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Händel – Jephtha

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Catalogue numberBIS-CD-1864
Release date2011-02-05
Discs2
Orig. sample rate48000Hz

After finishing the chorus ‘How dark, O Lord, are thy decrees’ in February 1751, Handel noted in the autograph score that he couldn’t continue his work on Jephtha because of eye problems. Later in the year, he regained his eyesight and was able to complete the work in the autumn. The problems returned however, and in January 1753 a London newspaper reported that ‘Mr Handel has at length, unhappily, quite lost his sight’. Jephtha was thus to become Handel's last oratorio, and indeed his last major work. It is nevertheless no less a masterpiece than his earlier works, and contains some of his noblest music. The plot of this ‘Sacred Drama’ is loosely based on the story of Jephtha in the Old Testament: a father who in order to win the the Israelites’ struggle against the Ammonites makes a rash promise to God, and after his victory is compelled to sacrifice his own daughter. The situation gives rise to music of touching poignancy, as well as great choral set-pieces. This rousing live performance, recorded in 2008 in the Stavanger Concert Hall, boasts a roster of soloists headed by the fine British tenor James Gilchrist as Jephtha, as well as the eminent Belgian choir Collegium Vocale Gent, all backed up by the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. At the helm of these large forces is Fabio Biondi, the Baroque violinist and conductor who since 2005 has been artistic director of the Stavanger orchestra in the baroque and classical repertoires.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Jephtha 157:43
01 Overture 05:03 $ 0.53 USD
02 Menuet 01:23 $ 0.15 USD
03 Accompagnato (Zebul): It must be so 01:37 $ 0.17 USD
04 Air (Zebul): Pour forth no more unheeded pray’rs 04:56 $ 0.52 USD
05 Chorus of Israelites: No more to Ammon’s god 03:06 $ 0.33 USD
06 Recitative (Zebul, Jephtha): But Jephtha comes 00:56 $ 0.10 USD
07 Air (Jephtha): Virtue my soul shall still embrace 04:01 $ 0.42 USD
08 Recitative (Storgè): ’Twill be a painful separation 00:33 $ 0.06 USD
09 Air (Storgè): In gentle murmurs will I mourn 04:30 $ 0.47 USD
10 Recitative (Hamor): Happy this embassy 00:56 $ 0.10 USD
11 Air (Hamor): Dull delay, in piercing anguish 02:37 $ 0.27 USD
12 Recitative (Iphis): Ill suits the voice of love 00:29 $ 0.05 USD
13 Air (Iphis): Take the heart you fondly gave 03:08 $ 0.33 USD
14 Recitative (Hamor): I go. My soul, inspir’d 00:27 $ 0.05 USD
15 Duet (Iphis and Hamor): These labours past 04:25 $ 0.46 USD
16 Recitative (Jephtha): What mean these doubtful fancies 02:23 $ 0.25 USD
17 Chorus of Israelites: O God, behold our sore distress 04:49 $ 0.51 USD
18 Recitative (Storgè): Some dire event 00:31 $ 0.05 USD
19 Air (Storgè): Scenes of horror, scenes of woe 03:57 $ 0.41 USD
20 Recitative (Iphis, Storgè): Say, my dear mother 00:55 $ 0.10 USD
21 Air (Iphis): The smiling dawn of happy days 02:00 $ 0.21 USD
22 Recitative (Zebul, Jephtha): Such, Jephtha 00:36 $ 0.06 USD
23 Chorus of Israelites: When His loud voice in thunder spoke 04:04 $ 0.43 USD
24 Recitative (Hamor): Glad tidings of great joy 01:20 $ 0.14 USD
25 Chorus of Israelites: Cherub and seraphim 03:34 $ 0.37 USD
26 Air (Hamor): Up the dreadful steep ascending 04:56 $ 0.52 USD
27 Recitative (Iphis): ’Tis well 00:23 $ 0.04 USD
28 Air (Iphis): Tune the soft melodious lute 03:36 $ 0.38 USD
29 Recitative (Jephtha): Heav’n smiles once more 00:41 $ 0.07 USD
30 Air (Jephtha): His mighty arm 05:19 $ 0.56 USD
31 Chorus: In glory high 02:48 $ 0.29 USD
 
 
Disc 2
01 Symphony 00:46 $ 0.08 USD
02 Recitative (Iphis): Hail, glorious conqueror 00:24 $ 0.04 USD
03 Air (Iphis) and Chorus of Virgins: Welcome as the cheerful
light
02:04 $ 0.22 USD
04 Recitative (Jephtha): Horror, confusion! 00:28 $ 0.05 USD
05 Air (Jephtha): Open thy marble jaws 03:08 $ 0.33 USD
06 Recitative (Zebul, Jephtha): Why is my brother thus
afflicted?
01:13 $ 0.13 USD
07 Accompagnato (Storgè): First perish thou 02:07 $ 0.22 USD
08 Recitative (Hamor): If such thy cruel purpose 00:25 $ 0.04 USD
09 Air (Hamor): On me let blind mistaken zeal 01:59 $ 0.21 USD
10 Quartet: Oh, spare your daughter 01:58 $ 0.21 USD
11 Recitative and Accompagnato (Iphis): Such news flies swift 01:28 $ 0.15 USD
12 Air (Iphis): Happy they 03:06 $ 0.33 USD
13 Accompagnato (Jephtha): Deeper, and deeper still 03:02 $ 0.32 USD
14 Chorus: How dark, O Lord, are Thy decrees 08:31 $ 0.89 USD
15 Accompagnato (Jephtha): Hide thou thy hated beams 02:21 $ 0.25 USD
16 Air (Jephtha): Waft her, angels 04:32 $ 0.48 USD
17 Recitative (Iphis): Ye sacred priests 00:39 $ 0.07 USD
18 Air (Iphis): Farewell, ye limpid springs 05:25 $ 0.57 USD
19 Chorus of Priests: Doubtful fear and rev’rent awe 03:16 $ 0.34 USD
20 Symphony 01:15 $ 0.13 USD
21 Recitative (Angel): Rise, Jephtha 01:15 $ 0.13 USD
22 Air (Angel): Happy, Iphis, shalt thou live 04:00 $ 0.42 USD
23 Arioso (Jephtha): For ever blessed be Thy holy name 01:00 $ 0.11 USD
24 Chorus of Priests: Theme sublime of endless praise 04:00 $ 0.42 USD
25 Recitative (Zebul): Let me congratulate 00:32 $ 0.06 USD
26 Air (Zebul): Laud her, all ye virgin train 02:05 $ 0.22 USD
27 Recitative (Storgè): Oh, let me fold thee 00:19 $ 0.03 USD
28 Air (Storgè): Sweet as sight to the blind 02:09 $ 0.23 USD
29 Recitative (Hamor): With transport, Iphis 00:32 $ 0.06 USD
30 Air (Hamor): ’Tis Heav’n’s all-ruling pow’r 04:51 $ 0.51 USD
31 Recitative (Iphis): My faithful Hamor 00:23 $ 0.04 USD
32 Quintet: All that is in Hamor mine 03:46 $ 0.40 USD
33 Chorus of Israelites: Ye house of Gilead 03:58 $ 0.42 USD
34 Applause 00:47 $ 0.08 USD
 
  Album total 157:43
ComposerHändel, Georg Friedrich
ConductorBiondi, Fabio
OrchestraStavanger Symphony Orchestra
BaritoneStensvold, Håvard
ChoirCollegium Vocale Gent
TenorGilchrist, James
Mezzo-sopranoJansson, Elisabeth
Kielland, Marianne B.
SopranoJulsrud, Mona
Rapp, Elisabeth

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