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Handel: Esther, First reconstructable version (Cannons), 1720

Dunedin Consort

Handel: Esther, First reconstructable version (Cannons), 1720

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CKD 397 (Linn Records)
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1
Act One, Overture - I. Andante

Act One, Overture - I. Andante

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:58 Play $1.70
2
Act One, Overture - II. Larghetto

Act One, Overture - II. Larghetto

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:36 Play $1.70
3
Act One, Overture - III. Allegro

Act One, Overture - III. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:27 Play $1.70
4
Act One, Scene 1 - I. Recitative: 'Tis greater far to spare, than to destroy

Act One, Scene 1 - I. Recitative: 'Tis greater far to spare, than to destroy

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:41 Play $1.70
5
Act One, Scene 1 - II. Air: Pluck root and branch from out the land

Act One, Scene 1 - II. Air: Pluck root and branch from out the land

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:59 Play $1.70
6
Act One, Scene 1 - III. Recitative: Our souls with ardour glow

Act One, Scene 1 - III. Recitative: Our souls with ardour glow

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:07 Play $1.70
7
Act One, Scene 1 - IV. Chorus: Shall we the God of Israel’s fear?

Act One, Scene 1 - IV. Chorus: Shall we the God of Israel’s fear?

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:51 Play $1.70
8
Act One, Scene 2 - I. Recitative: Now persecution shall lay by her iron rod

Act One, Scene 2 - I. Recitative: Now persecution shall lay by her iron rod

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:16 Play $1.70
9
Act One, Scene 2 - II. Air: Tune your harps to cheerful strains

Act One, Scene 2 - II. Air: Tune your harps to cheerful strains

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
04:21 Play $1.70
10
Act One, Scene 2 - III. Chorus: Shall we of servitude complain

Act One, Scene 2 - III. Chorus: Shall we of servitude complain

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:24 Play $1.70
11
Act One, Scene 2 - IV. Recitative: O God, who from the suckling’s mouth

Act One, Scene 2 - IV. Recitative: O God, who from the suckling’s mouth

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:16 Play $1.70
12
Act One, Scene 2 - V. Air: Praise the Lord with cheerful noise

Act One, Scene 2 - V. Air: Praise the Lord with cheerful noise

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
05:38 Play $3.40
13
Act One, Scene 2 - VI. Chorus: Shall we of servitude complain

Act One, Scene 2 - VI. Chorus: Shall we of servitude complain

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:23 Play $1.70
14
Act One, Scene 3 - I. Recitative: How have our sins provok’d the Lord

Act One, Scene 3 - I. Recitative: How have our sins provok’d the Lord

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:05 Play $1.70
15
Act One, Scene 3 - II. Chorus: Ye sons of Israel mourn

Act One, Scene 3 - II. Chorus: Ye sons of Israel mourn

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:52 Play $1.70
16
Act One, Scene 3 - III. Air: O Jordan, Jordan, sacred tide

Act One, Scene 3 - III. Air: O Jordan, Jordan, sacred tide

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
07:42 Play $3.40
17
Act One, Scene 3 - IV. Chorus: Ye sons of Israel mourn

Act One, Scene 3 - IV. Chorus: Ye sons of Israel mourn

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:01 Play $1.70
18
Act Two, Scene 1 - I. Recitative: Why sits that sorrow on thy brow?

Act Two, Scene 1 - I. Recitative: Why sits that sorrow on thy brow?

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:02 Play $1.70
19
Act Two, Scene 1 - II. Air: Dread not, righteous Queen, the danger

Act Two, Scene 1 - II. Air: Dread not, righteous Queen, the danger

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
04:25 Play $1.70
20
Act Two, Scene 1 - III. Recitative: I go before the king to stand

Act Two, Scene 1 - III. Recitative: I go before the king to stand

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:13 Play $1.70
21
Act Two, Scene 1 - IV. Air: Tears assist me, pity moving

Act Two, Scene 1 - IV. Air: Tears assist me, pity moving

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:50 Play $1.70
22
Act Two, Scene 1 - V. Chorus: Save us, O Lord

Act Two, Scene 1 - V. Chorus: Save us, O Lord

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:27 Play $1.70
23
Act Two, Scene 2 - I. Recitative: Who dares intrude into our presence without our leave?

Act Two, Scene 2 - I. Recitative: Who dares intrude into our presence without our leave?

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:09 Play $1.70
24
Act Two, Scene 2 - II. Duet: Who calls my parting soul from death?

Act Two, Scene 2 - II. Duet: Who calls my parting soul from death?

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:46 Play $1.70
25
Act Two, Scene 2 - III. Air: O beauteous Queen, unclose those eyes!

Act Two, Scene 2 - III. Air: O beauteous Queen, unclose those eyes!

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
07:18 Play $3.40
26
Act Two, Scene 2 - IV. Recitative: If I find favour in thy sight

Act Two, Scene 2 - IV. Recitative: If I find favour in thy sight

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:20 Play $1.70
27
Act Two, Scene 2 - V. Air: How can I stay, when love invites?

Act Two, Scene 2 - V. Air: How can I stay, when love invites?

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
03:09 Play $1.70
28
Act Two, Scene 2 - VI. Recitative: With inward joy his visage glows

Act Two, Scene 2 - VI. Recitative: With inward joy his visage glows

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:16 Play $1.70
29
Act Two, Scene 2 - VII. Chorus: Virtue, truth and innocence

Act Two, Scene 2 - VII. Chorus: Virtue, truth and innocence

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:44 Play $1.70
30
Act Three, Scene 1 - I. Air: Jehovah crown’d with glory bright

Act Three, Scene 1 - I. Air: Jehovah crown’d with glory bright

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:58 Play $1.70
31
Act Three, Scene 1 - II. Chorus: He comes, He comes to end our woes

Act Three, Scene 1 - II. Chorus: He comes, He comes to end our woes

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
04:17 Play $1.70
32
Act Three, Scene 2 - I. Recitative: Now, O Queen, they suit declare

Act Three, Scene 2 - I. Recitative: Now, O Queen, they suit declare

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:38 Play $1.70
33
Act Three, Scene 2 - II. Accompagnato: Turn not, O Queen, thy face away

Act Three, Scene 2 - II. Accompagnato: Turn not, O Queen, thy face away

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:37 Play $1.70
34
Act Three, Scene 2 - III. Air: Flatt’ring tongue, no more I hear thee!

Act Three, Scene 2 - III. Air: Flatt’ring tongue, no more I hear thee!

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
04:52 Play $1.70
35
Act Three, Scene 2 - IV. Recitative: Guards, seize the traitor, bear him hence!

Act Three, Scene 2 - IV. Recitative: Guards, seize the traitor, bear him hence!

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:40 Play $1.70
36
Act Three, Scene 2 - V. Air: How art thou fall’n from thy height!

Act Three, Scene 2 - V. Air: How art thou fall’n from thy height!

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
06:10 Play $3.40
37
Act Three, Scene 2 - VI. Chorus: The Lord our enemy has slain

Act Three, Scene 2 - VI. Chorus: The Lord our enemy has slain

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
11:57 Play $5.10
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John Butt leads the award-winning team of singers in the 1720 Cannons version of Esther. It was named in The Times as one of 'The Best Classical Albums of 2012'.

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Dunedin Consort

Dunedin Consort

Under the direction of John Butt OBE, the ensemble has become particularly acclaimed for its inquisitive approach, shining new light into some of the best known pieces of the baroque repertoire, winning two Gramophone Awards along the way.

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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel

Handel was a German-British Baroque composer who is famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos.
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James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist

English tenor James Gilchrist is a sought-after recitalist whose voice has been described as pure and sensitive with an even and beautiful tone.
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John Butt

John Butt

John Butt is Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow and musical director of Edinburgh's Dunedin Consort.
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ICMA logoICMA Nominee
Best Baroque Vocal Album
2013 Awards


'Butt's direction combines spontaneous freshness with a care for expressive phrasing and precise colouring.' Gramophone

'The Dunedin Consort perform as a tight and capable band and Butt once again has proved himself the master of dramatic pacing. Thoroughly recommended.' Early Music Review


Named the 11th Greatest Choir by Gramophone the Dunedin Consort have established a reputation as the finest single-part period performance choir currently performing. 

The Dunedin Consort's highly anticipated new recording of Esther - First Reconstructable Version (Cannons), 1720 is the third recording in its hugely successful Handel series. The Consort has set the bar high for this Handel performance with a Gramophone Award in 2007 for Messiah and a BBC Radio 3 'Building a Library' First Choice accolade for Acis and Galatea

For Esther, director John Butt has reunited his award-winning team of soloists, Susan Hamilton, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook and Thomas Hobbs, plus well-known guest soloists Robin Blaze and James Gilchrist.

View the booklet in full here

Esther enters UK chart
21 May 2012
at number 7
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'The Dunedin Consort delivers a performance which is outstanding throughout.'
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MusicWeb International
'... not only historically interesting, it is musically highly rewarding.'


The Guardian
4 Stars
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Music OMH
4 Stars
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The Times
Voted one of the top 10 classical albums of 2012 by The Times


Pizzicato
A review in French.
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Early Music Review
'The Dunedin Consort perform as a tight and capable band and Butt once again has proved himself the master of dramatic pacing. Thoroughly recommended.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
'a two-voices-to-a-part chorus achieves more immediacy than a larger choir, coupled with a stylish and delightfully intimate band.'
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resmusica.com
Review in French
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'...the results are very nice indeed...all the soloists are excellent.'
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MusicWeb International
'I'd go for the new recording of the 1720 version.'
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'We need this thrilling recording...The sound on this is wonderful.'
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AllMusic.com
4 Stars
'majestic choruses'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'Hugely recommended in every respect.'
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International Record Review
'...one of the most attractive versions on disc.'
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MusicWeb International
'The Dunedin Consort, John Butt and Linn have already brought us some excellent recordings of Handel and Bach* and this new Esther is worthy to stand with them'.
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'...wonderfully crafted music making.'
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The Times
4 Stars
'...more than enough to keep us on the edge of our seats.'
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Gramophone
'...Brook's performance of the villain Haman's ‘Turn not, O Queen' transfixes everyone...'
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Gramophone
'Butt's direction combines spontaneous freshness with a care for expressive phrasing and precise colouring.'
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Presto Classical
'The ever-excellent James Gilchrist is at his most mellifluous here...'
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'...vibrant performances of the highest quality...'
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