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Handel: Alceste


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This recording of Alceste is performed by the Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn, whose other Handel recordings for Chandos have all received glowing accolades: Semele, for instance, was an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and one of the Records of 2007 in The Sunday Times. The recording of Flavio was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2011, in the Baroque Vocal category. In Alceste, Admetus, the terminally ill King of Thessaly, is promised by Apollo that he can defer his premature death if another person volunteers to die in his place. Alcestis, the beloved wife of Admetus, bravely sacrifices herself to die in his place. The hero Hercules visits his grieving friend Admetus, resolves to travel to Hades, overpowers Pluto, returns Alcestis to the world of the living, and restores her to Admetus.
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Item number CHAN 0788
Barcode 095115078822
Release date 5/29/2012
Category Opera
Label CHANDOS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Curnyn, Christian
Disc: 1
1 Ouverture 00:05:04 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
2 Grand entree 00:01:57 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
3 Accompagnato: Ye happy people (Tenor) 00:00:22 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
4 Triumph, Hymen, in the pair (Soprano, Chorus) 00:02:34 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
5 Still caressing and caress'd (Soprano, Chorus) 00:02:34 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
6 Air: Ye swift minutes as ye fly (Tenor) 00:03:27 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
7 O bless, ye pow'rs above (Chorus) 00:02:00 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
8 Air: Gentle Morpheus, son of night (Soprano) - Tha 00:08:07 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
9 Admeto, re di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Sinfonia 00:01:18 Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra
10 Air: Ye fleeting shades, I come (Bass) 00:04:19 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
11 Thrice happy who in life excel (Chorus) 00:01:57 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
12 Air: Enjor the sweet Elysian grove (Tenor) 00:05:14 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
13 Radamisto, HWV 12a: Passacaille 00:04:42 Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra
14 Si replica il Core precedente: Thrice happy 00:01:58 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
15 Air: Come, Fancy, empress of the brain (Soprano) 00:05:33 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
16 Symphony and Accompagnato: He comes, he rises from 00:01:25 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
17 Al hail, thou mighty son of Jove! (Chorus) 00:02:10 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
18 Symphony: Larghetto 00:01:55 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
19 Recitative: From high Olympus' top, the seat of Go 00:00:44 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
20 Air: Tune your harps, all ye Nine (Tenor) 00:01:44 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
21 Ballo primo: Un peu lentement 00:01:48 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
22 L'ultimato ballo 00:00:56 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
23 Triumph, thou son of Jove (Chorus) 00:01:14 Foster-Williams, Andrew Curnyn, Christian Early Opera Company Orchestra Crowe, Lucy Early Opera Company Chorus Hulett, Benjamin
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