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

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

Handel: Esther, First reconstructable version (Cannons), 1720
Label(s)
Code
CKD 397
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  • Act One, Overture - I. Andante
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

    Act One, Overture - I. Andante

    01:58
    €2.10
  • Act One, Overture - II. Larghetto
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

    Act One, Overture - II. Larghetto

    02:36
    €2.10
  • Act One, Overture - III. Allegro
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

    Act One, Overture - III. Allegro

    02:27
    €2.10
  • Act One, Scene 1 - I. Recitative: 'Tis greater far to spare, than to destroy
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    00:41
    €2.10
  • Act One, Scene 1 - II. Air: Pluck root and branch from out the land
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    01:59
    €2.10
  • Act One, Scene 1 - III. Recitative: Our souls with ardour glow
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    00:07
    €2.10
  • Act One, Scene 1 - IV. Chorus: Shall we the God of Israel’s fear?
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    01:51
    €2.10
  • Act One, Scene 2 - I. Recitative: Now persecution shall lay by her iron rod
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    00:16
    €2.10
  • Act One, Scene 2 - II. Air: Tune your harps to cheerful strains
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    04:21
    €2.10
  • Act One, Scene 2 - III. Chorus: Shall we of servitude complain
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    01:24
    €2.10
  • Act One, Scene 2 - IV. Recitative: O God, who from the suckling’s mouth
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    00:16
    €2.10
  • Act One, Scene 2 - V. Air: Praise the Lord with cheerful noise
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    05:38
    €4.20
  • Act One, Scene 2 - VI. Chorus: Shall we of servitude complain
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    01:23
    €2.10
  • Act One, Scene 3 - I. Recitative: How have our sins provok’d the Lord
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    01:05
    €2.10
  • Act One, Scene 3 - II. Chorus: Ye sons of Israel mourn
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    01:52
    €2.10
  • Act One, Scene 3 - III. Air: O Jordan, Jordan, sacred tide
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    07:42
    €4.20
  • Act One, Scene 3 - IV. Chorus: Ye sons of Israel mourn
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    02:01
    €2.10
  • Act Two, Scene 1 - I. Recitative: Why sits that sorrow on thy brow?
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    01:02
    €2.10
  • Act Two, Scene 1 - II. Air: Dread not, righteous Queen, the danger
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    04:25
    €2.10
  • Act Two, Scene 1 - III. Recitative: I go before the king to stand
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    00:13
    €2.10
  • Act Two, Scene 1 - IV. Air: Tears assist me, pity moving
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    02:50
    €2.10
  • Act Two, Scene 1 - V. Chorus: Save us, O Lord
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    01:27
    €2.10
  • Act Two, Scene 2 - I. Recitative: Who dares intrude into our presence without our leave?
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    01:09
    €2.10
  • Act Two, Scene 2 - II. Duet: Who calls my parting soul from death?
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    02:46
    €2.10
  • Act Two, Scene 2 - III. Air: O beauteous Queen, unclose those eyes!
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    07:18
    €4.20
  • Act Two, Scene 2 - IV. Recitative: If I find favour in thy sight
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    00:20
    €2.10
  • Act Two, Scene 2 - V. Air: How can I stay, when love invites?
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    03:09
    €2.10
  • Act Two, Scene 2 - VI. Recitative: With inward joy his visage glows
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    00:16
    €2.10
  • Act Two, Scene 2 - VII. Chorus: Virtue, truth and innocence
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    02:44
    €2.10
  • Act Three, Scene 1 - I. Air: Jehovah crown’d with glory bright
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    01:58
    €2.10
  • Act Three, Scene 1 - II. Chorus: He comes, He comes to end our woes
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    04:17
    €2.10
  • Act Three, Scene 2 - I. Recitative: Now, O Queen, they suit declare
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    01:38
    €2.10
  • Act Three, Scene 2 - II. Accompagnato: Turn not, O Queen, thy face away
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    02:37
    €2.10
  • Act Three, Scene 2 - III. Air: Flatt’ring tongue, no more I hear thee!
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    04:52
    €2.10
  • Act Three, Scene 2 - IV. Recitative: Guards, seize the traitor, bear him hence!
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    00:40
    €2.10
  • Act Three, Scene 2 - V. Air: How art thou fall’n from thy height!
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    06:10
    €4.20
  • Act Three, Scene 2 - VI. Chorus: The Lord our enemy has slain
    Composer(s) George Frideric Handel
    Artist(s) John Butt Dunedin Consort

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

    11:57
    €6.30

Total running time: 99 minutes.

Album information

John Butt leads the award-winning team of singers in the 1720 Cannons version of Esther. It was named by The Times as one of the 'Best Classical Albums of 2012'.

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 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.