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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
Studio Master: CKD397Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Handel: English Arias
CDH55419Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
The James Bowman Collection
This album is not yet available for downloadKING3Super-budget price sampler — Archive Service

Details

Act 1 Overture Movement 1: Andante
Track 1 on CKD397 CD1 [1'58] Download only
Act 1 Overture Movement 2: Larghetto
Track 2 on CKD397 CD1 [2'35] Download only
Act 1 Overture Movement 3: Allegro
Track 3 on CKD397 CD1 [2'27] Download only
Act 1 Overture: Andante – Larghetto – Allegro
Track 7 on CDH55419 [6'28] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Act 1 Scene 1 No 1. Recitative: 'Tis greater far to spare, than to destroy (Habdonah/Haman)
Track 4 on CKD397 CD1 [0'41] Download only
Act 1 Scene 1 No 2. Air: Pluck root and branch from out the land (Haman)
Track 5 on CKD397 CD1 [1'59] Download only
Act 1 Scene 1 No 3. Recitative: Our souls with ardour glow (Officer)
Track 6 on CKD397 CD1 [0'07] Download only
Act 1 Scene 1 No 4. Chorus: Shall we the God of Israel fear?
Track 7 on CKD397 CD1 [1'51] Download only
Act 1 Scene 2 No 1. Recitative: Now persecution shall lay by her iron rod (1st Israelite)
Track 8 on CKD397 CD1 [0'16] Download only
Act 1 Scene 2 No 2. Air: Tune your harps to cheerful strains (1st Israelite)
Track 9 on CKD397 CD1 [4'21] Download only
Act 1 Scene 2 No 5. Air: Praise the Lord with cheerful noise (Israelite Boy)
Track 12 on CKD397 CD1 [5'38] Download only
Act 1 Scene 2 No 6. Chorus: Shall we of servitude complain?
Track 13 on CKD397 CD1 [1'24] 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)
Track 14 on CDH55419 [5'06] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 12 on KING3 [5'06] Super-budget price sampler — Archive Service
Act 1 Scene 3 No 1. Recitative: How have our sins provok'd the Lord! (Priest of the Israelites)
Track 14 on CKD397 CD1 [1'05] Download only
Act 1 Scene 3 No 2. Chorus: Ye sons of Israel mourn
Track 15 on CKD397 CD1 [1'52] Download only
Act 1 Scene 3 No 3. Air: O Jordan, Jordan, sacred tide (Priest of the Israelites)
Track 16 on CKD397 CD1 [7'42] Download only
Act 1 Scene 3 No 4. Chorus: Ye sons of Israel mourn
Track 17 on CKD397 CD1 [2'01] Download only
Act 2 Scene 1 No 1. Recitative: Why sits that sorrow on thy brow? (Esther/Mordecai)
Track 18 on CKD397 CD1 [1'02] Download only
Act 2 Scene 1 No 2: Dread not, righteous Queen, the danger (Mordecai)
Track 19 on CKD397 CD1 [4'25] Download only
Act 2 Scene 1 No 3. Recitative: I go before the King to stand (Esther)
Track 20 on CKD397 CD1 [0'13] Download only
Act 2 Scene 1 No 4. Air: Tears assist me, pity moving (Esther)
Track 21 on CKD397 CD1 [2'50] Download only
Act 2 Scene 1 No 5. Chorus: Save us, O Lord
Track 22 on CKD397 CD1 [1'27] Download only
Act 2 Scene 2 No 1. Recitative: Who dares intrude into our presence without our leave? (Assuerus/Esther)
Track 23 on CKD397 CD1 [1'09] Download only
Act 2 Scene 2 No 2. Duet: Who calls my parting soul from death? (Esther/Assuerus)
Track 24 on CKD397 CD1 [2'46] Download only
Act 2 Scene 2 No 3. Air: O beauteous Queen, unclose those eyes! (Assuerus)
Track 25 on CKD397 CD1 [7'18] Download only
Act 2 Scene 2 No 3. Chorus: Shall we of servitude complain?
Track 10 on CKD397 CD1 [1'24] Download only
Act 2 Scene 2 No 4. Recitative: If I find favour in thy sight (Esther)
Track 26 on CKD397 CD1 [0'20] Download only
Act 2 Scene 2 No 4. Recitative: O God, who from the suckling's mouth (Israelite Boy)
Track 11 on CKD397 CD1 [0'16] Download only
Act 2 Scene 2 No 5. Air: How can I stay, when love invites? (Assuerus)
Track 2 on CDH55419 [3'02] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 27 on CKD397 CD1 [3'09] Download only
Act 2 Scene 3 No 1. Recitative: With inward joy his visage grows (1st Israelite/2nd Israelite)
Track 28 on CKD397 CD1 [0'16] Download only
Act 2 Scene 3 No 2. Chorus: Virtue, truth, and innocence
Track 29 on CKD397 CD1 [2'43] Download only
Act 3 Scene 1 No 1. Air: Jehovah crown'd with glory bright (Priest of the Israelites)
Track 1 on CKD397 CD2 [1'58] Download only
Act 3 Scene 1 No 2. Chorus: He comes, he comes to end our woes
Track 2 on CKD397 CD2 [4'17] Download only
Act 3 Scene 2 No 1. Recitative: Now, O Queen, thy suit declare (Assuerus/Esther)
Track 3 on CKD397 CD2 [1'38] Download only
Act 3 Scene 2 No 2. Accompagnato: Turn not, O Queen, thy face away (Haman)
Track 4 on CKD397 CD2 [2'36] Download only
Act 3 Scene 2 No 3. Air: Flatt'ring tongue, no more I hear thee! (Esther)
Track 5 on CKD397 CD2 [4'52] Download only
Act 3 Scene 2 No 4. Recitative: Guards, seize the traitor, bear him hence! (Assuerus)
Track 6 on CKD397 CD2 [0'40] Download only
Act 3 Scene 2 No 5. Air: How art thou fall'n from thy height! (Haman)
Track 7 on CKD397 CD2 [6'10] Download only
Act 3 Scene 3. Chorus with soli: The Lord our enemy has slain
Track 8 on CKD397 CD2 [11'57] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CKD397 disc 1 track 4

Act 1 Scene 1 No 1, Recitative: 'Tis greater far to spare, than to destroy (Habdonah/Haman)
Artists
ISRC
GB-ASH-12-39704
Duration
0'41
Recording date
15 July 2011
Recording venue
Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, Scotland
Recording producer
Philip Hobbs
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs & Robert Cammidge
Hyperion usage
  1. Handel: Esther (CKD397)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: May 2012
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