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Endless Pleasure, Endless Love: Handel's Semele

Lucie Skeaping presents highlights from Handel's racy music drama Semele including the famous aria 'Where e'er you walk'.

Lucie Skeaping presents highlights from Handel's music drama Semele, including the famous aria 'Where e'er you walk'. Semele, a mortal princess, was the lover of Jupiter, nemesis of Juno, and mother of Bacchus, the god of wine and ecstasy. The work received only six performances in Handel's lifetime - perhaps due to its racy content - but today is a firm favourite with modern audiences.

59 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Semele - Overture

    Orchestra: Early Opera Company. Conductor: Christian Curnyn.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN07453.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Semele - Why dost thou thus untimely grieve?

    Singer: Robert Lloyd. Singer: Timothy Penrose. Singer: Norma Burrowes. Singer: Catherine Denley.
    • ERATO : 2292459822.
    • ERATO.
    • 5.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Semele - Endless pleasure, endless love

    Singer: Norma Burrowes. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ERATO : 2292459822.
    • ERATO.
    • 12.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Semele - O sleep, why dost thou leave me?

    Singer: Kathleen Battle. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • DG : 4357822.
    • DG.
    • 6.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Semele - Excerpts from Act II

    Singer: Kathleen Battle. Singer: John Aler. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • DG : 4357822.
    • DG.
    • 13.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Semele - Excerpts from Act III

    Singer: Rosemary Joshua. Singer: Hilary Summers. Singer: Brindley Sherratt. Orchestra: Early Opera Company. Conductor: Christian Curnyn.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN07453.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 7.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Semele - Excerpts from Act III

    Singer: Rosemary Joshua. Singer: Richard Croft. Orchestra: Early Opera Company. Conductor: Christian Curnyn.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN07453.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 14.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Semele - Happy Happy Shall We Be

    Singer: Rosemary Joshua. Singer: Hilary Summers. Singer: Brindley Sherratt. Singer: Stephen Wallace. Choir: Early Opera Company Chorus. Orchestra: Early Opera Company. Conductor: Christian Curnyn.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN07453.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 32.

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