 1: Chorus: Venus laughing from the skies (Chorus of Heathens)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 2: Symphony
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 2: Recitative: O thou bright sun! How sweet thy rays (Theodora)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 2: Air: With darkness deep (Theodora)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 2: Symphony
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 2: Recitativo: But why art thou disquieted, my soul? (Theodora)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 2: Air: Oh that I on wings could rise (Theodora)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 3: Recitativo: Long have I known thy friendly social soul. (Didymus, Septimius)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 3: Air: Though the honours, that Flora and Venus receive from the Romans (Septimius)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 3: Recitativo: Oh save her then, or give me pow'r (Didymus, Septimius)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 3: Air: Deeds of kindness to display, pity suing (Didymus)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 4: Recitativo: The clouds begin to veil the hemisphere (Irene)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 4: Aria: Defend her Heaven! (Irene)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Or lull'd with grief or rapt her soul to heaven (Didymus)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 5: Air: Sweet Rose and Lilly (Didymus)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Oh save me, Heaven (Theodora, Didymus)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 5: Aria: The pilgrim's home (Theodora)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 5: Accompagnato: Forbid it, Heaven! (Didymus)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 5: Recitativo: Or say, what right have I to take what just reflection (Didymus, Theodora)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 5: Duet: To thee, thou glorious son of worth (Theodora, Didymus)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 6: Recitativo: 'Tis night; but night's sweet blessing (Irene)
Theodora, HWV 68: Act II Scene 6: Chorus: He saw the lovely youth, death's early prey (Chorus of Christians)

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