Handel: Belshazzar

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1 Belshazzar: Overture 2:40 44.1/24 Album only
2 Belshazzar: Accompagnato ed Arioso - Vain Fluctuating State of Human Empire! - 4:28 44.1/24 Album only
3 Belshazzar: Aria - Thou, God Most High, and Thou Alone - 4:36 44.1/24 Album only
4 Belshazzar: Recitative - The Fate of Babylon, I Fear, Is Nigh. - O Much Belov'd - 1:14 44.1/24 Album only
5 Belshazzar: Air - Lament Not Thus, O Queen, in Vain! - 4:58 44.1/24 Album only
6 Belshazzar: Chorus of Babylonians - Behold By Persia'S Hero Made - 2:27 44.1/24 Album only
7 Belshazzar: Recitative - Well May They Laugh, from Meagre Famine Safe - Accompagnato - Oh Memory - 1:27 44.1/24 Album only
8 Belshazzar: Aria - Opprest With Never Ceasing Grief - 3:57 44.1/24 Album only
9 Belshazzar: Aria - Dry Those Unavailing Tears - 1:54 44.1/24 Album only
10 Belshazzar: Recitative - Be Comforted: Safe Tho' the Tyrant Seem - Accompagnato - Methought, As On the Bank of Deep Euphrates - 3:58 44.1/24 Album only
11 Belshazzar: Aria - Behold the Monstrous Human Beast - 3:47 44.1/24 Album only
12 Belshazzar: Recitative - Can You Then Think It Strange, If Drown'd in Wine - Aria - Great God! Who Yet But Darkly Known - 4:09 44.1/24 Album only
13 Belshazzar: Chorus - All Empires Upon God Depend - 3:27 44.1/24 Album only
14 Belshazzar: Arioso - O Sacred Oracles of Truth! - Aria - Amaz'd to Find the Foe So Near - Chorus of Persians - to Arms, to Arms, No More Delay - 4:53 44.1/24 Album only
15 Belshazzar: Accompagnato - Rejoice, My Countrymen: the Time Draws Near - Recitative - For Long Ago - Accompagnato - Thus Saith the Lord to Cyrus His Anointed - 3:00 44.1/24 Album only
16 Belshazzar: Belshazzar: Chorus - Sing, O Ye Heav'Ns, for the Lord Hath Done It - 4:16 44.1/24 Album only
17 Belshazzar: Aria - Let Festal Joy Triumphant Reign - Recitative - For You, My Friends, the Nobles of My Court - 6:45 44.1/24 Album only
18 Belshazzar: Aria - The Leafy Honours of the Field - 7:09 44.1/24 Album only
19 Belshazzar: Recitative - It Is the Custom; I May Say, the Law - 1:34 44.1/24 Album only
20 Belshazzar: Chorus of Jews - Recall, O King, Thy Rash Command - 2:32 44.1/24 Album only
21 Belshazzar: Recitative - They Tell You True; Nor Can You Be to Learn - 1:18 44.1/24 Album only
22 Belshazzar: Duet - O Dearer Than My Life, Forbear - 4:44 44.1/24 Album only
23 Belshazzar: Chorus of Jews - By Slow Degrees the Wrath of God to Its Meridian Height Ascends - 6:08 44.1/24 Album only
24 Belshazzar: Chorus - See, from His Post Euphrates Flies! - Semichorus 6:32 44.1/24 Album only
25 Belshazzar: Recitative - You See, My Friends, a Path Into the City - Aria - Amaz'd to Find the Foe So Near - Chorus of Persians - to Arms, to Arms, No More Delay - 6:07 44.1/24 Album only
26 Belshazzar: Chorus - Ye Tutelar Gods of Our Empire, Look Down - 2:52 44.1/24 Album only
27 Belshazzar: Aria - Let the Deep Bowl Thy Praise Confess - 2:35 44.1/24 Album only
28 Belshazzar: Accompagnato and Chorus - Where Is the God of Judah'S Boasted Pow'R? - Recitative - Call All Our Wisemen, Sorcerers, Chaldeans - 2:41 44.1/24 Album only
29 Belshazzar: Symphony 1:45 44.1/24 Album only
30 Belshazzar: Recitative - Ye Sages, Welcome Always to Your King - Trio - Alas! Too Hard a Task the King Imposes - Chorus - O Misery! O Terror! Hopeless Grief! - 2:11 44.1/24 Album only
31 Belshazzar: Recitative - O King, Live for Ever! - Aria - No: to Thyself Thy Trifles Be - 2:58 44.1/24 Album only
32 Belshazzar: Accompagnato - Yet to Obey His Dread Command - - Thou, O King, Hast Lifted Up Thyself - Recitative - O Sentence Too Severe! and Yet Too Sure! - 3:53 44.1/24 Album only
33 Belshazzar: Aria - Regard, O Son, My Flowing Tears - 6:21 44.1/24 Album only
34 Belshazzar: Aria - O God of Truth! O Faithful Guide! - Recitative - You, Gobrias, Lead Directly to the Palace - 5:16 44.1/24 Album only
35 Belshazzar: Chorus - O Glorious Prince! Thrice Happy They - 4:56 44.1/24 Album only
36 Belshazzar: Aria - Alternate Hopes and Fears Distract My Mind - Recitative - Fain Would I Hope. Is There Not Room to Hope? - 4:42 44.1/24 Album only
37 Belshazzar: Aria - Can the Black 3:25 44.1/24 Album only
38 Belshazzar: Chorus of Jews - Bel Boweth Down! Nebo Stoopeth! - 1:28 44.1/24 Album only
39 Belshazzar: Aria - I Thank Thee, Sesach, Thy Sweet Pow'R - a Martial Symphony 2:04 44.1/24 Album only
40 Belshazzar: Aria - To Pow'R Immortal My First Thanks Are Due - Recitative - Be It Thy Care, Good Gobrias, to Find Out - 2:22 44.1/24 Album only
41 Belshazzar: Aria - Destructive War Thy Limits Know - 2:20 44.1/24 Album only
42 Belshazzar: Duett - Great Victor, At Your Feet I Bow - Recitative - Say, Venerable Prophet, Is There Ought - 5:58 44.1/24 Album only
43 Belshazzar: Soli and Chorus - Tell It Out Among the Heathen, That the Lord Is King. - 1:37 44.1/24 Album only
44 Belshazzar: Accompagnato - Yes, I Will Build Thy City, God of Israel - 1:37 44.1/24 Album only
45 Belshazzar: Anthem - I Will Magnify Thee, O God My King, - 6:59 44.1/24 Album only

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Handel's Belshazzar was first performed in 1745, under difficult conditions. Ever the pragmatist, Handel did not hesitate to revise his work to adapt to the various constraints of the premiere and its subsequent revivals.

Surprisingly unscrupulous, he frequently accepted the most dreadful compromises involving mutilating cuts, transpositions, sacrificing his inspiration in order to facilitate a performance. For this recording we have chosen what we consider to be the most successful of the various versions of Belshazzar given in his lifetime, resulting in the restoration of the piece in all its splendour, with the best of the music and a coherent libretto.

I am particularly pleased that the first production for our new label does justice to a libretto whose subject is so relevent today: the decline of a once glorious society and the ephemeral nature of Empire. In Belshazzar everything hits the spot: the emotional power, the vivid imagery, the contemporary resonance. How could one not be struck by the majestic architecture of the choruses; by the characterisation of Belshazzar himself, irascible, alcoholic, affronting the divine word? Andwho could not be deeply moved by Nicrotis’grief at witnessing the downfall of her son, or by the extraordinary complicity that develops between herself and Cyrus, the conquering King of the persians? From beginning to end the piece is carried along by Jennen’s humanity and the universality of Handel’s music.

I have opted for a very fine and entirely Anglophone cast. All of us had our hearts set on restoring the dramatic force and emotional power to this magnificent music. Other considerations influenced our choice — the very scale of Belshazzar made it possible to draw on a large number of musicians and singers who have been part of Les Arts Florissants for many ears, ensuring the recording bears the unmistakeable stamp of the company.

--William Christie