Handel’s Triumph of Time and Truth

November 16, 2022, 10:00 pm

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Interior of the Church of Our Lady of the Snows in Olomouc, Czechia (Photo: Jana Sekyrová, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Between 1707 and 1757, Handel wrote three versions of one oratorio. On this edition of Baroque&Before, the students and teachers of Olomouc’s Summer School of Baroque Music under the direction of Roman Válek and Tereza Válková perform Triumph of Time and Truth.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert August 14, 2022 in the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, as part of the Czech Republic’s Olomouc Baroque Festival. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’ll be able to present a stream of the program for 30 days following tonight’s broadcast.


George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
The Triumph Of Time And Truth, oratorio in three acts HWV 71

Chorus: “Time is supreme”
Aria: “How happy could I linger here, Faithfull mirror”
Recitative: “Fear Not!”
Aria: “Pensive sorrow, deep possessing”
Aria: “Sorrow darkness every feature”
Aria & chorus: “Come, come! Live with pleasure”
Recitative: “Turn, look on me!”
Aria: “The Beauty, smiling”
Recitative: “Our powers we all will try”
Recitative: “The hand of Time”
Aria: “Loathsome urns, disclose you treasure”
Chorus: “Strengthen us, o Time”
Recitative: “Too rigid the reproof you give”
Solo: “Happy Beauty”
Solo and chorus: “Happy, if still they reign in Pleasure”
Recitative: “Youth is not rich in Time”
Aria and chorus: “Like the shadow, life ever is flying”

Solo and chorus: “Pleasure submits to pain”
Recitative: “Here Pleasure keeps her splendid court”
Chorus: “Oh, how great the glory”
Aria and chorus: “Dryads, Sylvans”
Aria: “Pleasure’s gentle Zephyrs playing”
Recitative: “Too long deluded you have been”
Recitative: “What is the present hour?”
Aria: “Fain would I, two hearts enjoying”.
Recitative: “Hear the call of Truth and Duty”
Chorus: “Ere to dust is chang’d thy Beauty”
Aria: “Sharp thorns despising”
Recitative: “Regard her not”
Aria: “Pleasure! My former ways resigning”
Chorus: “Comfort them, O Lord”
Aria: “Thus to earth”
Recitative: “Oh, mighty truth”
Aria: “From the heart that feels my warning”
Recitative: “Pleasure, too long associates we have been”
Aria: “Like clouds, stormy winds them impelling”.
Recitative: “She’s gone elling”
Aria: “Guardian angels”
Chorus: “Halleluja!”

Jan Krejča, theorbo
Monika Knoblochova, harpsichord
Olomouc Summer School of Baroque Music Orchestra & Choir
Tereza Válková, choirmaster
Roman Válek, conductor