℗ 2020 SDG
Released June 26, 2020
Duration 2h 35m 40s
Record Label SDG
Catalogue No. SDG733
Genre Classical (Opera)
 

Handel: Semele, HWV 58 (Live)

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Dan D’Souza, Monteverdi Choir, Carlo Vistoli, Gianluca Buratto, Louise Alder, Lucile Richardot, Angharad Rowlands, Emily Owen, Angela Hicks, Hugo Hymas, Peter Davoren

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Semele, HWV 58  
1.1
Overture (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
4:55
Semele, HWV 58, Act I  
1.2
Gavotte (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:44
Semele, HWV 58, Act I Scene 1  
1.3
Behold! Auspicious Flashes Rise (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Dan D’Souza; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:32
1.4
Lucky Omens Bless Our Rites (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; John Eliot Gardiner
3:14
1.5
Daughter, Obey (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Carlo Vistoli; Gianluca Buratto; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:01
1.6
Ah Me! (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:01
1.7
O Jove! In Pity Teach Me Which to Choose (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:57
1.8
Alas! She Yields (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Carlo Vistoli; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:44
1.9
Why Dost Thou Thus Untimely Grieve (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Gianluca Buratto; Lucile Richardot; Carlo Vistoli; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
2:59
1.10
Avert These Omens, All Ye Pow'rs (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; John Eliot Gardiner
2:02
1.11
Again Auspicious Flashes Rise (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Gianluca Buratto; Carlo Vistoli; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:00
1.12
Cease, Cease Your Vows, 'Tis Impious to Proceed (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; John Eliot Gardiner
0:33
Semele, HWV 58, Act I Scene 2  
1.13
Turn, Hopeless Lover, Turn Thy Eyes (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Carlo Vistoli; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:44
1.14
Your Tuneful Voice My Tale Would Tell (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Carlo Vistoli; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
4:41
1.15
Too Well I See (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Carlo Vistoli; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:47
1.16
You've Undone Me (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Carlo Vistoli; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
2:37
Semele, HWV 58, Act I Scene 3  
1.17
Ah! Wretched Prince (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Gianluca Buratto; Carlo Vistoli; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:34
Semele, HWV 58, Act I Scene 4  
1.18
Hail Cadmus, Hail! (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; John Eliot Gardiner
1:23
1.19
Endless Pleasure, Endless Love (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Angharad Rowlands; English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; John Eliot Gardiner
5:35
Semele, HWV 58, Act II  
2.1
Sinfonia (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:31
Semele, HWV 58, Act II Scene 1  
2.2
Iris, Impatient of Thy Stay (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Emily Owen; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:47
2.3
There, from Mortal Cares Retiring (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Emily Owen; Lucile Richardot; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
2:54
2.4
Awake, Saturnia, from Thy Lethargy! (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Emily Owen; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:49
2.5
Hence, Iris, Hence Away (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
3:34
Semele, HWV 58, Act II Scene 2  
2.6
Come, Zephyrs, Come, While Cupid Sings (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Angela Hicks; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
5:40
2.7
O Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave Me (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
3:22
Semele, HWV 58, Act II Scene 3  
2.8
Let Me Not Another Moment (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:18
2.9
Lay Your Doubts and Fears Aside (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Hugo Hymas; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
3:09
2.10
You Are Mortal and Require (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Hugo Hymas; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:25
2.11
With Fond Desiring (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
2:56
2.12
How Engaging, How Endearing (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; John Eliot Gardiner
2:49
2.13
Ah, Me! (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; Hugo Hymas; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:09
2.14
I Must with Speed Amuse Her (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Hugo Hymas; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
3:48
2.15
Now Love That Everlasting Boy Invites (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; John Eliot Gardiner
2:19
2.16
By My Command (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Hugo Hymas; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:15
2.17
Where'er You Walk, Cool Gales Shall Fan the Glade (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Hugo Hymas; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
5:25
Semele, HWV 58, Act II Scene 4  
2.18
Dear Sister, How Was Your Passage Hither? (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; Lucile Richardot; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:53
2.19
But Hark! The Heav'nly Sphere Turns Round (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:53
2.20
Prepare Then, Ye Immortal Choir (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; Lucile Richardot; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
2:09
2.21
Bless the Glad Earth with Heav'nly Lays (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; John Eliot Gardiner
2:47
Semele, HWV 58, Act III  
3.1
Sinfonia (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:38
Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene 1  
3.2
Somnus, Awake (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Emily Owen; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:30
3.3
Leave Me, Loathsome Light (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Gianluca Buratto; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
3:39
3.4
Dull God, Canst Thou Attend the Water's Fall (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Emily Owen; Lucile Richardot; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:34
3.5
More Sweet Is That Name (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Gianluca Buratto; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
2:28
3.6
My Will Obey (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Gianluca Buratto; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:21
3.7
Obey My Will, Thy Rod Resign (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Gianluca Buratto; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
2:04
Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene 2  
3.8
My Racking Thoughts by No Kind Slumbers Freed (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
3:11
Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene 3  
3.9
Thus Shap'd Like Ino (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:33
3.10
Myself I Shall Adore (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
6:39
3.11
Be Wise As You Are Beautiful (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:43
3.12
Thus Let My Thanks Be Paid (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
2:46
3.13
Rich Odours Fill the Fragrant Air (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:25
Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene 4  
3.14
Come to My Arms, My Lovely Fair (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Hugo Hymas; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
3:33
3.15
O Semele! (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Hugo Hymas; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:41
3.16
Speak, Speak Your Desire (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Hugo Hymas; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:09
3.17
Ah, Take Heed What You Press (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Hugo Hymas; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:04
3.18
No, No, I'll Take No Less (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
4:45
Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene 5  
3.19
Ah, Whither Is She Gone, Unhappy Fair? (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Hugo Hymas; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
3:22
Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene 6  
3.20
Above Measure (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
2:10
Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene 7  
3.21
Ah me! Too Late I Now Repent (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Louise Alder; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
3:26
Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene 8  
3.22
O Terror and Astonishment! (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; John Eliot Gardiner
4:17
3.23
How I Was Hence Remov'd (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Lucile Richardot; Gianluca Buratto; Carlo Vistoli; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:46
3.24
Despair No More Shall Wound Me (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Carlo Vistoli; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
4:59
3.25
See from Above the Bellying Clouds Descend (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Gianluca Buratto; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:18
Semele, HWV 58, Act III Scene 9  
3.26
Sinfonia (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
1:44
3.27
Apollo Comes, to Relieve Your Care (Live)
George Frideric Handel; Peter Davoren; English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner
0:53
3.28
Happy, Happy We Shall Be (Live)
George Frideric Handel; English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir; John Eliot Gardiner
3:07
Digital Booklet
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. Before the tour, 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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1.1
Overture (Live)
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1.2
Gavotte (Live)
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1.3
Behold! Auspicious Flashes Rise (Live)
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1.4
Lucky Omens Bless Our Rites (Live)
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1.5
Daughter, Obey (Live)
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1.6
Ah Me! (Live)
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1.7
O Jove! In Pity Teach Me Which to Choose (Live)
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1.8
Alas! She Yields (Live)
-7.40-32.0816
1.9
Why Dost Thou Thus Untimely Grieve (Live)
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1.10
Avert These Omens, All Ye Pow'rs (Live)
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1.11
Again Auspicious Flashes Rise (Live)
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1.12
Cease, Cease Your Vows, 'Tis Impious to Proceed (Live)
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1.13
Turn, Hopeless Lover, Turn Thy Eyes (Live)
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1.14
Your Tuneful Voice My Tale Would Tell (Live)
-8.29-33.6016
1.15
Too Well I See (Live)
-11.80-35.4815
1.16
You've Undone Me (Live)
-8.23-28.9014
1.17
Ah! Wretched Prince (Live)
-8.02-31.8715
1.18
Hail Cadmus, Hail! (Live)
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1.19
Endless Pleasure, Endless Love (Live)
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2.1
Sinfonia (Live)
-8.54-26.4312
2.2
Iris, Impatient of Thy Stay (Live)
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2.3
There, from Mortal Cares Retiring (Live)
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2.4
Awake, Saturnia, from Thy Lethargy! (Live)
-1.65-25.2515
2.5
Hence, Iris, Hence Away (Live)
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2.6
Come, Zephyrs, Come, While Cupid Sings (Live)
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2.7
O Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave Me (Live)
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2.8
Let Me Not Another Moment (Live)
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2.9
Lay Your Doubts and Fears Aside (Live)
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2.10
You Are Mortal and Require (Live)
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2.11
With Fond Desiring (Live)
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2.12
How Engaging, How Endearing (Live)
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2.13
Ah, Me! (Live)
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2.14
I Must with Speed Amuse Her (Live)
-8.33-30.3116
2.15
Now Love That Everlasting Boy Invites (Live)
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2.16
By My Command (Live)
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2.17
Where'er You Walk, Cool Gales Shall Fan the Glade (Live)
-8.65-32.4915
2.18
Dear Sister, How Was Your Passage Hither? (Live)
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2.19
But Hark! The Heav'nly Sphere Turns Round (Live)
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2.20
Prepare Then, Ye Immortal Choir (Live)
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2.21
Bless the Glad Earth with Heav'nly Lays (Live)
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3.1
Sinfonia (Live)
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3.2
Somnus, Awake (Live)
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3.3
Leave Me, Loathsome Light (Live)
-8.13-32.3312
3.4
Dull God, Canst Thou Attend the Water's Fall (Live)
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3.5
More Sweet Is That Name (Live)
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3.6
My Will Obey (Live)
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3.7
Obey My Will, Thy Rod Resign (Live)
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3.8
My Racking Thoughts by No Kind Slumbers Freed (Live)
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3.9
Thus Shap'd Like Ino (Live)
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3.10
Myself I Shall Adore (Live)
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3.11
Be Wise As You Are Beautiful (Live)
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3.12
Thus Let My Thanks Be Paid (Live)
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3.13
Rich Odours Fill the Fragrant Air (Live)
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3.14
Come to My Arms, My Lovely Fair (Live)
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3.15
O Semele! (Live)
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3.16
Speak, Speak Your Desire (Live)
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3.17
Ah, Take Heed What You Press (Live)
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3.18
No, No, I'll Take No Less (Live)
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Ah, Whither Is She Gone, Unhappy Fair? (Live)
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3.20
Above Measure (Live)
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3.21
Ah me! Too Late I Now Repent (Live)
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3.22
O Terror and Astonishment! (Live)
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3.23
How I Was Hence Remov'd (Live)
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3.24
Despair No More Shall Wound Me (Live)
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3.25
See from Above the Bellying Clouds Descend (Live)
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3.26
Sinfonia (Live)
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Apollo Comes, to Relieve Your Care (Live)
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Happy, Happy We Shall Be (Live)
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