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  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Composer: Handel
  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Coro
  • ASIN: B00LUH9DJQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act I: OvertureThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers 7:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Jephtha, HWV.70, Act I, Scene 1: Accompagnato. "It Must Be So" - Air. "Pour Forth No More"Matthew Brook 4:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act I, Scene 1: "No More to Ammon's God and King"The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act I, Scene 2: Recitative. "But Jephtha Comes" - Air. "Virtue My Soul Shall Still Embrace"James Gilchrist, Matthew Brook 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act I, Scene 3: Recitative. "'Twill Be a Painful Separation" - Air. "In Gentle Murmurs"Susan Bickley 5:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act I, Scene 3: Recitative. "Happy This Embassy" - Air. "Dull Delay"Robin Blaze 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act I, Scene 3: Recitative. "Ill Suits the Voice of Love" - Air. "Take the Heart"Sophie Bevan 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act I, Scene 3: Recitative. "I Go; My Soul" - Duet. "These Labors Past"Robin Blaze, Sophie Bevan 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act I, Scene 4: Recitative. "What Mean These Doubtful Fancies" - Accompagnato. "If, Lord" - Recitative. "'Tis Said"James Gilchrist 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act I, Scene 4: "O God, Behold Our Sore Distress"The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act I, Scene 5: Recitative. "Some Dire Event" - Air. "Scenes of Horror"Susan Bickley 4:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act I, Scene 5: Recitative. "Say, My Dear Mother" - Air. "The Smiling Dawn"Sophie Bevan, Susan Bickley 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act I, Scene 5: Recitative. "Such, Jephtha, Was the Haughty King's Reply" - "When His Loud Voice Spoke in Thunder"James Gilchrist, Matthew Brook 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 1: Recitative. "Glad Tidings of Great Joy to Thee"Robin Blaze 1:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 1: "Cherub and Seraphim"The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 1: Air. "'Up the Dreadful Steep Ascending"Robin Blaze 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 2: Recitative. "'Tis Well" - Air. "Tune the Soft Melodious Lute"Sophie Bevan 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 2: Recitative. "Heav'n Smiles Once More" - Air. "His Mighty Arm"James Gilchrist 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 2: "In Glory High, in Might Serene"The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act 2, Scene III: SymphonyThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers 1:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 3: Recitative. "Hail, Glorious Conqueror!" - Air. "Welcome as the Cheerful Light"Sophie Bevan 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 3: Recitative. "Horror! Confusion!" - Air. "Open thy marble jaws"James Gilchrist 4:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 3: Recitative. "Why is My Brother Thus Afflicted?"James Gilchrist, Matthew Brook 1:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 3: Accompagnato and Air. "First Perish Thou"Susan Bickley 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 3: Recitative. "If Such Thy Cruel Purpose" - Air. "On Me Let Blind Mistaken Zeal"Robin Blaze 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 3: Quartet. "O Spare Your Daughter"Jephtha, Robin Blaze, Susan Bickley, Zebul 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 4: Recitative. "Such News Flies Swift" - Accompagnato. "For Joys so Vast"Sophie Bevan 1:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 4: Air. "Happy They; This Vital Breath"Sophie Bevan 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 4: Accompagnato. "Deeper and Deeper Still"James Gilchrist 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 4: "How Dark, O Lord, are Thy Decrees"James Gilchrist 7:26£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act III, Scene 1: Air. "Hide Thou Thy Hated Beams, O Sun, in Clouds"James Gilchrist 2:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act III, Scene 1: Accompagnato. "A Father Off'ring Up" - Air. "Waft Her, Angels"James Gilchrist 5:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act III, Scene 1: Accompagnato. "Ye Sacred Priests" - Air. "Fairwell, ye Limpid Springs and Floods"Sophie Bevan 5:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act III, Scene 1: "Doubtful Fear and Rev'rent Awe"The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 3:55£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act III, Scene 1: SinfoniaThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers 2:39£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act III, Scene 1: Recitative. "Rise, Jephtha" - Air. "Happy, Iphis, Shalt Thou Live"Grace Davidson 5:15£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act III, Scene 1: Air. "For Ever Blessed by Thy Holy Name"James Gilchrist 1:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act III, Scene 1: "Theme Sublime of Endless Praise"The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 3:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act III, Scene 2: Recitative. "Let Me Congratulate" - Air. "Laud Her, all ye Virgin Train"Matthew Brook 2:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act III, Scene 2: Recitative. "Oh, Let Me Fold Thee in a Mother's Arms" - Air. "Sweet as Sight to the Blind"Susan Bickley 2:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act III, Scene 2: Recitative. "With Transport, Iphis" - Air. "'Tis Heav'n's All-Ruling Pow'r"Robin Blaze 5:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Jephtha, HWV.70, Act III, Scene 2: Recitative. "My Faithful Hamor" - Quintet. "All That is in Hamor is Mine"James Gilchrist, Matthew Brook, Robin Blaze, Sophie Bevan, Susan Bickley 3:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act III, Scene 2: "Ye House of Gilead, With One Voice"The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 3:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Jephtha, HWV 70, Act II, Scene 2: Recitative. "Again Heav'n Smiles" - Air. "Freedom Now"Matthew Brook 4:01£0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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Renowned for their Handel interpretations, Harry Christophers and his award-winning choir, The Sixteen, add to their glittering catalogue of Handel discs with this new recording of Jephtha. The Sixteen are joined by a stellar cast of soloists: James Gilchrist, Susan Bickley, Sophie Bevan, Robin Blaze, Matthew Brook and Grace Davidson.

'It has been reckoned that Handel put more notes on paper than any other composer before or since. When he undertook Jephtha, the last new oratorio he was to write, he had composed over 40 operas, over 30 odes, oratorios and serenatas, over 100 cantatas, over 40 pieces of church music, and over 100 instrumental works. Jephtha is the harvest of his decades of penetration and expression of individual character, the human condition, the natural world and the nature of God, and for many listeners it is the masterpiece among his oratorios.' (Ruth Smith: from her CD booklet article)

Review

By the time he came to write what was to be his last major choral work, Handel had completed almost 30 oratorios and more than 40 operas a vast canvas upon which he had displayed his breathtaking ability to portray every facet of human emotion. This final work distills all that has gone before into two hours of deeply profound music, beautifully performed here by Harry Christophers and his stellar cast of soloists. Sophie Bevan is dazzling as the daughter, Iphis, who must accept the dire consequences of her father's vow; her suitor, Hamor (Robin Blaze), is pure in both voice and devotion and James Gilchrist is simply sensational as the anguished Jephtha, breaking our hearts with Waft her, angels, through the sky. ***** --Observer, 21/09/14

The exceptional quality of the music and the performances is a key feature throughout, and right from the powerful, ornate stile antico of Pacelli's opening Veni sponsa Christi for five voices, with its spectacular Alleluia you know you're in safe hands- or should that be voices? --IRR, Sept'14

Handel invested a lifetime's experience in the composition of Jephtha, arguably his finest oratorio. The late work, to a libretto by the clergyman and classicist Thomas Morell, deals with the tragedy of the Old Testament hero Jephtha, who vows to God that in return for victory in battle he will sacrifice the first thing he meets on his homecoming. That thing happens to be his daughter. Jephtha is resigned to keep his word, until an angel intervenes to stay the slaught rous hand . Morell's interpretation of the story spares Iphis from the knife; rather, she is to be offered in dedication to God, in pure and virgin state forever , small comfort for individuals tortured by the dark shadows of the mind. Handel's response to the tale's human drama gave rise to music of extraordinary power. The composer became blind in his left eye and was afflicted by serious ill health while working on Jephtha, conditions that make the score's invention and insight all the more remarkable. Christophers has an uncanny knack for setting the ideal speeds for each number Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have lived with Jephtha for many years. I remember a fine performance they gave in the late 1990s at Freemason's Hall in London, done from memory as a work of music theatre. Their new recording, made in St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, was prefaced by concert performances at Bath Abbey and the Barbican Centre. Christophers has an uncanny knack for setting the ideal speeds for each number, often lively but never rushed, without losing sight of the oratorio's spacious dramatic landscape. Listen to the heart-breaking conclusion of For joys so vast too little price is paid , exquisitely sung by Sophie Bevan as Jephtha's daughter Iphis, for a sense of the close communion between conductor, soloist and band. --Sinfini Music, 14/11/14

Christophers's considered view of Handel,devoid of extremes and eccentricities,and the work of his outstanding choir amd orchestra make this a solid recommendation. --IRR, Dec'14

Harry Christophers's taut, vibrant and beautifully sprung account is bright and dazzling. Performance **** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine, Jan'15

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David N-G (York) on 11 Sept. 2014
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I have long had the Gardiner version, which I admire, but The Sixteen are highly regarded so I decided to buy this by way of comparison.
The work is fraught with deep emotion. In Act I we find love and the optimism of youth in both Hamor and Iphis, and for Storgé fear and anxiety in her "Scenes of horror...". In Act II Jephtha suffers anguish and despair, while Storgé explodes in anger in "First perish thou...". The quartet which follows brings out the different emotions in play very effectively. Act III shows Iphis calmly - even contentedly - accepting her fate in the midst of the powerful forces which surround her, whilst Jephtha, in his invocations to heaven displays calmer, more serene emotions: a total contrast to what went before.
With this background let us consider the principal soloists (Gardiner's quoted first). For Iphis, Dawson's voice is less vibrato than that of Bevan, and this, together with a sort of submissive wistfulness, gives her voice a girlish quality which is so well suited to the part. For Jephtha, Robson's delivery is smooth and even-toned, yet brings out well the anguish of his soul. Gilchrist's voice, by contrast, has an edge to it and his delivery is mannered (hence uneven), so he sounds more aggressive and, by implication, this makes him seem less willing to submit to the will of heaven. For Storgé, Von Otter is a contralto, and this being deeper-toned suits the part of a mother, and indeed the anger at her husband, better than does the mezzo of Bickley.
Overall, I find that The Sixteen soloists' interpretation is generally too mannered to effectively portray deep emotion, this surely requiring smooth and even-toned delivery to reveal inner anguish to the full, and in my opinion this has been achieved by Gardiner's soloists.
The choruses are good in both productions.
To conclude, I much prefer the Gardiner, and I award three stars to The Sixteen.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger F Nicholls on 1 Feb. 2015
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Beautiful in every respect
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Baxter on 6 Sept. 2014
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This is a great work performed with almost cosmic energy, immaculate articulation and all the urgency of a tale that needs to told.
Buy it!!!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gill M on 5 Oct. 2014
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Brilliant singing and orchestral playing.
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