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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Berkeley Chamber Chorus - Handel: Theodora (1992)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Berkeley Chamber Chorus - Handel: Theodora (1992)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Berkeley Chamber Chorus - Handel: Theodora (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 757 Mb | Total time: 73:42+53:28+42:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907060.62 | Recorded: 1992

The recent Glyndbourne staging of this oratorio demonstrated how well it worked as an opera, and this recording by Nicholas McGegan creates a similar dramatic intensity out of the tragic story of oppression and resistance. He finds excellent tempi for the arias, and keeps the recitatives cracking along at a good pace. And though he has a very good ensemble team of soloists, the star of the show is definitely soprano Lorraine Hunt (who, interestingly enough, sang the mezzo role of Irene for Glyndebourne) as Theodora. She uses the rich, throaty quality of her voice to bring out all the terrible pathos of Theodora's plight, while still suggesting that she is a character lit by an inner fire of joy. Unfortunately the acoustic lacks a certain bloom, and this makes the sound world sometimes seem a little flat and dry. And McGegan, while excellent on the accuracy of musical detail does not bring the same drama that Nikolaus Harnoncourt does to a "fury" number such as "Racks, Gibbets, Sword and Fire". Nevertheless, the singers make this a rendition definitely worth having.
–Warwick Thompson

Performer:
Theodora - Lorraine Hunt, soprano
Irene - Jennifer Lane, mezzo-soprano
Didymus - Drew Minter, countertenor
Septimius - Jeffrey Thomas, tenor
Valens - David Thomas, bass
Messenger - Neal Rogers, tenor
Chamber Chorus of the University of California, Berkeley
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Conductor - Nicholas McGegan

Track List:
CD1:
01 Overture
02 Act I. Recitative: Tis Dioclesian's natal Day (Valens)
03 Air: Go my faithful Soldier, go (Valens)
04 Chorus: And draw a Blessing down
05 Recitative: Vouchsafe, dread Sir, a gracious Ear (Didymus, Valens)
06 Air: Racks, Gibbets, Sword, & Fire (Valens)
07 Chorus: For ever thus stands fix'd the Doom
08 Recitative: Most cruel Edict! (Didymus)
09 Air: The raptur'd Soul defies teh Sword (Didymus)
10 Recitative: I know thy Virtues (Septimius)
11 Air: Descend, kind Pity (Septimius)
12 Recitative: Tho' hard, my Friends, yet Wholesome (Theodora)
13 Air: Fond, flatt'ring World, adieu! (Theodora)
14 Recitative: O bright Example of all goodness! (Irene)
15 Air: Bane of Virtue (Irene)
16 Chorus: Come, mighty Father
17 Recitative: Fly, fly, my Brethren (Messenger, Irene)
18 Air: As with rosy steps the Morn (Irene)
19 Chorus: All Pow'r in Heav'n above
20 Recitative: Mistaken wretches (Septimius)
21 Air: Dread the Fruits of Christian Folly (Septimius)
22 Recitative: Deluded Mortal (Theodora, Septimius)
23 Air: Angels, ever bright & fair (Theodora)
24 Recitative: Unhappy, happy Crew (Didymus, Irene)
25 Air: Kind Heav'n (Didymus)
26 Recitative: O Love, how great thy Pow'r (Irene)
27 Chorus: Go, gen'rous, pious youth
CD2:
01 Act II. Recitative: Ye men of Antioch (Valens)
02 Chorus: Queen of summer
03 Air: Wide spread his name (Valens)
04 Recitative: Return, Septimius (Valens)
05 Chorus: Venus laughing from the skies
06 Interlude
07 Recitative: O thou bright sun! (Theodora)
08 Air: With darkness, deep (Theodora)
09 Interlude
10 "Symphony of Soft Musick"
11 Recitative: But why art thou disquieted (Theodora)
12 Air: Oh, that I on wings could rise (Theodora)
13 Recitative: Long have I known (Didymus, Septimius)
14 Air: Tho' the honours (Septimius)
15 Recitative: O save her then (Didymus, Septimius)
16 Air: Deeds of kindness to display (Didymus)
17 Recitative: The clouds begin to veil (Irene)
18 Air: Defend her, Heav'n! (Irene)
19 Recitative: Or lull'd with grief (Didymus)
20 Air: Sweet rose, & lilly (Didymus)
21 Recitative: O save me, Heav'n (Theodora, Didymus)
22 Air: The pilgrim's home (Theodora)
23 Accompagnato: Forbid it, Heav'n! (Didymus, Theodora)
24 Duet: To thee, thou glorious son of worth (Theodora, Didymus)
25 Recitative: 'Tis night (Irene)
26 Chorus: He saw the lovely youth
CD3:
01 Air: Lord, to Thee (Irene)
02 Recitative: But see! (Irene, Theodora)
03 Air: When sunk in Anguish and Despair (Theodora)
04 Chorus (with Theodora): Blest be the Hand
05 Recitative: Undaunted in the Court (Messenger)
06 Recitative: Ah! Theodora (Irene, Theodora)
07 Duet: Whither, Princess, do you fly (Irene, Theodora)
08 Recitative: She's gone (Irene)
09 Air: New scenes of Joy (Irene)
10 Recitative: Is it a Christian Virtue (Valens, Didymus) - Be thay my Doom (Theodora, Septimius)
11 Air: From virtue springs each gen'rous Deed (Septimius)
12 Air: Cease, ye slaves, your fruitless Pray'r! (Valens)
13 Recitative: 'Tis kind, my friends (Didymus, Theodora)
14 Chorus: How strange their ends
15 Recitative: On me your Frowns (Didymus, Theodora, Valens)
16 Air: Ye ministers of Justice (Valens)
17 Recitative: And must such beauty suffer (Didymus, Theodora, Septimius)
18 Air and Duet: Streams of Pleasure ever flowing (Didymus, Theodora)
19 Recitative: E'er this, their doom is past (Irene)
20 Chorus (with Irene): O Love Divine


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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Berkeley Chamber Chorus - Handel: Theodora (1992)