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DISC 1 for George Frideric Handel: Esther (CD) Album By George Frideric Handel Amazon.com iTunes
1   Overture: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
2   Recitative : Tis greater far to spare: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
3   Aria : Pluck root and branch from out the land: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
4   Recitative : Our souls with ardour glow: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
5   Chorus : Shall we God of Israel fear: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
6   Recitative : Now persecution shall lay by her iron rod: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
7   Aria : Tune your harps to cheerful strains: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
8   Chorus : Shall we of servitude complain: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
9   Aria : Praise the Lord with cheerful noise: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
10   Recitative : O God, who from the suckling's mouth: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
11   Aria : Sing songs of praise, bow down the knee: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
12   Chorus : Shall we of servitude complain (2): Handel: Esther Buy Buy
13   Recitative : How have our sins provoked the Lord: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
14   Chorus : Ye sons of Israel mourn / The Sixteen - Orchestra of theSixteen / Harry Christophers: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
15   Aria : O Jordan, Jordan, sacred tide: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
16   Chorus : Ye sons of Israel mourn (2): Handel: Esther Buy Buy
17   Oboe Sonata HWV 404 : Andante: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
18   Oboe Sonata HWV 404 : Allegro: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
19   Oboe Sonata HWV 404 : Adagio: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
20   Oboe Sonata HWV 404 : Allegro: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
 
DISC 2 for George Frideric Handel: Esther (CD) Album By George Frideric Handel Amazon.com iTunes
1   Recitative - Why sits that sorrow on thy brow ?: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
2   Aria - Dread not, righteous Queen, the danger: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
3   Recitative - I go before the King to stand: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
4   Aria - Tears assist me, pity moving: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
5   Chorus - Save us, O Lord: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
6   Recitative - Who dares intrude into our presence: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
7   Duet - Who calls my parting soul from death ?: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
8   Aria - O beauteous Queen, unclose those eyes!: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
9   Recitative - If I find favour in thy sight: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
10   Aria - How can I stay when love invites ?: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
11   Recitative - With inward joy his visage glows: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
12   Chorus - Virtue, truth and innocence: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
13   Arioso - Jehovah, crow'nd with glory bright: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
14   Chorus - He comes, he comes to end our woes: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
15   Recitative - Now, O Queen, thy suit declare: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
16   Aria - Turn not, O Queen, thy face away: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
17   Arioso - Flatt'ring tongue, no more i hear thee!: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
18   Recitative - Guards, seize the traitor, bear him hence: Handel: Esther Buy Buy
19   Aria - How art thou fall'n from thy height!: Handel: Esther Buy Buy

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Handel's oratorios vary greatly in their presentation. In many ways, Esther is a rarity;it is by far the most intimate, not surprisingly as it was composed for the Duke of Chandos. The Duke's Palladian palace near the village ofEdgware had not been completed in time for the first performance so this may have taken place (as did Acis and Galatea) in the intimate surroundings of a small church, St Lawrence, Whitchurch.

We decided, therefore, that we should attempt to convey that intimacy of performance on disc; so we performed in the round with microphones in the middle, the orchestra in front of me, the choir behind and the soloists alongside. The result is everything that chamber music should be where players and singers can enjoy every aspect of Handel's masterpiece.

"The 'sound' of Esther, superbly communicated in the recorded performance here, is pure enchantment... The choral singing has an exceptional grandure, and the instrumental playing a shimmering beauty. Among the soloists, none of whom is less than accomplished, Nancy Argenta and Michael Chance dominate... Both singers affirm a new golden age of Handel interpretation".



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