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listen  1. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - OvertureJohn Nelson 9:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Behold! auspicious flashes ariseJohn Nelson 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Lucky omens bless our ritesJohn Nelson 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Daughter, obeySamuel Ramey0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Ah! me! - O Jove!John Nelson 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - The morning lark to mine accords his noteJohn Nelson 7:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - See she blushing turns her eyesJohn Nelson0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Hymen, haste, thy torch prepareJohn Nelson 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Alas! she yields, and has undone meMarilyn Horne0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Why dost thou thus untimely grieve?Samuel Ramey 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Avert these omensJohn Nelson 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Again auspicious flashes riseSamuel Ramey0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Thy aid, pronubial Juno, Athamas implores!John Nelson0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Cease your vowsJohn Nelson0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - O Athamas, what toture hast thou borne!John Nelson0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Turn, hopeless lover, turn thy eyesMarilyn Horne 8:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - She weeps!John Nelson0:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Your tuneful voice my tale would tellJohn Nelson 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Too well I see, thou wilt not understand meMarilyn Horne0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - You've undone me / With my life I would atoneMarilyn Horne 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Ah, wretched prince / Wing'd with our fears /O prodigy/See, see, Jove's PriestsSamuel Ramey 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Hail Cadmus!Samuel Ramey 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 1 - Endless pleasure...John Nelson 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - OvertureJohn Nelson 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - Iris, impatient of thy stayMarilyn Horne0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - There from mortal cares retiringJohn Nelson 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - No more - I'll hear no more! / Awake Saturnia..Marilyn Horne 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - Hence, Iris, hence awayMarilyn Horne 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - Oh sleep, why dost thou leave me?John Nelson 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - Let me not another momentJohn Nelson0:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - Lay your doubts and fears asideJohn Nelson 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - You are mortal and require time to restJohn Nelson0:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - With fond desiringJohn Nelson 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - How engaging, how endearingJohn Nelson 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - Ah me! why sighs my Semele!John Nelson 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - I must with speed amuse herJohn Nelson 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - Now Love that everlasting boy invitesJohn Nelson 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - By my commandJohn Nelson 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - Where'er you walkJohn Nelson 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - Dear SisterMarilyn Horne0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - But hark! The Heavenly SphereMarilyn Horne 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - Prepare then, ye immortal choirMarilyn Horne 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 2 - Bless the glad earthJohn Nelson 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - OvertureJohn Nelson 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Somnus, awakeMarilyn Horne0:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Leave me, loathsome lightSamuel Ramey 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Dull GodMarilyn Horne0:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - More sweet is that nameSamuel Ramey 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - My will obeySamuel Ramey 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Obey my will / All I must grantSamuel Ramey 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - My racking thoughts by no kind slumbers freedJohn Nelson 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Thus shap'd like InoMarilyn Horne 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Behold this mirrorMarilyn Horne 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - O ecstasy of happinessJohn Nelson0:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Myself I shall adoreJohn Nelson 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Be wise, as you are beautifulMarilyn Horne0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Conjure him by his oathMarilyn Horne 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Thus let my thanks be pay'dJohn Nelson 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Rich odours fill the fragrant airMarilyn Horne0:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Come to my armsJohn Nelson 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - O Semele! Why art thou....? / I ever am granting,..John Nelson 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Speak what you desireJohn Nelson0:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - By that tremendous flood, I swearJohn Nelson0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - You'll grant what I require? /Then cast off this humanJohn Nelson0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Ah, take heedJohn Nelson 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - No, no, I'll take no lessJohn Nelson 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Ah, whither is she gone?John Nelson 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Above measure is the pleasure,which my revenge suppliesMarilyn Horne 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Ah me, too late I now repentJohn Nelson 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Of my ill-boding dreamMarilyn Horne0:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Oh, terror and astonishmentJohn Nelson 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - How I was hence remov'dSamuel Ramey 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Despair no more shall wound meJohn Nelson 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - See from above the belling clouds descendSamuel Ramey0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Sinfonia: Apollo comeJohn Nelson 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Appolo comes, to relieve your careNeil Mackie0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. Handel: Semele HWV 58 / Act 3 - Happy shall we beJohn Nelson 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey, John Aler, Sylvia McNair, et al.
  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Nelson
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (August 10, 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GGP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This magnificent performance is without a doubt among the top two or three Handel opera recordings in the catalog. John Nelson outdoes even the period instrument competition, conducting with a vitality and freshness that sweeps all before it. Kathleen Battle is a great Semele (if listening to this woman sing "Myself I Will Adore" isn't a classic example of typecasting, then what is?). But the real palm must go to Marilyn Horne as the jealous Juno, who simply stops the show with her two arias (she sings Ino as well). A very great recording. --David Hurwitz

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Kathleen Battle's voice is astounding.
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This just has to be one of the finest Handel recordings ever made available (and I have just about all of them!)
Romeo
The cast is great....Marilyn Horne, John Aler, Mark Doss, and Samuel Ramey.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The sensuous "Semele" was censured in its day as a "bawdy opera"--possibly because it was written in English, and the English audience could actually understand what was happening on stage. If your only exposure to Handel up until now has been the yearly 'Messiah' concert, this 1993 Deutsche Grammophon recording is a great way to get started on his operas. John Nelson conducts the English Chamber Orchestra using modern instruments, and the stunning celebrity cast (Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Home, Samuel Ramey, John Aler, Michael Chance and Sylvia McNair) is to die for.
Semele, the beautiful, ambitious mistress of Jupiter, has got to be Kathleen Battle's perfect role. She sings it superbly with only an occasional patented Battle-gasp. Her 'endless pleasure, endless love' with chorus sparkles with the artless joy of a young woman who has just won the biggest prize in the Lotto of Love. Her "Myself I shall adore" is Battle at her sprightliest (also, possibly her most ironic).
American tenor John Aler sings a lyrical, well-enunciated Jupiter. His aria, "Where'er you walk" is one of the highlights of this three-CD recording. (If you'd like to hear a grumblier, baritone version of "Where'er you walk," try the Deutsche Grammophon recording of "Handel Arias" with Bryn Terfel.)
Mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne tears up the vocal scenery in her dual role as Ino, Semele's sister, and the much plummier role of the vengeful goddess, Juno. Her aria, "Behold in this mirror" is an exercise in seductive vocal drama as she lures Semele ("vain wretched fool") down the path to self-destruction.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Omar Lyles on January 4, 2000
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Nelson's recording of Semele on the Deutsche Grammophon label is an excellent example of today's premiere voices singing a Baroque masterwork. Although Semele is one of Handel's lesser-known works, this performance could well rival any recording of Giulio Cesare or Judas Maccabaeus, and despite minor imperfections, it stands as a fine Handelian interpretation.
It features an all-star cast including Kathleen Battle in the title role, Alan Aler as Jupiter, Samuel Ramey doubling as Cadmus and Somnus, Sylvia McNair as Iris and Marilyn Horne also doubling as Juno and Ino. It also includes the countertenor Michael Chance as Athamus, who makes a fine contribution to the ensemble in the role.
Battle is stunning in the role of Semele. Here at the height of her powers, her singing is beautiful and delightfully self-absorbed (appropriate for the role). Her coloratura is emotive and precise. The arias "Endless pleasure" and "With fond desiring" sparkle, and her legato is utterly smooth in "O sleep, why dost thou leave me?" even though the song's dreary tempo and overly-elongated first phrase turn it into somewhat of an epic.
Battle's interpretation of Semele is favorable even when compared with artists like Ruth Ann Swenson who recorded arias from Semele in 1998 with EMI. By comparison, Swenson's songs (although more straight-forward and perhaps more accurate) lack the fluidity and vitality of Battle's versions. Battle's intensity is best exhibited in the extraordinary aria "No, no, I'll take no less!" where she spins through four minutes of ghastly coloratura with reckless abandon. Although apparently taxing to her delicate voice, the furious melismas are managed remarkably well, and Battle finishes the piece with a spectacular high D-natural.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By sherri j. thorne on August 19, 2000
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If you want the definitive recording of Handel's SEMELE, look no further!! This recording is absolutely beautiful!! Featuring an all star ensemble, led by Katleen Battle, you will hear some of the most beautiful arias from the Baroque Period. Battle's spun silver soprano is well suited for singing these technically demanding arias: "The Morning Lark To Mine Accords His Note," "Endless Pleasure, Endless Love," and "Myself I Shall Adore." Marilyn Horne and Samuel Ramey team up again on this recording ( I saw them many years ago at the MET in Handel's "Rinaldo") and are great! Silvia McNair gained a new fan with: But Hark! The Heav'nly Sphere Turns Round," & "Turn Hopless Lover, Turn Thy Eyes." Mark S. Doss Is someone that I will be watching with great interest in years to come! I was VERY impressed with John Aler as Jupiter. The aria "Where'er You Walk, Cool Gales Shall Fan The Glade," is sensuous to the point that I wonder if Handel was influenced at least on a subconsious level, by Song Of Songs! This is, without a doubt, a CD that you will listen to with sheer joy for years to come!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Romeo on April 2, 2002
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This just has to be one of the finest Handel recordings ever made available (and I have just about all of them!) AND with an all-AMERICAN cast!! Battle is insuperable as Semele and her singing is absolutely faultless (if you ignore the breaths!) She effortlessly executes the fiendishly difficult arias, and throws in some tingling top notes for added measure. Aler is incredible as her partner in their repartee's and this really is amazingly done. Horne is fantastic (although the top note in her da capo of Iris Hence Away is a little vulgar!). McNair is absolutely beautiful in her role. Ramey also is wonderful - Why don't we hear more of these singers doing Handel?? There are 40 other operas waiting....The only criticism I have is the chorus. They are obviously far too large, and out-of-keeping with Handel opera tradition (indeed baroque music as a whole) where the choruses were generally sung by the soloists only. If it weren't for that fact, the recording would be nigh perfect! An absolute must buy - this is one of the first Handel recordings I ever acquired soon after it was recorded - and since, having obtained about 50 other Handel works, it is still one of my favourites! Don't worry even bothering to listen to any other versions, this will always be the best!
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