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Triumph Of Time And Truth


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000002ZGN
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act I: Overture
2. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act I: Chorus
3. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act I: Beauty
4. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act I: Mirror
5. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act I: Pleasure - Beauty
6. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act I: Pleasure
7. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act I: Beauty & Chorus
8. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act I: Time (To Beauty)
9. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act I: Counsel
10. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act I: Pleasure
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act II: Beauty
2. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act II: Counsel
3. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act II: Time (To Beauty)
4. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act II: Time
5. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act II: Counsel (To Beauty)
6. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act II: Pleasure
7. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act II: Deceit
8. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act II: Deceit
9. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act II: Time
10. The Triumph Of Time And Truth: Act II: Beauty
See all 28 tracks on this disc

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Handel tinkered with this allegory throughout his career, producing various versions in Italian and English. The plot is a contest for the heart and mind of Beauty: Pleasure and Deceit encourage hedonism, arguing that "life consists in the present hour." Time and Counsel advise Beauty to forswear worldly pleasures, which "will soon decay". (Guess who wins.) You'd expect the villains to get all the good tunes, but the musical interest here is evenly spread. Time and Counsel get lively and contemplative arias; in particular, Varcoe makes Time's "Loathsome urns" beguiling and chilling. Kirkby, playing a villain for once, is an all-too-convincing Deceit; Partridge as Pleasure, though not ideally youthful, makes some gorgeous sounds. Fisher is well cast as Beauty, and Darlow's direction is a triumph. --Matthew Westphal

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As noted in the editorial review, Handel tinkered with this oratorio a number of times, both in Italy and in England. The result is a not-your-standard-Handel as the two sides (physical vs spritual) each try to tempt Beauty to their cause. Time, Truth, Deceit and Pleasure are all given wondrous opportunities for sound and word painting, each in their own style, all being linked by the responses Beauty makes in return.
The voices are uniformly superb, and the direction and tempi are excellent in keeping with the words being sung. Try this for a different style of Handelian vocal writing and you will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Triumph for Handel! Dec 18 2003
By J. Price - Published on Amazon.com
As noted in the editorial review, Handel tinkered with this oratorio a number of times, both in Italy and in England. The result is a not-your-standard-Handel as the two sides (physical vs spritual) each try to tempt Beauty to their cause. Time, Truth, Deceit and Pleasure are all given wondrous opportunities for sound and word painting, each in their own style, all being linked by the responses Beauty makes in return.
The voices are uniformly superb, and the direction and tempi are excellent in keeping with the words being sung. Try this for a different style of Handelian vocal writing and you will not be disappointed.


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