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Handel: Esther

Susan Hamilton (Esther), Nicholas Mulroy (Mordecai), Matthew Brook (Haman), Thomas Hobbs (1st Israelite), Robin Blaze (Priest), James Gilchrist (Habdonah / Assuerus) & Electra Lochhead (Israelite Boy); Nicholas Wearne (organ continuo)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt

Paradoxically, a two-voices-to-a-part chorus achieves more immediacy than a larger choir, coupled with a stylish and delightfully intimate band. Yet again, Butt demonstrates that less can be... More…
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    14th May 2012

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Handel: Esther

1:39:25
  • Dunedin Consort Chorus
  • John Butt
  • James Gilchrist (tenor), Matthew Brook (baritone), Ashley Turnell (tenor), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Electra Lochhead (alto), Robin Blaze (counter-tenor), Susan Hamilton (soprano), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor)
  • Recorded: 12-15 July 2011
  • Recording Venue: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Act I: Overture: Andante

1:58

Act I: Overture: Larghetto

2:35

Act I: Overture: Allegro

2:26
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Act I Scene 1: Recitative: 'Tis greater far to spare, than to destroy (Habdonah, Haman)

0:41

Act I Scene 1: Air: Pluck root and branch from out the land (Haman)

1:59

Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Our souls with ardour glow (Persian Officer)

0:07

Act I Scene 1: Shall we the God of Israel fear? (Chorus)

1:51

Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Now persecution shall lay by her iron rod (First Israelite)

0:16

Act I Scene 2: Air: Tune your harps to cheerful strains (First Israelite)

4:21

Act I Scene 2: Shall we of servitude complain (Chorus)

1:24

Act I Scene 2: Recitative: O God, who from the suckling's mouth (Israelite Woman)

0:16

Act I Scene 2: Air: Praise the Lord with cheerful noise (Israelite Woman)

5:38

Act I Scene 2: Shall we of servitude complain

1:24

Act I Scene 3: Recitative: How have our sins provok'd the Lord! (Priest of the Israelites)

1:05

Act I Scene 3: Ye sons of Israel mourn (Chorus)

1:52

Act I Scene 3: Aria: O Jordan, Jordan, sacred tide (Priest of the Israelites)

7:42

Act I Scene 3: Ye sons of Israel mourn

2:09

Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Why sits that sorrow on thy brow? (Esther, Mordecai)

1:02

Act II Scene 1: Air: Dread not, righteous Queen, the danger (Mordecai)

4:25

Act II Scene 1: Recitative: I go before the King to stand (Esther)

0:13

Act II Scene 1: Air: Tears assist me, pity moving (Esther)

2:50

Act II Scene 1: Save us, O Lord (Chorus)

1:27

Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Who dares intrude into our presence (Ahasuerus, Esther)

1:09

Act II Scene 2: Duet: Who calls my parting soul from death? (Esther, Ahasuerus)

2:46

Act II Scene 2: Air: O beauteous Queen, unclose those eyes! (Ahasuerus)

7:18

Act II Scene 2: Recitative: If I find favour in thy sight (Esther)

0:19

Act II Scene 2: Aria: How can I stay when love invites? (Ahasuerus)

3:08

Act II Scene 3: Recitative: With inward joy his visage glows (Third Israelite, Fourth Israelite)

0:15

Act II Scene 3: Virtue, truth and innocence (Chorus)

2:43

Act III Scene 1: Air: Jehovah, crown'd with glory bright (Priest of the Israelites)

1:57

Act III Scene 1: He comes, he comes to end our woes (Chorus)

4:17

Act III Scene 2: Recitative: Now, O Queen, thy suit declare (Ahasuerus, Esther)

1:38

Act III Scene 2: Accompanied: Turn not, O Queen, thy face away (Haman)

2:36

Act III Scene 2: Air: Flatt'ring tongue, no more I hear thee! (Esther)

4:52

Act III Scene 2: Recitative: Guards, seize the traitor, bear him hence! (Ahasuerus)

0:40

Act III Scene 2: Air: How art thou fall'n from thy height! (Haman)

6:10

Act III Scene 3: The Lord our enemy has slain (Chorus)

11:56
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