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Handel composed Hercules for his 1744-45 oratorio season as the secular foil to one of his most ambitious sacred dramas, Belshazzar, hoping to repeat the success of the previous season' Samson/Semele pairing. Like Semele, Hercules, which Handel called 'A

Disc: 1
1. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 1. Ouvertura
2. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 1. Menuetto
3. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 1. Accompagnato. See, with what sad dejection
4. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 1. Aria. No longer, Fate, relentless frown
5. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 1. Accompagnato. O, Hercules, why art thou absent
6. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 1. Aria. The world, when day's career is run
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Disc: 2
1. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 2. Sinfonia
2. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 2. Recitativo. Why was I born a princess
3. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 2. Aria. How blest the maid
4. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 2. Recitativo. It must be so
5. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 2. Aria. When beauty sorrow's liv'ry wears
6. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 2. Recitativo. Whence this unjust suspicion?
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Disc: 3
1. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 3. Sinfonia
2. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 3. Recitativo. Ye sons of Trachin, mourn
3. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 3. Aria. O scene of unexampled woe
4. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 3. Recitativo. O fatal jealousy
5. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 3. Chorus. Tyrants now no more shall dread
6. Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60: Act 3. Arioso. O Jove! What land is this?
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Product Details

  • Performer: Kantorei
  • Orchestra: Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra
  • Conductor: Martini
  • Composer: Handel
  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B001716J1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas A. Deutsch on September 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Handel's "Musical Drama" HERCULES (1744) is one of a pair of secular dramas on Greek myths - the other is SEMELE - which the composer wrote for concert performance after he had shifted his energies from Italian opera to English oratorio. A dark drama of the destructive power of jealousy, it boasts a score of great power, of which Dejanira's scene of madness and remorse "Where Shall I Fly?" has become a favorite of mezzo-sopranos.
Yet oddly, until this Naxos recording there has never been a note-complete HERCULES on disc. John Eliot Gardiner's strongly cast 1983 version cuts 8 entire nymbers and parts of other as well; Marc Minkowski's highly praised version (2000) uses a somewhat fuller text, but inexplicably shifts a couple of numbers around to no great purpose - a willful misrepresentation of Handel's intentions.
Here at last we have everything complete and in the right order, giving us the text that Handel apparently first planned to perform, including a short stretch of recitative in Act II which he crossed out in his autograph score (although it was printed in the published libretto). We even get a short (2:11) number for soprano and chorus from his (unperformed) incidental music for ALCESTE, "Still caressing and caress'd," which he interpolated in a revival of HERCULES - a charming piece that can easily be programmed out.
And the good news is that - somewhat to my surprise - this is a really fine performance, and well recorded. This series of big Handel vocal works under Joachim Carlos Martini on Naxos has been uneven, to put it as politely as possible. To be honest, after a couple of disappointing issues my interest dropped off drastically. But this live performance is very good, in some respects excellent.
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