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THEODORA
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Ralf Otto · music director
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THEODORA − Hana Blažíkova · soprano
IRENE − Nohad Becker · mezzo-soprano
DIDYMUS − Christian Rohrbach · countertenor
SEPTIMIUS − Georg Poplutz · tenor
VALENS − Daniel Ochoa · bass
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RALF OTTO · Music Director

It is remarkable that Theodora, this gem of an Oratorio, whose musical quality Handel himself considered to be particularly outstanding, seems to be largely unknown to professional musicians and the expert audience. This is even more astonishing as this masterpiece (in the versions of its first performance lasting nearly three hours) is definitely an absolute highlight of Handel’s creative work, not least because of its splendidly differentiated orchestration and the psychologically sensitive presentation of its protagonists.
To contribute to rescuing this three-act composition from totally undeserved obscurity and to adapt it to the time frame of today’s concert business was the reason for Ralf Otto to arrange the version presented on this recording – a version which was enthusiastically received by the audience whenever performed live. The recording scores additionally with the currently best cast for the title role: Hana Blažiková.

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Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 -1759)
T H E O D O R A • Oratorium in 3 Teilen | Oratorio in 3 parts, HWV 68
Libretto: Thomas Morell

CD 1
1.
Overture. Grave – Allegro
3:19
Part I Scene I
2.
[Recitative] “Tis Diocletian's natal day” (Valens)
0:54
3.
[Chorus of Heathens] “And draw a blessing down”
2:09
4.
[Recitative] “Vouchsafe, dread Sir, a gracious ear” (Didymus, Valens)
1:10
5.
[Air] “Racks, gibbets, sword and fi re” (Valens)
1:53
6.
[Chorus of Heathens] “For ever thus stands fi xed the doom”
1:46
Scene II
7.
[Recitative] “Most cruel edict!” (Didymus, Septimius)
0:36
8.
[Air] “The rapture'd soul defi es the sword” (Didymus)
2:22
9.
[Recitative] “I know thy virtues” (Septimius)
0:44
10.
[Air] “Descend, kind pity, heav'nly guest” (Septimius)
3:11

Scene III

11.
[Recitative] “Though hard, my friends” (Theodora)
0:34
12.
[Air] “Fond, fl att‘ring world, adieu” (Theodora)
4:03
13.
[Recitative] “O bright example of all goodness!” (Irene)
0:40
14.
[Chorus of Christians] “Come, mighty Father”
2:30
Scene IV
15.
[Recitative] “Fly, fl y, my brethren” (Messenger, Irene)
1:02
16.
[Air] “As with rosy steps the morn” (Irene)
2:25
17.
[Chorus of Christians] “All pow‘r in Heav'n above”
2:23
Scene V
18.
[Recitative] “Mistaken wretches!” (Septimius)

19.
[Air] “Dread the fruits of Christian folly” (Septimius)

20.
[Recitative and Accompagnato] “Deluded mortal!” (Theodora, Septimius) –


“Oh, worse than death” (Theodora)
1:20
21.
[Air] “Angels, ever bright and fair” (Theodora)
1:17
Scene VI
22.
[Recitative] “Unhappy, happy crew!” (Didymus, Irene)
0:59
23.
[Air] “Kind Heav'n, if virtue be thy care” (Didymus)
2:28
Scene VII
24.
[Recitative] “O love, how great thy pow'r!” (Irene)
0:36
25.
[Chorus of Christians] “Go, gen'rous, pious youth”
4:09

Total Time CD 1:
43:58



CD 2
PART II Scene I
1.
[Recitative] “Ye men of Antioch” (Valens, Septimius)
0:37
2.
[Chorus of Heathens] “Queen of summer, queen of love”
0:49
3.
[Air] “Wide spread his name” (Valens)
2:20
4.
[Recitative] “Return, Septimius” (Valens)
0:46
5.
[Chorus of Heathens] “Venus, laughing from the skies”
1:28
Scene II
6.
Symphony. Largo

7.
[Recitative] “O thou bright sun!” (Theodorea)

8.
[Air] “With darkness deep as is my woe” (Theodora)

9.
Symphony. Largo

Scene IV
10.
[Recitative] “The clouds begin to veil the hemisphere” (Irene)
0:44
11.
[Air] “Defend her, Heav‘n” (Irene)
0:31
Scene V
12.
[Recitative] “Or lulled with grief” (Didymus)
0:31
13.
[Air] “Sweet rose and lily, fl ow'ry form” (Didymus)
2:51
14.
[Recitative] “O save me, Heav'n” (Theodora, Didymus)
1:35
15.
[Air] “The pilgrim's home, the sick man's health” (Theodora)
1:28
16.
[Accompagnato] “Forbid it, Heav'n” (Didymus)
0:31
17.
[Recitative] “Ah! What is liberty” (Didymus, Theodora)
1:06
18.
[Duet] “To thee, thou glorious son of worth” (Theodora, Didymus)
4:30
Scene VI
19.
[Recitative] “'Tis night, but night‘s sweet blessing” (Irene)
0:43
20.
[Chorus of Christians] “He saw the lovely youth”
4:29
PART III Scene I
21.
[Air] “Lord, to thee, each night and day” (Irene)
3:09
Scene II
22.
[Recitative] “But see the good, the virtuous Didymus!” (Irene, Theodora)
0:51
23.
[Solo and Chorus of Christians] “Blest be the hand”
3:12
Scene III
24.
[Recitative and Accompagnato] “Undaunted in the court” (Messenger, Irene, Theodora)
3:09
25.
[Duet] “Wither, Princess, do you fl y” (Irene, Theodora)
1:33
26.
[Recitative] “She‘s gone! Disdaining liberty and life” (Irene)
0:40
Scene IV, V, VI, VII
27.
[Recitative] “Is it a Christian virtue, then” (Valens, Didymus) –


“Be that my doom” (Septimius, Theodora)
1:13
28.
[Air] “From virtue springs each gen'rous deed” (Septimius)
3:10
29.
[Air] “Cease, ye slaves, your fruitless pray'r” (Valens)
1:06
30.
[Recitative] “Oppose not, Didymus, my just desires” (Theodora)
0:39
31.
[Chorus of Heathens] “How strange their ends”
2:47
32.
[Recitative] “On me your frowns” (Didymus, Theodora, Valens, Septimius)
1:51
33.
[Air and Duet] “Streams of pleasure ever fl owing”(Didymus) –


“Thither let our hearts aspire” (Didymus, Theodora)
5:24
34.
[Recitative] “Ere this their doom is past” (Irene)
0:28
35.
[Chorus of Christians] “O Love Divine, thou source of fame”
3:54

Total Time CD 2:
67:23




Total time CD 1+2:
111:23

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