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Track Listing:

1
Joseph and His Brethren, HWV 59, Pt. 1: Ouverture
 
2
Be Firm, My Soul
 
3
Joseph, Thy Fame Has Reach'd Great Pharaoh's Ear
 
4
Come, Divine Inspirer, Come
 
5
Pardon, That I So Long Forgot Thee, Joseph
 
6
Ingratitude's the Queen of Crimes
 
7
Thus Stranger, I Have Laid My Troubled Thoughts
 
8
O God of Joseph
 
9
Pharaoh, Thy Dreams Are One
 
10
Divine Interpreter!
 
11
O Lovely Youth, with Wisdom Crown'd
 
12
Wear, Worthy Man, This Royal Signet Wear
 
13
Joyful Sounds, Melodious Strains
 
14
Whence This Unwonted Ardour in My Breast
 
15
I Feel a Spreading Flame
 
16
Fair Asenath, I've Asked Thee of Thy Father
 
17
Celestial Virgin! Godlike Youth!
 
18
Now, Potiphera, Instant to the Temple
 
19
A Grand March During the Procession
 
20
'Tis Done, the Sacred Knot Is Tied
 
21
Immortal Pleasures Crown This Pair
 
22
Glorious and Happy Is Thy Lot
 
23
Since the Race of Time Begun
 
24
Swift Our Numbers, Swiftly Roll
 
25
HWV 59, Pt. 2: Hail, Thou Youth, by Heav'n Belov'd
 
26
How Vast a Theme Has Egypt for Applause!
 
27
Our Fruits, Whilst Yet in Blossom, Die
 
28
He's Egypt's Common Parent
 
29
Blest Be the Man
 
30
Phanor, We Mention Not His Highest Glory
 
31
Together, Lovely Innocents, Grow Up
 
32
He Then Is Silent
 
33
Where Are These Brethren?
 
34
Remorse, Confusion, Horror, Fear
 
35
This Hebrew Prisoner
 
36
Ye Departed Hours
 
37
The Peasant Tastes the Sweets of Life
 
38
But Simeon Comes
 
39
Impostor
 
40
Whence, Asenath, This Grief That Hangs upon Thee?
 
41
The Silver Stream
 
42
Tell Me, Oh Tell Me Thy Heart's Malady
 
43
To Keep Afar from All Offence
 
44
Thus Once, with Ev'ry Virtue Crown'd
 
45
Once More, O Pious Zaphnath
 
46
Our Rev'rend Sire Intreats Thee
 
47
This Kiss, My Gracious Lord
 
48
Thou Deign'st to Call Thy Servant Son
 
49
Sweet Innocence, Divine Simplicity!
 
50
O God, Who in Thy Heav'nly Hand
 
51
HWV 59, Pt. 3: Sinfonia
 
52
What Say'st Thou, Phanor?
 
53
The Wanton Favours of the Great
 
54
Whence So Disturb'd, My Lord
 
55
Ah Jealousy, Thou Pelican
 
56
Oh, Wrong Me Not!
 
57
The People's Favour, and the Smiles of Pow'r
 
58
Art Thou Not Zaphnath?
 
59
Prophetic Raptures Swell My Breast
 
60
They Come, and Indignation in Their Looks
 
61
What, Without Me?
 
62
Oh, Pity!
 
63
To Prison with Him!
 
64
What Counsel Can We Take?
 
65
O Gracious God
 
66
Eternal Monarch of the Sky
 
67
But Peace, Zaphnath Returns
 
68
Thou Hadst, My Lord, a Father Once
 
69
Give, Give Him Up the Lad
 
70
I Can No Longer
 
71
Whilst the Nile and Memphis
 
72
What's Sweeter Than the New-Blown Rose
 
73
With Songs of Ardent Gratitude and Praise
 
74
We Will Rejoice in Thy Salvation
 

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra :

Joseph and his Brethren


Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale releases Joseph and his Brethren, its first recording of a Handel oratorio in 25 years and only the second recording of this work

Led by Handel specialist Nicholas McGegan and featuring a cast of early music powerhouses, including tenor Nicholas Phan as Simeon/Judah and soprano Sherezade Panthaki as Asenath

Handel's late-career oratorio Joseph and his Brethren, though popular during Handel's day, eventually became one of the composer's most neglected large-scale works.  As such, Joseph had only been recorded once before Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale decided to take it on for its latest recording project, the 11th on the Philharmonia Baroque Productions label. With a cast of early music specialists led by noted Handelian Nicholas McGegan, PBO makes a strong case for Joseph to regain its place among Handel's most often-performed oratorios such as Samson, Judas Maccabaeus, and Israel in Egypt.

The formidable cast includes the award-winning Philharmonia Chorale led by Bruce Lamott; mezzo-soprano Diana Moore as Joseph; tenor and GRAMMY nominee Nicholas Phan as Simeon and Judah, two of Joseph's brothers; soprano Sherezade Panthaki as Asenath, daughter of the high priest; and baritone Philip Cutlip as Pharaoh and Reuben, Joseph's eldest brother. Phan, who will sing the title role in Handel's Judas Maccabaeus during PBO's 2019/20 season, gives dramatic depth to the character of Simeon, who undergoes remarkable development, from fierce and tortured to pious and sympathetic, worthy of Joseph's tears. The character of Asenath, originally portrayed by French soprano Élisabeth Duparc, for whom the title role in Semele was created, has several dazzling arias, particularly "Prophetic raptures swell my breast" in Part III. They are executed with show-stopping gusto by Panthaki.

After years of popularity during Handel's lifetime, Joseph and his Brethren faded into obscurity, scornfully dismissed by some 20th-century critics as having an overly complex plot with too many storylines, and a sentimental libretto by James Miller. But while the oratorio may not be as immediately accessible as some of Handel's more popular works, Joseph features some of Handel's most inventive musical and dramatic techniques, and the story's sentimentality has deeper resonance in an era where displaced immigrants and family separations have become realities at home and across the globe. As with its other nearly 50 recordings, PBO continues to bring gems of the past vividly to life for modern audiences.