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Eternal Heaven

Thomas Dunford, Jupiter, Lea Desandre, Iestyn Davies

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It’s hard to imagine a better cast than the two stunning voices of mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre and countertenor Iestyn Davies, who take this ambitious Handel programme to a whole new level. Drawing from the English composer’s most beautiful pages (Theodora, Hercules, Solomon, Semele), the two singers take us to a little-known world; a dimension previously almost invisible to the human ear. The words of Shakespeare quoted in the epigraph of the libretto perfectly sum up the emotions that grip the listener when listening to this sumptuous recording: ‘and when love speaks, the voice of all the gods makes Heaven drowsy with the harmony’. This ‘harmony’ can be heard in every vocalisation, every burst from the orchestra—the splendid Jupiter ensemble directed by Thomas Dunford. They lead us on an explorative adventure through the richest depths of baroque music, where the theorbo spins its dreamy arpeggios, and the viol sounds almost mystical. The ensemble injects this programme with life and power. Handel has hardly ever sounded so topical. © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz

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1
Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74: "Eternal Source of Light Divine"
Jupiter
00:03:10

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Ambrose Philips, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

2
Theodora, HWV 68, Act 2: "With Darkness Deep, as Is My Woe" (Theodora)
Jupiter
00:03:41

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Thomas Morell, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

3
The Choice of Hercules, HWV 69: "Yet, Can I Hear That Dulcet Lay" (Hercules)
Jupiter
00:03:43

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Thomas Morell, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

4
Hercules, HWV 60, Act 2: "Joys of Freedom" (Dejanira, Iole)
Jupiter
00:02:53

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Broughton, Poet - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

5
Theodora, HWV 68, Act 1: "As With Rosy Steps the Morn" (Irene)
Jupiter
00:06:31

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Thomas Morell, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

6
Semele, HWV 58, Act 3: "Despair No More Shall Wound Me" (Athamas)
Jupiter
00:04:57

George Frideric Handel, Composer - William Congreve, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

7
Solomon, HWV 67, Act 3: "Will the Sun Forget to Streak" (Queen of Sheba)
Jupiter
00:05:08

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Moses Mendes, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

8
Susanna, HWV 66, Act 3: "To My Chaste Susanna’s Praise" (Joacim, Susanna)
Jupiter
00:02:32

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Moses Mendes, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

9
Saul, HWV 53, Act 1: "Oh Lord, Whose Mercies Numberless" (David)
Jupiter
00:03:56

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Charles Jennens, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

10
Joseph and His Brethren, HWV 59, Act 3: "Prophetic Raptures Swell My Breast" (Asenath)
Jupiter
00:03:47

James Miller, Poet - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

11
Theodora, HWV 68, Act 3: "Thither Let Our Hearts Aspire!" (Theodora, Didymus)
Jupiter
00:03:24

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Thomas Morell, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

12
Suite No. 4 in D Minor, HWV 437: III. Sarabande
Jupiter
00:05:43

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

13
Semele, HWV 58, Act 2: "Prepare, Then, Ye Immortal Choir" (Semele, Ino)
Jupiter
00:02:16

George Frideric Handel, Composer - William Congreve, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

14
Semele, HWV 58, Act 2: "Hence, Iris, Hence Away" (Juno)
Jupiter
00:03:02

George Frideric Handel, Composer - William Congreve, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

15
The Triumph of Time and Truth, HWV 71, Act 3: "Guardian Angels, Oh, Protect me" (Beauty)
Jupiter
00:05:52

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Benedetto Pamphili, Poet - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

16
Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Pt. 1: "Fly from the Threat’ning Vengeance, Fly!"
Jupiter
00:02:36

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Newburgh Hamilton, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

17
Semele, HWV 58, Act 1: "You’ve Undone Me" (Ino, Athamas)
Jupiter
00:02:19

George Frideric Handel, Composer - William Congreve, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

18
Esther, HWV 50b, Act 2: "Who Calls My Parting Soul from Death?" (Esther, Ahasuerus)
Jupiter
00:02:47

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Alexander Pope, Poet - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - John Arbuthnot, Poet - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

19
Semele, HWV 58, Act 3: "No, No, I’ll Take No Less" (Semele)
Jupiter
00:04:52

George Frideric Handel, Composer - William Congreve, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

20
Semele, HWV 58, Act 2: "But Hark, the Heav'nly Sphere Turns Round" (Ino)
Jupiter
00:02:12

George Frideric Handel, Composer - William Congreve, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

21
Theodora, HWV 68, Act 2: "To Thee Thy Glorious Son of Worth" (Theodora, Didymus)
Jupiter
00:04:57

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Thomas Morell, Poet - Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

22
That's so You
Jupiter
00:05:25

Jupiter, Ensemble, MainArtist - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Thomas Dunford, Composer, Conductor, Lute, MainArtist - Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Doug Balliett, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2022 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2022 Ensemble Jupiter under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

Album review

It’s hard to imagine a better cast than the two stunning voices of mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre and countertenor Iestyn Davies, who take this ambitious Handel programme to a whole new level. Drawing from the English composer’s most beautiful pages (Theodora, Hercules, Solomon, Semele), the two singers take us to a little-known world; a dimension previously almost invisible to the human ear. The words of Shakespeare quoted in the epigraph of the libretto perfectly sum up the emotions that grip the listener when listening to this sumptuous recording: ‘and when love speaks, the voice of all the gods makes Heaven drowsy with the harmony’. This ‘harmony’ can be heard in every vocalisation, every burst from the orchestra—the splendid Jupiter ensemble directed by Thomas Dunford. They lead us on an explorative adventure through the richest depths of baroque music, where the theorbo spins its dreamy arpeggios, and the viol sounds almost mystical. The ensemble injects this programme with life and power. Handel has hardly ever sounded so topical. © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz

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