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Handel: Jephtha [Box set]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt , Arnold Schoenberg Choir , Concentus musicus wien Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Feb 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B001OBVA12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Overture - Menuet
2. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 ""It must be so - or these vile Ammonites"" ""Pour forth no more unheeded pray'rs"" [Zebul]"
3. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 ""No more to Ammon's god and king"" [Chorus]"
4. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 ""But Jephtha comes"" [Zebul, Jephtha] ""Virtue my soul shall still embrace"" [Jephtha]"
5. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 ""'Twill be a painful separation, Jephtha"" ""In gentle murmurs will I mourn"" [Storgè]"
6. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 1 ""Happy this embassy, my charming Iphis"" ""Dull delay, in piercing anguish"" [Hamor]"
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Disc: 2
1. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 ""Glad tidings of great joy to thee, dear Iphis"" [Hamor]"
2. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 ""Cherub and Seraphim, unbodied forms"" [Chorus]"
3. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 ""Up the dreadful steep ascending"" [Hamor]"
4. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 ""'Tis well. Haste, haste, ye maidens"" ""Tune the soft melodious lute"" [Iphis]"
5. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 ""Again Heav'n smiles on his repentant people"" ""Freedom now once more possessing"" [Zebul]"
6. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 2 ""Zebul, thy deeds were valiant"" ""His mighty arm, with sudden blow"" [Jephtha]"
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Disc: 3
1. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 ""Hide thou thy hated beams, O sun"" ""A father, offering up"" ""Waft her, angels, through the skies"" [Jephtha]"
2. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 ""Ye sacred priests"" ""Farewell, ye limpid springs and floods"" [Iphis]"
3. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 ""Doubtful fear and rev'rent awe"" [Chorus]"
4. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 ""And they determin'd will declare"" Symphony [Chorus]"
5. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 ""Rise, Jephtha, and ye rev'rend priests"" ""Happy, Iphis, shalt thou live"" [Angel]"
6. "Handel : Jephtha HWV70 : Act 3 ""For ever blessed be thy holy name"" [Jephtha]"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Value for money 29 Dec 2012
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An excellent all round recording.Solid performances and a pleasure to listen too. Gives value for money for the price and well worth considering.
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I have nothing but praise for this recording of the oratorio 'Jephtha'. It is so operatic that one could be forgiven for believing it to be an opera, indeed, Welsh National Opera is staging it this autumn. The soloists, not all of whom are known to me, have been superbly selected; however what stands out is the conducting, so poised, so idiomatic, so punchy, so aware of Haendel's every wish. The recording is slightly 'barny' (I am not sure whether the recording was made in a church, but it sounds like it.) If you're a Haendel-lover you should have this - it is simply superb. You'll be swooning, singing along and bouncing around by turns - or all at once!
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This is a Biblical oratorio that refers to a very sorry episode of the Old Testament. In just a few words, Jephtha goes to war in the name of Israel to liberate some area. He vows before leaving that he will put to death the first person who salutes him if he comes back triumphant. He so vows to put to death a member of his own community to thank his god for his victory, not an enemy like in Titus Andronicus. A member of his own community. Barbaric. And triumphant he is and his own daughter salutes him first. The plot sickens. But God in his great omnipotence saves the life of the daughter provided she dedicates her whole life and virginity to God himself, killing all possible love, particularly with her promised husband Hamor. He is a god of justice, maybe, of authority for sure, of obedience definitely, but of love certainly not.

But Handel transforms this hateful story into a marvellous opera thanks to his music and the singing. I defy you to find any distance between n him and the plot that he takes the way it comes without hinting anything negative about that god. So let's speak of the music.

The voices first. The mother Storgé is a mezzo-soprano and that's the perfect choice for her role. She is a permanent lamenter. She laments when the war is announced. She laments when the daughter is promised to a sacrifice. She event laments when the daughter is saved from death though not from virginity. She is a lamenting and weeping mother and a mezzo-soprano is just the perfect range for a woman to sing that role.

The alto is Hamor and not Jephtha and we understand why very fast. He is a perfect lover going to the war, wailing slightly and rejoicing with the promised fame, especially since his promised wife Iphis is exhilarated by the war and the excitement.
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the opera lover 23 May 2010
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As a low brow opera follower this was a case of me attempting to run before I could walk. I am sure I will return to this CD in time.
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