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Handel: Semele

Rosemary Joshua, Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn

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Semele, HWV 58  
1
Overture: ( — ) -
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:32
2
Overture: Allegro - Adagio -
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:41
3
Overture: Gavotte
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:30
4
Act I Scene 1: Behold! Auspicious flashes rise! (Cadmus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:23
5
Act I Scene 1: Lucky omens bless our rites (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:15
6
Act I Scene 1: Daughter, obey (Cadmus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:55
7
Act I Scene 1: Ah me! What refuge now is left me? (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:43
8
Act I Scene 1: The morning lark to mine accords his note (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
7:25
9
Act I Scene 1: See, she blushing turns her eyes (Athamus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:16
10
Act I Scene 1: Hymen, haste, thy torch prepare (Athamus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
4:46
11
Act I Scene 1: Alas! she yields (Ino)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:42
12
Act I Scene 1: Why dost thou thus untimely grieve (Cadmus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:02
13
Act I Scene 1: Avert these omens, all ye pow'rs! (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:00
14
Act I Scene 1: Again auspicious flashes rise (Cadmus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:38
15
Act I Scene 1: Thy aid, pronubial Juno, Athamas implores (Athamus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:14
16
Act I Scene 1: Cease, cease your vows, 'tis impious to proceed (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:32
17
Act I Scene 2: O Athamus, what torture hast thou borne! (Athamus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:29
18
Act I Scene 2: Turn, hopeless lover, turn thy eyes (Ino)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
8:01
19
Act I Scene 2: She weeps! The gentle maid, in tender pity (Athamus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:18
20
Act I Scene 2: Your tuneful voice my tale would tell (Athamus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:50
21
Act I Scene 2: Too well I see (Ino)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:43
22
Act I Scene 2: You've undone me (Ino)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:26
23
Act I Scene 3: Ah, wretched Prince, doom'd to disastrous love! - Scene 4: See, see, Jove's Priests and holy Augurs come (Cadmus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:08
24
Act I Scene 4: Hail, Cadmus, hail! Jove salutes the Theban King (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:30
25
Act I Scene 4: Endless pleasure, endless love (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
4:50
1
Act II: Sinfonia: Presto
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:34
2
Act II Scene 1: Iris, impatient of thy stay (Juno)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:47
3
Act II Scene 1: There, from mortal cares retiring (Iris)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:39
4
Act II Scene 1: No more, I'll hear no more! (Juno)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:04
5
Act II Scene 1: Hence, Iris, hence away (Juno)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:50
6
Act II Scene 2: O sleep, why dost thou leave me? (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:54
7
Act II Scene 3: Let me not another moment (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:19
8
Act II Scene 3: Lay your doubts and fears aside (Jupiter)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:06
9
Act II Scene 3: You are mortal, and require time to rest (Jupiter)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:17
10
Act II Scene 3: Aria: With fond desiring (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:21
11
Act II Scene 3: How engaging, how endearing (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:04
12
Act II Scene 3: Ah me! (Semele) - Why sighs my Semele? (Jupiter)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:07
13
Act II Scene 3: I must with speed amuse her (Jupiter)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:56
14
Act II Scene 3: Now Love that everlasting boy invites (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:21
15
Act II Scene 3: By my command (Jupiter)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:03
16
Act II Scene 3: Where'er you walk, cool gales shall fan the glade (Jupiter)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
4:56
17
Act II Scene 4: Dear sister, how was your passage hither? (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:39
18
Act II Scene 4: But hark! the heav'nly sphere turns round (Ino)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:26
19
Act II Scene 4: Prepare then, ye immortal choir! (Ino, Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:57
20
Act II Scene 4: Bless the glad earth with heav'nly lays (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:42
1
Act III: Sinfonia: Larghetto e piano per tutto
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:28
2
Act III Scene 1: Somnus, awake! Ease thy reclining head! (Juno)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:31
3
Act III Scene 1: Leave me, loathsome light (Somnus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:26
4
Act III Scene 1: Dull God, canst thou attend the water's fall (Iris)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:29
5
Act III Scene 1: More sweet is that name (Somnus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:27
6
Act III Scene 1: My will obey (Juno)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:14
7
Act III Scene 1: Obey my will, thy rod resign (Juno)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:59
8
Act III Scene 2: My racking thoughts by no kind slumbers freed (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:42
9
Act III Scene 3: Thus shap'd like Ino (Juno)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:26
10
Act III Scene 3: Myself I shall adore (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
7:16
11
Act III Scene 3: Be wise, as you are beautiful (Juno)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:48
12
Act III Scene 3: Thus let my thanks be paid (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:20
13
Act III Scene 3: Rich odours fill the fragrant air (Juno)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:22
14
Act III Scene 4: Come to my arms, my lovely fair (Jupiter)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:51
15
Act III Scene 4: O Semele (Jupiter)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:06
16
Act III Scene 4: I ever am granting (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:35
17
Act III Scene 4: Speak, speak your desire (Jupiter)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:37
18
Act III Scene 4: You'll grant what I require (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:10
19
Act III Scene 4: Then cast off this human shape which you wear (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:16
20
Act III Scene 4: Ah, take heed what you press (Jupiter)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:14
21
Act III Scene 4: No, no! I'll take no less (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
5:12
22
Act III Scene 5: Ah! whither is she gone! unhappy fair! (Jupiter)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:06
23
Act III Scene 6: Above measure (Juno)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
2:22
24
Act III Scene 7: Ah me! too late I now repent (Semele)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:07
25
Act III Scene 8: Of my ill-boding dream (Ino)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:12
26
Act III Scene 8: Oh, terror and astonishment! (Chorus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
4:00
27
Act III Scene 8: How I was hence remov'd (Ino)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:41
28
Act III Scene 8: Despair no more shall wound me (Athamus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
5:07
29
Act III Scene 8: See from above the bellying clouds descend (Cadmus)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:14
30
Act III Scene 9: Sinfonia
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
1:19
31
Act III Scene 9: Apollo comes, to relieve your care (Apollo)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
0:43
32
Act III Scene 9: Happy, happy shall we be (All)
George Frideric Handel; Rosemary Joshua; Hilary Summers; Richard Croft; Stephen Wallace; Brindley Sherratt; Gail Pearson; Early Opera Company Chorus; Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn
3:02
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Total Playing Time    2:49:13
“In the title role, soprano Rosemary Joshua applies light and graceful tone and conveys Semle’s willful, pleasure-seeking nature. As her immortal lover Jupiter, tenor Richard Croft is equally lucid and nimble.”
- BBC Music Magazine

“Chandos’s new entrant is the first early-instrument Semele to be recorded absolutely complete… Thanks no doubt to stage experience as Semele, Rosemary Joshua brings irresistible unforced charm to her every scene. There is character in even the smallest phrases…Chandos provides clear, natural sound.”
- International Record Review

“Christian Curnyn understands the unique tinta of this gorgeous score, and directs his spruce period band with a nice blend of nonchalant elegance and dramatic energy. Tempi are shrewdly judged, rhythms light and supple, and recitatives tumble inevitably into arias…. As at the English National opera, rosemary Joshua, radiant of tone, dazzling coloratura, makes Semele far more than an over-sexed airhead… this becomes a clear first choice for an ever enticing work.”
- Gramophone

“Rosemary Joshua has established herself as one of the foremost interpreters of the role of Semele, the charming, dizzy-headed mortal who falls in love with the king of the gods. She excels at the fearsome coloratura, the warm lyricism, and the sheer fizz of the role. All this comes across in conductor Christian Curnyn’s recording, and there‘s some beautiful support from Richard Croft as Jupiter and counter tenor Stephen Wallce as Semele’s financé Athamus.”
- Classic FM

Handel’s Semele premiered at London’s Covent Garden in 1744 and combines characteristics of oratorio, opera, and classical drama as the setting for William Congreve’s adaption of a segment of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. A story of the affair between Jupiter and Semele, the mother of Bacchus (god of wine and debauchery), this is a sumptuous Baroque romp through an Ovidian tale performed with nuance by soprano Rosemary Joshua, conductor Christian Curnyn, and the Early Opera Company.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recorded at All Saints Church, East Finchley, London
Produced by Nicholas Anderson
Engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Assistant Engineer: Paul Quilter

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