Handel: Theodora, HWV 68 – Parts I, II & III [Triple Album]

Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen, Tim Mead

29,2246,77

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Handel: Theodora, HWV 68 - Part I

Handel: Theodora, HWV 68 - Part II

Handel: Theodora, HWV 68 - Part III

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Handel: Theodora, HWV 68 – Parts I, II & III is a Triple Album featuring Arcangelo conducted by Jonathan Cohen with soloists Louise Alder, Tim Mead, Anna Stéphay, Stuart Jackson and Adam Plachetka.

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Among Handel’s seventeen English oratorios, Theodora (1750) is unique. The story is not taken from the Bible, it is set in the Christian era, there is no national triumph and it does not end in joy. At the end, the hero and heroine are dead, the community with which the audience identifies is in mortal danger, and the final chorus is in a minor key.

As a musical drama, it is the direct ancestor of Dialogues des Carmélites. At the age of 65, Handel produced a work that was too radical and complex for most of his audience. Today, Theodora is regarded as a benchmark “thinking person’s opera”, both deeply stimulating and powerfully moving.

Arcangelo’s collective energy and spirit have generated a flood of five-star reviews, sparked audience ovations and prompted invitations to perform at the world’s leading venues and festivals. The band, which has taken the musical world by storm since its creation in 2010, comprises outstanding young musicians under the dynamic leadership of its artistic director and founder Jonathan Cohen.

Its ethos is ruled by a determination to apply the deep listening skills and artistry of chamber music making to every piece in its repertoire, from trio sonatas to oratorios.

Counter-tenor Tim Mead is praised for his “alluring” and “consistently excellent” interpretations (New York Times). With his “rich, mellifluous sound” (Guardian), he is recognised as one of the finest across the generations of counter-tenors.


Arcangelo – ensemble
Jonathan Cohen –
harpsichord & direction
Louise Alder –
soprano Theodora
Tim Mead –
counter-tenor Didymus
Anna Stéphay –
mezzo-soprano Irene
Stuart Jackson –
tenor Septimius
Adam Plachetka –
bass-baritone Valens

Tracklist

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1.
Theodora, HWV 68, Overture: Grave - Allegro
03:10
2.
Theodora, HWV 68, Overture: Trio
01:37
3.
Theodora, HWV 68, Overture: Courante
01:12
4.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Recitative. ’Tis Dioclesian’s Natal Day
00:34
5.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Air. Go, My Faithful Soldier
01:54
6.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Chorus. And Draw A Blessing Down
02:13
7.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Recitative. Vouchsafe, Dread Sir
00:57
8.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Air. Racks, Gibbets, Sword, & Fire
03:26
9.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Chorus. For Ever Thus Stands Fix’d The Doom
01:44
10.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Recitative. Most Cruel Edict!
00:34
11.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Air. The Raptur’d Soul Defies The Sword
07:50
12.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Recitative. I Know Thy Virtues
00:53
13.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Air’ Descend, Kind Pity, Heav’nly Guest
07:34
14.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Recitative. Tho’ Hard, My Friends
00:32
15.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Air. Fond, Flatt’ring World, Adieu!
04:38
16.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Recitative. O Bright Example Of All Goodness!
00:33
17.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Air. Bane Of Virtue, Nurse Of Passions
05:24
18.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Chorus. Come, Mighty Father, Mighty Lord
03:09
19.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Recitative. Fly, Fly, My Brethren
00:58
20.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Air. As With Rosy Steps The Morn Advancing
07:08
21.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Chorus. All Pow’r In Heav’n Above
02:16
22.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Recitative. Mistaken Wretches!
00:24
23.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Air. Dread The Fruits Of Christian Folly
03:03
24.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Recitative. Deluded Mortal!
00:51
25.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Recitative, Accompany’d 'O Worse Than Death Indeed!
00:22
26.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Air. Angels, Ever Bright, & Fair
03:22
27.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Recitative. Unhappy Happy Crew!
00:49
28.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Air. Kind Heav’n, If Virtue Be Thy Care
05:33
29.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Recitative. O Love! How Great Thy Pow’r!
00:24
30.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. I: Chorus. Go, Gen’rous, Pious Youth
04:35
31.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Recitative. Ye Men Of Antioch
00:33
32.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Chorus. Queen Of Summer, Queen Of Love
00:38
33.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Air. Wide Spread His Name
02:21
34.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Recitative. Return, Septimius, To The Stubborn Maid
00:34
35.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Chorus. Venus Laughing From The Skies
01:17
36.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Sinfonia
00:57
37.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Recitative. O Thou Bright Sun!
00:36
38.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Air. With Darkness Deep As Is My Woe
04:07
39.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Symphony Of Soft Musick
01:29
40.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Recitative. But Why Art Thou Disquieted, My Soul?
00:27
41.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Air. O That I On Wings Cou’d Rise
03:21
42.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Recitative. Long Have I Known Thy Friendly Social Soul
01:06
43.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Air. Tho’ The Honours
03:48
44.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Recitative. O Save Her Then, Or Give Me Pow’r To Save
00:40
45.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Air. Deeds Of Kindness To Display
06:29
46.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Recitative. The Clouds Begin To Veil The Hemisphere
00:42
47.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Air. Defend Her, Heav’n
05:37
48.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Recitative. Or Lull’d With Grief
00:34
49.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Air. Sweet Rose, & Lily
02:41
50.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Recitative. O Save Me, Heav’n
01:09
51.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Air. The Pilgrim’s Home
03:20
52.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Recitative, Accompany’d 'Forbid It, Heav’n!
00:25
53.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Recitative. Or Say, What Right Have I
01:19
54.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Duet. To Thee, Thou Glorious Son Of Worth
04:29
55.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Recitative. ’Tis Night
00:55
56.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. II: Chorus. He Saw The Lovely Youth
04:32
57.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Air. Lord To Thee, Each Night, & Day
05:21
58.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Recitative. But See, The Good, The Virtuous Didymus!
00:36
59.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Air. When Sunk In Anguish, & Despair
03:50
60.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Chorus. Blest Be The Hand
03:09
61.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Recitative. Undaunted In The Court Stands Didymus
00:49
62.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Recitative, Accompany’d 'O My Irene, Heav’n Is Kind
00:26
63.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Recitative. Stay Me Not, Dear Friend
00:11
64.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Duet. Whither, Princess, Do You Fly
01:14
65.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Recitative. She’s Gone, Disdaining Liberty & Life
00:40
66.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Air. New Scenes Of Joy Come Crowding On
03:57
67.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Recitative. Is It A Christian Virtue Then
01:03
68.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Recitative. Be That My Doom
01:03
69.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Air. From Virtue Springs Each Generous Deed
06:06
70.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Air. Cease, Ye Slaves, Your Fruitless Pray’r
01:07
71.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Recitative. ’Tis Kind, My Friends
00:48
72.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Chorus. How Strange Their Ends
03:19
73.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Recitative. On Me Your Frowns
00:30
74.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Air. Ye Ministers Of Justice
01:22
75.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Recitative. And Must Such Beauty Suffer!
00:53
76.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Air. Streams Of Pleasure Ever Flowing’ / Duet. Thither Let Our Hearts Asp
06:02
77.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Recitative. Ere This Their Doom Is Past
00:26
78.
Theodora, HWV 68, Pt. III: Chorus. O Love Divine, Thou Source Of Fame
03:09

Total time: 02:57:46

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31 March-6 April 2023, St Augustine’s Church, Kilburn, London (England)

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HUGUES DESCHAUX

Release DateMarch 1, 2024

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HUGUES DESCHAUX

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Now comes a proper recording from serious, musical singers, an orchestra strongly versed in the milieu directed by a conductor who knows precisely how to gauge and measure each orchestral effect. The result is a reading in which depth, gravity, tragedy and ultimate consolation are always foremost and in which tricksy decorations, explosive orchestral gestures, and a general air of triviality are wholly absent.

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