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Esther, HWV50a
composer
1718, repeatedly revised up to 1735; also called Haman and Mordecai
author of text
attributed
author of text
with John Arbuthnot and possibly others

Recordings
'Handel: Esther' (CKD397)
Handel: Esther
CKD397  2CDs Download only  
'Handel: English Arias' (CDH55419)
Handel: English Arias
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55419  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The James Bowman Collection' (KING3)
The James Bowman Collection
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) KING3  Super-budget price sampler — Archive Service  
Details
Act 1 Overture Movement 1: Andante
Track 1 on CKD397 CD1 [1'58] 2CDs Download only
Act 1 Overture Movement 2: Larghetto
Track 2 on CKD397 CD1 [2'35] 2CDs Download only
Act 1 Overture Movement 3: Allegro
Track 3 on CKD397 CD1 [2'27] 2CDs Download only
Act 1 Overture: Andante – Larghetto – Allegro
Act 1 Scene 1 No 1. Recitative: 'Tis greater far to spare, than to destroy (Habdonah/Haman)
Act 1 Scene 1 No 2. Air: Pluck root and branch from out the land (Haman)
Act 1 Scene 1 No 3. Recitative: Our souls with ardour glow (Officer)
Act 1 Scene 1 No 4. Chorus: Shall we the God of Israel fear?
Track 7 on CKD397 CD1 [1'51] 2CDs Download only
Act 1 Scene 2 No 1. Recitative: Now persecution shall lay by her iron rod (1st Israelite)
Act 1 Scene 2 No 2. Air: Tune your harps to cheerful strains (1st Israelite)
Act 1 Scene 2 No 5. Air: Praise the Lord with cheerful noise (Israelite Boy)
Act 1 Scene 2 No 6. Chorus: Shall we of servitude complain?
Track 13 on CKD397 CD1 [1'24] 2CDs Download only
Act 1 Scene 2 Nos 1-2. Recitative – Aria: Now persecution shall lay by her iron rod – Tune your harps to cheerful strains (1st Israelite)
Act 1 Scene 3 No 1. Recitative: How have our sins provok'd the Lord! (Priest of the Israelites)
Act 1 Scene 3 No 2. Chorus: Ye sons of Israel mourn
Track 15 on CKD397 CD1 [1'52] 2CDs Download only
Act 1 Scene 3 No 3. Air: O Jordan, Jordan, sacred tide (Priest of the Israelites)
Act 1 Scene 3 No 4. Chorus: Ye sons of Israel mourn
Track 17 on CKD397 CD1 [2'01] 2CDs Download only
Act 2 Scene 1 No 1. Recitative: Why sits that sorrow on thy brow? (Esther/Mordecai)
Act 2 Scene 1 No 2: Dread not, righteous Queen, the danger (Mordecai)
Act 2 Scene 1 No 3. Recitative: I go before the King to stand (Esther)
Act 2 Scene 1 No 4. Air: Tears assist me, pity moving (Esther)
Act 2 Scene 1 No 5. Chorus: Save us, O Lord
Track 22 on CKD397 CD1 [1'27] 2CDs Download only
Act 2 Scene 2 No 1. Recitative: Who dares intrude into our presence without our leave? (Assuerus/Esther)
Act 2 Scene 2 No 2. Duet: Who calls my parting soul from death? (Esther/Assuerus)
Act 2 Scene 2 No 3. Air: O beauteous Queen, unclose those eyes! (Assuerus)
Act 2 Scene 2 No 3. Chorus: Shall we of servitude complain?
Track 10 on CKD397 CD1 [1'24] 2CDs Download only
Act 2 Scene 2 No 4. Recitative: If I find favour in thy sight (Esther)
Act 2 Scene 2 No 4. Recitative: O God, who from the suckling's mouth (Israelite Boy)
Act 2 Scene 2 No 5. Air: How can I stay, when love invites? (Assuerus)
Act 2 Scene 3 No 1. Recitative: With inward joy his visage grows (1st Israelite/2nd Israelite)
Act 2 Scene 3 No 2. Chorus: Virtue, truth, and innocence
Track 29 on CKD397 CD1 [2'43] 2CDs Download only
Act 3 Scene 1 No 1. Air: Jehovah crown'd with glory bright (Priest of the Israelites)
Act 3 Scene 1 No 2. Chorus: He comes, he comes to end our woes
Track 2 on CKD397 CD2 [4'17] 2CDs Download only
Act 3 Scene 2 No 1. Recitative: Now, O Queen, thy suit declare (Assuerus/Esther)
Act 3 Scene 2 No 2. Accompagnato: Turn not, O Queen, thy face away (Haman)
Act 3 Scene 2 No 3. Air: Flatt'ring tongue, no more I hear thee! (Esther)
Act 3 Scene 2 No 4. Recitative: Guards, seize the traitor, bear him hence! (Assuerus)
Act 3 Scene 2 No 5. Air: How art thou fall'n from thy height! (Haman)
Act 3 Scene 3. Chorus with soli: The Lord our enemy has slain

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Details for CDH55419 track 2
Act 2 Scene 2 No 5, Air: How can I stay, when love invites? (Assuerus)
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-79702
Duration
3'02
Recording date
11 March 1995
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Handel: English Arias (CDA66797)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: October 1995
    Deletion date: February 2010
    Superseded by CDH55419
  2. Handel: English Arias (CDH55419)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: January 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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