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Handel’s ‘Silla’ – Première Recording of Opera in 3 Acts

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Sung in Italian. Libretto by Giacomo Rossi. Live recording of First London Performance – recorded in collaboration with the London Handel Society. James Bowman, Joanne Lunn et al, The London Handel Orchestra. This recording is of an exciting event since, until fairly recently, the work was known only from fragments of Handel’s autograph and manuscript scores. “The performance is absolutely first-rate … James Bowman sings the title role so freshly…”

Live Recording of First London Performance – recorded in collaboration with the London Handel Society

The London Handel Orchestra – conducted by Denys Darlow

James Bowman • Simon Baker – Countertenors
Joanne Lunn • Rachel Nicholls – Sopranos
Natasha Marsh • Elizabeth Cragg – Sopranos
Christopher Dixon – Bass

On This Recording

  1. Silla: Overture: Largo – Allegro -Adagio
  2. Silla: Overture: Andante – Adagio
  3. Silla: Overture: Minuet
  4. Silla: Overture: March
  5. Silla: Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Silla, s’oggi risplende (Metella, Lepido, Silla)
  6. Silla: Act I Scene 1: Aria: Alza il volo la mia fama (Silla)
  7. Silla: Act I Scene 2: Recitative: S’ecclissa la mia gioia! (Metella, Lepido)
  8. Silla: Act I Scene 2: Aria: Fuggon l’aure in me di vita (Metella)
  9. Silla: Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Cieli, numi! che vidi? (Flavia, Lepido)
  10. Silla: Act I Scene 3: Aria: Se ben tuona il ciel irato (Lepido)
  11. Silla: Act I Scene 4: Recitative: Sin con lingua di foco (Celia, Flavia)
  12. Silla: Act I Scene 4: Aria: Un sol raggio di speranza (Flavia)
  13. Silla: Act I Scene 5: Recitative: Sino su li occhi miei (Celia, Claudio)
  14. Silla: Act I Scene 5: Aria: Senti, bell’idol mio! (Claudio)
  15. Silla: Act I Scene 6: Si, t’amo, oh caro, e pur io son costretta (Celia)
  16. Silla: Act I Scene 6: Aria: Se la speranza nudrisce il mio cor (Celia)
  17. Silla: Act I Scene 7: Recitative: Silla, dov’e la gloria (Claudio, Silla, Celia)
  18. Silla: Act I Scene 7: Aria: Con tromba guerriera (Claudio)
  19. Silla: Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Flavia! … Signor, la tua grandezza ammira (Silla, Flavia)
  20. Silla: Act II Scene 1: Aria: Qual scoglio in mezzo all’onde (Flavia)
  21. Silla: Act II Scene 2: Recitative: T’arresta, altera! Ma pietoso Amore (Silla)
  22. Silla: Act II Scene 2: Aria: Dolce nume de’ mortali (Silla)
  23. Silla: Act II Scene 3: Aria: Guerra, stragi e furor! (Il Dio)
  24. Silla: Act II Scene 5: Recitative: Silla! ove ti guida (Lepido, Silla)
  25. Silla: Act II Scene 5: Aria: E tempo, oh luci belle (Silla)
  26. Silla: Act III Scene 10: Recitative: Metella, oh Dio! Qual sento (Silla, Metella)
  27. Silla: Act II Scene 6: Duet: Sol per te, bell’idol mio (Flavia, Lepido)
  28. Silla: Act II Scene 7: Recitative: Bella, lascia i sospiri! (Claudio, Celia)
  29. Silla: Act II Scene 7: Aria: Mi brilla nel seno (Claudio)
  30. Silla: Act II Scene 8: Recitative: Mio bel nume, t’arresta! (Silla, Metella, Celia)
  31. Silla: Act II Scene 8: Aria: Hai due vaghe pupillette (Metella)
  32. Silla: Act II Scene 9: Recitative: Che miro, oh Dei? Qui Silla? (Flavia, Silla, Lepido)
  33. Silla: Act II Scene 10: Duet: Ti lascio, idolo mio (Flavia, Lepido)
  34. Silla: Act II Scene 11: Recitative: Anima mia! … Mio caro! (Claudio, Celia, Silla)
  35. Silla: Act II Scene 12: Recitative: Snabro! Lepido sia da’ stral traffitto (Silla, Scabro)
  36. Silla: Act II Scene 12: Aria: La vendetta e un cibo al cor (Silla)
  37. Silla: Act II Scene 13: Recitative: Oh! perfido consorte (Metella, Scabro)
  38. Silla: Act II Scene 14: Aria: Se’l mio mal da voi dipende (Claudio)
  39. Silla: Act II Scene 15: Recitative: Si, questi son trofei, pero imperfetti – Scene 16: Recitative: Deh! corri al tuo signore! (Silla, Metella)
  40. Silla: Act II Scene 17: Aria: Secondate, oh giusti dei (Metella)
  41. Silla: Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Quanto devo, oh Metella, al tuo cor generoso (Lepido, Metella)
  42. Silla: Act III Scene 2: Aria: Io non ti chiedo più, o sposo amato (Metella)
  43. Silla: Act III Scene 3: Recitative: Al tua fedeltade, o caro amino (Lepido)
  44. Silla: Act III Scene 3: Aria: Gia respira in petto i core (Lepido)
  45. Silla: Act III Scene 4: Recitative: L’imper quanto e pio vasto e più pesante (Silla)
  46. Silla: Act III Scene 5: Recitative: Placasti, oh bella diva, il tuo rigore? (Silla, Celia)
  47. Silla: Act III Scene 5: Aria: Sei gia morto, idolo mio (Celia)
  48. Silla: Act III Scene 6: Recitative: Rimembranze funeste (Celia, Claudio)
  49. Silla: Act III Scene 6: Aria: Luci belle, serene stelle (Claudio)
  50. Silla: Act III Scene 7: Aria: Stelle rubelle, a torto moriro (Flavia)
  51. Silla: Act III Scene 8: Recitative: Al fin, del mio rigore (Silla, Flavia)
  52. Silla: Act III Scene 9: Recitative: Spirto adorato, oh Dio! (Flavia, Lepido)
  53. Silla: Act II Scene 6: Recitative: Mio diletto, che pensi? (Flavia, Lepido)
  54. Silla: Act III Scene 10: Duet: Non s’estingue mail la fiamma (Metella, Silla)
  55. Silla: Act III Scene 11: Recitative: Propizio arrida il cielo (Metella)
  56. Silla: Act III Scene 12: Recitative: Pera la feritade! (Lepido, Claudio, All)
  57. Silla: Act III Scene 12: Sinfonia
  58. Silla: Act III Scene 12: Recitative: De’ miei falli pentito (Silla, Lepido, Flavia, Celia)
  59. Silla: Act III Scene 12: Chorus: Chi al trova tra procelle