Total Eclipse: Music for Handel's Tenor (CD)

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Aaron Sheehan, Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra, Stephen Stubbs

John Beard was a young tenor who came to George Frideric Handel’s attention when still a teenager. He inspired the great composer to give new focus to the tenor voice within his English oratorios. Beard was Handel’s ideal in his demands for ‘articulate utterance of the words and a just expression of the melody’- a collaboration that climaxed in Handel’s creation of the first truly great tenor part as the hero in Samson. Grammy Award-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan steps into John Beard’s shoes equipped with a voice of ‘shining quality and deep sensitivity’ (The New York Times).

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George Frideric Handel

Alexander's Feast, HWV 75 (excerpts)
1. Part II: Recitative: Give the vengeance due
2. Part II: Aria: The princes applaud with a furious joy

3. Israel in Egypt, HWV 54, Part III, "Moses' Song": Air: The enemy said: I will pursue
4. Ode for St. Cecilia's Day, HWV 76: Aria: Sharp violins proclaim their jealous pangs

Saul, HWV 53 (excerpts)
5. Act I: Accompagnato: O filial piety!
6. Act I: Air: No, cruel father, no!
7. Act II: Recitative: Ah, dearest friend
8. Act II: Air: But sooner Jordan's stream

Concerto Grosso in B-Flat Major, Op. 3, No. 2, HWV 313
9. I. Vivace
10. II. Largo
11. III. Allegro
12. IV. Minuet
13. V. Gavotte

Messiah, HWV 56 (excerpts)
14. Part II: Recitative: Thy rebuke
15. Part II: Arioso: Behold and see
16. Part II: Aria: But thou didst not leave his soul in hell
17. Part II: Aria: Thou shalt break them

Concerto Grosso in B-Flat Major, Op. 6, No. 7, HWV 325
18. I. Largo
19. II. Allegro
20. III. Largo e piano
21. IV. Andante
22. V. Hornpipe

Samson, HWV 57 (excerpts)
23. Act I: Air: Torments, alas, are not confin'd
24. Act I: Air: Total eclipse!
25. Act I: Recitative: My griefs for this
26. Act I: Air: Why does the God of lsrael sleep?
27. Act II: Air: Your charms to ruin led the way
28. Act III: Recitative: Let but that spirit
29. Act III: Air: Thus when the sun from's watry bed