In Spring 2019, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, led by John Eliot Gardiner, presented a critically-acclaimed European tour of Handel's opera 'Semele', including Alexandra Palace Theatre in London, where this live recording took place. Semele had not been performed by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi ensembles since they originally recorded it in the 1980s and this recording gives listeners the chance to hear a fuller version of the work. A glamorous team of young soloists joins the Monteverdi ensembles to bring the story of Semele to life, including celebrated English soprano Louise Alder, who takes on the title role, with the young tenor Hugo Hymas portraying the amorous Jupiter. "Semele's musical score is a glorious blend of irresistible solo arias - some virtuosic showstoppers, others lyrical, sensual and evocative, ensembles, duets, accompanied recitatives and (unlike his operas) imposing choruses. Still more than when I first performed it and recorded it almost forty years ago, I feel Semele's time has finally come." (John Eliot Gardiner)
In Spring 2019, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, led by John Eliot Gardiner, presented a critically-acclaimed European tour of Handel's opera 'Semele', including Alexandra Palace Theatre in London, where this live recording took place. Semele had not been performed by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi ensembles since they originally recorded it in the 1980s and this recording gives listeners the chance to hear a fuller version of the work. A glamorous team of young soloists joins the Monteverdi ensembles to bring the story of Semele to life, including celebrated English soprano Louise Alder, who takes on the title role, with the young tenor Hugo Hymas portraying the amorous Jupiter. "Semele's musical score is a glorious blend of irresistible solo arias - some virtuosic showstoppers, others lyrical, sensual and evocative, ensembles, duets, accompanied recitatives and (unlike his operas) imposing choruses. Still more than when I first performed it and recorded it almost forty years ago, I feel Semele's time has finally come." (John Eliot Gardiner)
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Label: SDG
Rel. Date: 10/02/2020
UPC: 843183073320

Handel: Semele, Hwv 58 (Live)
Artist: Louise Alder
Format: CD
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1. Semele, Hwv 58: Overture (Live)
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2. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I: Gavotte (Live)
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3. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 1: Behold! Auspicious Flashes Rise (Live)
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4. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 1: Lucky Omens Bless Our Rites (Live)
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5. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 1: Daughter, Obey (Live)
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6. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 1: Ah Me! (Live)
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7. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 1: O Jove! In Pity Teach Me Which To Choose (Live)
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8. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 1: Alas! She Yields (Live)
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9. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 1: Why Dost Thou Thus Untimely Grieve (Live)
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10. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 1: Avert These Omens, All Ye Pow'rs (Live)
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11. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 1: Again Auspicious Flashes Rise (Live)
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12. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 1: Cease, Cease Your Vows, 'tis Impious To Proceed (Live)
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13. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 2: Turn, Hopeless Lover, Turn Thy Eyes (Live)
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14. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 2: Your Tuneful Voice My Tale Would Tell (Live)
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15. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 2: Too Well I See (Live)
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16. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 2: You've Undone Me (Live)
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17. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 3: Ah! Wretched Prince (Live)
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18. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 4: Hail Cadmus, Hail! (Live)
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19. Semele, Hwv 58, Act I Scene 4: Endless Pleasure, Endless Love (Live)
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1. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II: Sinfonia (Live)
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2. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 1: Iris, Impatient Of Thy Stay (Live)
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3. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 1: There, From Mortal Cares Retiring (Live)
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4. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 1: Awake, Saturnia, From Thy Lethargy! (Live)
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5. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 1: Hence, Iris, Hence Away (Live)
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6. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 2: Come, Zephyrs, Come, While Cupid Sings (Live)
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7. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 2: O Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave Me (Live)
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8. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 3: Let Me Not Another Moment (Live)
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9. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 3: Lay Your Doubts And Fears Aside (Live)
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10. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 3: You Are Mortal And Require (Live)
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11. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 3: With Fond Desiring (Live)
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12. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 3: How Engaging, How Endearing (Live)
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13. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 3: Ah, Me! (Live)
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14. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 3: I Must With Speed Amuse Her (Live)
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15. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 3: Now Love That Everlasting Boy Invites (Live)
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16. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 3: By My Command (Live)
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17. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 3: Where'er You Walk, Cool Gales Shall Fan The Glade (Live)
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18. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 4: Dear Sister, How Was Your Passage Hither? (Live)
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19. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 4: But Hark! The Heav'nly Sphere Turns Round (Live)
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20. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 4: Prepare Then, Ye Immortal Choir (Live)
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21. Semele, Hwv 58, Act II Scene 4: Bless The Glad Earth With Heav'nly Lays (Live)
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1. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III: Sinfonia (Live)
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2. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 1: Somnus, Awake (Live)
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3. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 1: Leave Me, Loathsome Light (Live)
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4. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 1: Dull God, Canst Thou Attend The Water's Fall (Live)
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5. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 1: More Sweet Is That Name (Live)
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6. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 1: My Will Obey (Live)
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7. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 1: Obey My Will, Thy Rod Resign (Live)
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8. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 2: My Racking Thoughts By No Kind Slumbers Freed (Live)
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9. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 3: Thus Shap'd Like Ino (Live)
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10. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 3: Myself I Shall Adore (Live)
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11. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 3: Be Wise As You Are Beautiful (Live)
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12. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 3: Thus Let My Thanks Be Paid (Live)
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13. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 3: Rich Odours Fill The Fragrant Air (Live)
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14. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 4: Come To My Arms, My Lovely Fair (Live)
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15. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 4: O Semele! (Live)
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16. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 4: Speak, Speak Your Desire (Live)
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17. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 4: Ah, Take Heed What You Press (Live)
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18. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 4: No, No, I'll Take No Less (Live)
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19. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 5: Ah, Whither Is She Gone, Unhappy Fair? (Live)
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20. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 6: Above Measure (Live)
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21. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 7: Ah Me! Too Late I Now Repent (Live)
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22. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 8: O Terror And Astonishment! (Live)
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23. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 8: How I Was Hence Remov'd (Live)
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24. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 8: Despair No More Shall Wound Me (Live)
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25. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 8: See From Above The Bellying Clouds Descend (Live)
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26. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 9: Sinfonia (Live)
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27. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 9: Apollo Comes, To Relieve Your Care (Live)
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28. Semele, Hwv 58, Act III Scene 9: Happy, Happy We Shall Be (Live)
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In Spring 2019, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, led by John Eliot Gardiner, presented a critically-acclaimed European tour of Handel's opera 'Semele', including Alexandra Palace Theatre in London, where this live recording took place. Semele had not been performed by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi ensembles since they originally recorded it in the 1980s and this recording gives listeners the chance to hear a fuller version of the work. A glamorous team of young soloists joins the Monteverdi ensembles to bring the story of Semele to life, including celebrated English soprano Louise Alder, who takes on the title role, with the young tenor Hugo Hymas portraying the amorous Jupiter. "Semele's musical score is a glorious blend of irresistible solo arias - some virtuosic showstoppers, others lyrical, sensual and evocative, ensembles, duets, accompanied recitatives and (unlike his operas) imposing choruses. Still more than when I first performed it and recorded it almost forty years ago, I feel Semele's time has finally come." (John Eliot Gardiner)