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Chandos’s new entrant is the first early-instrument Semele to be recorded absolutely complete… Thanks no doubt to stage experience as Semele, Rosemary Joshua brings irresistible unforced charm to her every scene. There is character in even the smallest phrases…Chandos provides clear, natural sound.

Gramophone 'Editor's Choice'

Christian Curnyn understands the unique tinta of this gorgeous score, and directs his spruce period band with a nice blend of nonchalant elegance and dramatic energy. Tempi are shrewdly judged, rhythms light and supple, and recitatives tumble inevitably into arias…. As at the English National opera, rosemary Joshua, radiant of tone, dazzling coloratura, makes Semele far more than an over-sexed airhead… this becomes a clear first choice for an ever enticing work.

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Semele, HWV 58 169:13   $
Overture: ( — ) 02:32   $
Overture: Allegro - Adagio 03:41   $
Overture: Gavotte 01:30   $
Act I Scene 1: Behold! Auspicious flashes rise! (Cadmus) 01:23   $
Act I Scene 1: Lucky omens bless our rites (Chorus) 03:15   $
Act I Scene 1: Daughter, obey (Cadmus) 00:55   $
Act I Scene 1: Ah me! What refuge now is left me? (Semele) 02:43   $
Act I Scene 1: The morning lark to mine accords his note (Semele) 07:25   $
Act I Scene 1: See, she blushing turns her eyes (Athamus) 00:16   $
Act I Scene 1: Hymen, haste, thy torch prepare (Athamus) 04:46   $
Act I Scene 1: Alas! she yields (Ino) 00:42   $
Act I Scene 1: Why dost thou thus untimely grieve (Cadmus) 03:02   $
Act I Scene 1: Avert these omens, all ye pow'rs! (Chorus) 02:00   $
Act I Scene 1: Again auspicious flashes rise (Cadmus) 00:38   $
Act I Scene 1: Thy aid, pronubial Juno, Athamas implores (Athamus) 00:14   $
Act I Scene 1: Cease, cease your vows, 'tis impious to proceed (Chorus) 00:32   $
Act I Scene 2: O Athamus, what torture hast thou borne! (Athamus) 00:29   $
Act I Scene 2: Turn, hopeless lover, turn thy eyes (Ino) 08:01   $
Act I Scene 2: She weeps! The gentle maid, in tender pity (Athamus) 00:18   $
Act I Scene 2: Your tuneful voice my tale would tell (Athamus) 03:50   $
Act I Scene 2: Too well I see (Ino) 00:43   $
Act I Scene 2: You've undone me (Ino) 02:26   $
Act I Scene 3: Ah, wretched Prince, doom'd to disastrous love! - Scene 4: See, see, Jove's Priests and holy Augurs come (Cadmus) 02:08   $
Act I Scene 4: Hail, Cadmus, hail! Jove salutes the Theban King (Chorus) 01:30   $
Act I Scene 4: Endless pleasure, endless love (Semele) 04:50   $

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Recorded in: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, 16-20 April 2007.

Handel: Semele

Category Opera

Period Baroque

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