Annotation

Cast

Jupiter: John Aler
Cadmus: Samuel Ramey
Semele: Kathleen Battle
Athamas: Michael Chance
Ino: Marilyn Horne
Somnus: Samuel Ramey
Apollo: Neil Mackie
Juno: Marilyn Horne
Iris: Sylvia McNair
Priest: Mark S. Doss

Chorus
Priests and Augurs, Loves and Zephyrs, Nymphs and Swains

Recording: London, Abbey Road Studio No. 1, 5/1990

For complete relationships, cast and recording data see disc 1

For complete relationships, cast and recording data see disc 1

Annotation last modified on 2007-06-30 14:45 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Rating Length
1 Semele: Ouverture. Gavotte
9:04
2 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Accompagnato "Behold! auspicious flashes rise!" (Priest)
1:26
3 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Chorus "Lucky omens bless our rites" (Priests)
3:08
4 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Recitative and Arioso "Daughter, obey, hear and obey!" (Cadmus, Athamas)
0:58
5 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Accompagnato "Ah me! What refuge now is left for me?" - Air "O Jove! in pity teach me which to choose" (Semele)
2:44
6 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Air "The morning lark to mine accords his note" (Semele)
7:05
7 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Recitative "See, she blushing turns her eyes" (Athamas)
0:18
8 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Air "Hymen, haste, thy torch prepare" (Athamas)
4:38
9 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Recitative "Alas! she yields, and has undone me" (Ino, Athamas, Semele)
0:48
10 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Quartetto "Why dost thou thus untimely grieve" (Cadmus, Ino, Athamas, Semele)
2:45
11 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Chorus "Avert these omens, all ye pow'rs!" (Priests)
2:00
12 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Accompagnato "Again auspicious flashes rise" (Cadmus)
0:39
13 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Recitative "Thy aid, pronubial Juno, Athamas implores!" (Athamas, Semele)
0:17
14 Semele: Act I, Scene I. Chorus "Cease, cease your vows, 'tis impious to proceed" (Priests)
0:36
15 Semele: Act I, Scene II. Recitative "O Athamas, what torture hast thou borne!" (Athamas)
0:30
16 Semele: Act I, Scene II. Air "Turn, hopeless lover, turn thy eyes" (Ino)
8:26
17 Semele: Act I, Scene II. Recitative "She weeps!" (Athamas)
0:25
18 Semele: Act I, Scene II. Air "Your tuneful voice my tale would tell" (Athamas)
4:56
19 Semele: Act I, Scene II. Recitative "Too well I see, thou wilt not understand me" (Ino, Athamas)
0:47
20 Semele: Act I, Scene II. Duetto "You've undone me" / "With my life I would atone" (Ino, Athamas)
2:29
21 Semele: Act I, Scene III. "Ah, wretched prince, doom'd to disastrous love!" - "Wing'd with our fears and pious haste" - "O prodigy, to me of dire portent!" / Scene IV. "See, see, Jove's Priests and holy Augurs come"
2:07
22 Semele: Act I, Scene IV. Chorus "Hail Cadmus, hail!" (Priests, Augurs)
1:34
23 Semele: Act I, Scene IV. Air and Chorus "Endless pleasure, endless love" (Semele, Chorus)
4:30
CD 2
# Title Rating Length
1 Semele: Act II. Sinfonia
1:31
2 Semele: Act II, Scene I. Recitative "Iris, impatient of thy stay" (Juno, Iris)
0:46
3 Semele: Act II, Scene I. Air "There from mortal cares retiring" (Iris)
3:27
4 Semele: Act II, Scene I. Recitative "No more - I'll hear no more!" (Juno) - Accompagnato "Awake Saturnia from thy lethargy!" (Juno, Iris)
1:55
5 Semele: Act II, Scene I. Air "Hence, Iris, hence away" (Juno)
3:23
6 Semele: Act II, Scene II. Air "O sleep, why dost thou leave me?" (Semele)
3:10
7 Semele: Act II, Scene III. Recitative "Let me not another moment bear the pangs of absence" (Semele)
0:16
8 Semele: Act II, Scene III. Air "Lay your doubts and fears aside" (Jupiter)
3:02
9 Semele: Act II, Scene III. Recitative "You are mortal and require time to rest" (Jupiter)
0:23
10 Semele: Act II, Scene III. Air "With fond desiring" (Semele)
2:54
11 Semele: Act II, Scene III. Chorus "How engaging, how endearing" (Loves, Zephyrs)
3:06
12 Semele: Act II, Scene III. Recitative "Ah me!" - "Why sighs my Semele?" (Semele, Jupiter)
1:23
13 Semele: Act II, Scene III. Air "I must with speed amuse her" (Jupiter)
3:44
14 Semele: Act II, Scene III. Chorus "Now Love that everlasting boy invites" (Loves, Zephyrs)
2:21
15 Semele: Act II, Scene III. Recitative "By my command" (Jupiter, Semele)
1:18
16 Semele: Act II, Scene III. Air "Where'er you walk" (Jupiter)
4:53
17 Semele: Act II, Scene IV. Recitative "Dear sister, how was your passage hither?" (Semele, Ino)
0:46
18 Semele: Act II, Scene IV. Air "But hark! the heav'nly sphere turns round" (Ino)
2:14
19 Semele: Act II, Scene IV. Duetto "Prepare then, ye immortal choir" (Semele, Ino)
2:02
20 Semele: Act II, Scene IV. Chorus "Bless the glad earth with heav'nly lays" (Nymphs, Swains)
2:43
CD 3
# Title Rating Length
1 Semele: Act III. Symphony. Larghetto e piano per tutto
1:22
2 Semele: Act III, Scene I. Accompagnato "Somnus, awake, raise thy reclining head!" (Juno, Iris)
0:31
3 Semele: Act III, Scene I. Air "Leave me, loathsome light" (Somnus)
3:07
4 Semele: Act III, Scene I. Recitative "Dull God, canst thou attend the water's fall" (Iris, Juno)
0:40
5 Semele: Act III, Scene I. Air "More sweet is that name" (Somnus)
2:14
6 Semele: Act III, Scene I. Recitative "My will obey, she shall be thine" (Juno, Somnus)
1:23
7 Semele: Act III, Scene I. Duetto "Obey my will" / "All I must grant" (Juno, Somnus)
1:53
8 Semele: Act III, Scene II. Air "My racking thoughts by no kind slumbers freed" (Semele)
2:53
9 Semele: Act III, Scene III. Recitative "Thus shap'd like Ino" (Juno, Semele)
1:14
10 Semele: Act III, Scene III. Air "Behold in this mirror" (Juno)
2:40
11 Semele: Act III, Scene III. Recitative "O ecstasy of happiness" (Semele)
0:19
12 Semele: Act III, Scene III. Air "Myself I shall adore" (Semele)
6:39
13 Semele: Act III, Scene III. Recitative "Be wise, as you are beautiful" (Juno, Semele)
0:37
14 Semele: Act III, Scene III. Accompagnato "Conjure him by his oath" (Juno)
1:28
15 Semele: Act III, Scene III. Air "Thus let my thanks be paid" (Semele)
2:13
16 Semele: Act III, Scene III. Recitative "Rich odours fill the fragrant air" (Juno, Semele)
0:32
17 Semele: Act III, Scene IV. Air "Come to my arms, my lovely fair" (Jupiter)
2:58
18 Semele: Act III, Scene IV. Recitative "O Semele! Why art thou thus insensible?" (Jupiter) - Air "I ever am granting, you always complain" (Semele)
1:42
19 Semele: Act III, Scene IV. Recitative "Speak, speak your desire" (Jupiter, Semele)
0:15
20 Semele: Act III, Scene IV. Accompagnato "By that tremendous flood, I swear" (Jupiter)
0:27
21 Semele: Act III, Scene IV. Recitative "You'll grant what I require?" (Semele, Jupiter) - Accompagnato "Then cast off this human shape" (Semele)
0:34
22 Semele: Act III, Scene IV. Air "Ah, take heed what you press" (Jupiter)
1:11
23 Semele: Act III, Scene IV. Air "No, no! I'll take no less" (Semele)
5:14
24 Semele: Act III, Scene V. Accompagnato "Ah! whither is she gone!" (Jupiter)
3:01
25 Semele: Act III, Scene VI. Air "Above measure is the pleasure, which my revenge supplies" (Juno)
2:22
26 Semele: Act III, Scene VII. Accompagnato "Ah me! too late I now repent" (Semele)
3:44
27 Semele: Act III, Scene VIII. Recitative "Of my ill-boding dream" (Ino)
0:21
28 Semele: Act III, Scene VIII. Chorus "Oh, terror and astonishment!" (Chorus)
3:56
29 Semele: Act III, Scene VIII. Recitative "How I was hence remov'd" (Ino, Cadmus, Athamas)
1:00
30 Semele: Act III, Scene VIII. Air "Despair no more shall wound me" (Athamas)
5:03
31 Semele: Act III, Scene VIII. Recitative "See from above the bellying clouds descend" (Cadmus)
0:17
32 Semele: Act III, Scene the last. Sinfonia
1:29
33 Semele: Act III, Scene the last. Accompagnato "Apollo comes, to relieve your care" (Apollo)
0:57
34 Semele: Act III, Scene the last. Chorus "Happy, happy shall we be" (Chorus)
2:56

Credits

CD 3

composer:
George Frideric Handel (German‐British baroque composer) (track 12)
part of:
recording of:

Release

bass vocals: Samuel Ramey (bass-baritone & bass)
bass-baritone vocals: Mark S. Doss
choir vocals: The Ambrosian Singers
chorus master: John McCarthy (British choral conductor, scholar, composer and arranger)
conductor: John Nelson (American conductor)
countertenor vocals: Michael Chance (British countertenor)
mezzo-soprano vocals: Marilyn Horne
orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
soprano vocals: Kathleen Battle
Sylvia McNair
tenor vocals: John Aler
Neil Mackie
ASIN: DE: B000001GGP [info]