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Handel-Nabal [CD]

Joachim Carlos Martini , Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra Audio CD

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1. Nabal- Oratorio In Three Acts - George Frideric Handel

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An enjoyable glimpse into a long-defunct genre, Nabal is a pastiche oratorio (or pasticcio) first performed in 1764, some five years after Handel's death. The work was compiled from Handel's music by John Christopher Smith, son of Handel's principal copyist, who inherited the composer's scores in manuscript from his father. Continuing the Handel connection, the libretto is by his old collaborator, Thomas Morell.

The story is another in the then-popular tales from the Old Testament tradition, this time concerning Nabal, a wealthy but mean-spirited old buffer who spurns David when he is in exile from the court of Saul. Nabal's wife Abigail, however, pledges her loyalty to the future king; when Nabal gets wind of this he promptly dies, leaving Abigail free to become one of David's wives. The music is drawn from a broad and eclectic cross-section of operas, oratorios, anthems and cantatas, with the addition of recitatives attributed to Smith and some tantalising musical settings simply referred to in the booklet as "source unknown".

In this live concert recorded during June 2000 the five soloists, who share the arias pretty equally, all do good service. But the chorus lacks a little fire and could be more disciplined, and the same goes for the period-instrument Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra. Conductor Joachim Carlos Martini maintains a brisk pace that helps disguise some of the scrappy sections, however, and the result, if hardly essential, is a curiosity that seasoned Handelians will want to investigate. --Mark Walker

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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise having three sopranos no no alto soloist. 10 Feb 2013
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I was delighted when I got this CD because I am not fond of the alto voice and this has five soloists: bass, tenor, and three sopranos. The sopranos sing quite beautifully. There is a recitative with two of the sopranos and a duet with two of the sopranos. There also is a duet with a soprano and the tenor. I only gave it 4 stars because not being all that qualified to rate music, I didn't want to overrate it. It is not a work that I will listen to in it's entirety all that much, but I do have all the soprano arias and duets on my mp3 player. The only Handel work I listen through in it's entirety is Messiah, but I do enjoy some of the lesser known works and also have Esther and Israel in Egypt. Now, if I had the time to sit back and be totally immersed in the work, I would love to go through all of these works and more in their entirety.
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