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HANDEL: Solomon, HWV 67

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Universally recognized as one of Handel's finest masterpieces, Solomon is the most sensuous of his biblical oratorios. Magnificent, intricate choruses, seven of which are in eight voice parts, alternate with rapturous, intimate love music, as when Solomon, on the completion of his Temple, beckons his Queen towards the cedar grove.

Part II deals with Solomon's wisdom in deciding who is the mother of the new-born baby. Part III, which opens with the ever popular 'Arrival of the Queen of Sheba', portrays the visit of the Queen and her amazement at the splendour of Solomon's court, yet another instance of Handel paying astute homage to his patron, George II.

\A thoughtful performance of a musically satisfying piece" is how 'BBC Music Magazine' described the Junge Kantorei under Joachim Carlos Martini on Handel's 'Athalia' (8554364-65), and 'Classics Today' highly praised the soloists and instrumentalists in Handel's 'Deborah' (8.554785-87): "Eva Wolak has a rich, dark sound, fine exclamatory powers, and good coloratura technique... Deborah, the Hebrew Judge, is nobly done by Elisabeth Scholl... Martini and his energetic forces, with exciting string and harpsichord attacks underpinning the more warlike utterances, are a definite plus in this live recording"."
Item number 8557574-75
Barcode 747313257423
Release date 01/07/2006
Category BAROQUE
Label Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 2
Artists Christopher Tingay
Elisabeth Scholl
John Cran
Knut Schoch
Nicola Wemyss
Composers George Frideric Handel
Conductors Joachim Carlos Martini
Orchestras Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra
Junge Kantorei
Producers Mark Buecker
Disc: 1
Solomon, HWV 67
1 Part I: Overture
2 Part I: Allegro
3 Part I Scene 1: Your harps and cymbals sound (Chor
4 Part I Scene 1: Air: Praise ye the Lord (Levite)
5 Part I Scene 1: With pious hearts (Chorus of Pries
6 Part I Scene 1: Accompagnato: Almighty pow'r! (Sol
7 Part I Scene 1: Recitative: Imperial Solomon (Zado
8 Part I Scene 1: Air: Sacred raptures (Zadok)
9 Part I Scene 1: Throughout the land Jehovah's prai
10 Part I Scene 1: Recitative: Bless'd be the Lord (S
11 Part I Scene 1: Air: What tho' I trace (Solomon)
12 Part I Scene 2: Recitative: And see my Queen (Solo
13 Part I Scene 2: Air: Bless'd the day (Queen)
14 Part I Scene 2: Recitative: Thou fair inhabitant o
15 Part I Scene 2: Duet: Welcome as the dawn of day (
16 Part I Scene 2: Recitative: Vain are the transient
17 Part I Scene 2: Air: Indulge thy faith (Zadok)
18 Part I Scene 2: Recitative: My blooming fair (Solo
19 Part I Scene 2: Air: Haste to the cedar grove (Sol
20 Part I Scene 2: Recitative: When thou art absent f
21 Part I Scene 2: Air: With thee th'unshelter'd moor
22 Part I Scene 2: Recitative: Search round the world
23 Part I Scene 2: May no rash intruder (Chorus)
24 Part II Scene 1: From the censer curling rise (Cho
25 Part II Scene 1: Recitative: Prais'd be the Lord (
26 Part II Scene 1: Air: When the sun o'er yonder hil
27 Part II Scene 1: Recitative: Great prince (Levite)
28 Part II Scene 1: Air: Thrice bless'd that wise dis
29 Part II Scene 2: Recitative: My sovereign liege, t
30 Part II Scene 2: Air and Trio: Words are weak to p
Disc: 2
Solomon, HWV 67
1 Part II Scene 3: Recitative: What says the other (
2 Part II Scene 3: Air: Thy sentence, great king (Se
3 Part II Scene 3: Recitative: Withhold the executin
4 Part II Scene 3: Air: Can I see my infant gor'd (F
5 Part II Scene 3: Accompagnato: Israel, attend (Sol
6 Part II Scene 3: Duet: Thrice bless'd be the king
7 Part II Scene 3: From the east unto the west (Chor
8 Part II Scene 3: Recitative: From morn to eve (Zad
9 Part II Scene 3: Air: See the tall Palm (Zadok)
10 Part II Scene 3: Recitative: No more shall armed b
11 Part II Scene 3: Air: Beneath the vine (First Woma
12 Part II Scene 3: Swell the full chorus (Chorus of
13 Part III: Sinfonia, "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
14 Part III: Recitative: From Arabia's spicy shores (
15 Part III: Air: Ev'ry sight these eyes behold (Quee
16 Part III: Recitative: Sweep the string (Solomon)
17 Part III: Air and Chorus: Music, spread thy voice
18 Part III: Air and Chorus: Now a diff'rent measure
19 Part III: Recitative: Then at once (Solomon)
20 Part III: Draw the tear from hopeless love (Chorus
21 Part III: Recitative: Next the tortur'd soul relea
22 Part III: Air and Chorus: Thus rolling surges rise
23 Part III: Recitative: Thy Harmony's divine (Queen
24 Part III: Air: Pious king, and virtuous queen (Lev
25 Part III: Recitative: Thrice happy king (Zadok)
26 Part III: Air: Golden columns, fair and bright (Za
27 Part III: Praise the Lord (Chorus)
28 Part III: Recitative: Gold now is common (Solomon)
29 Part III: Air: How green our fertile pastures look
30 Part III: Recitative: May peace in Salem ever dwel
31 Part III: Air: Will the sun forget to streak (Quee
32 Part III: Recitative: Adieu, fair queen (Solomon)
33 Part III: Duet: Ev'ry joy, that wisdom knows (Solo
34 Part III: The name of the wicked (Chorus)
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