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HANDEL, Emma Kirkby, Jurgen Budday, Maulbronn Chamber Choir

Jephtha

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George Frideric Handel - Handel: Jephtha [Budday] (Disc 1) 01. Overture (4:19) 02. Act 1: It must be so - or these vile ammonites. (4:45) 03. Act 1: No more to Ammon's god and king. (3:13) 04. Act 1: Virtue my soul shall still embrace. (4:59) 05. Act 1: In gentle murmurs will I mourn. (5:23) 06. Act 1: Dull delay in piercing anguish. (3:53) 07. Act 1: Take the heart you fondly gave. (4:07) 08. Act 1: These labours past, how happy. (6:26) 09. Act 1: What mean these doubtful fancies of the brain? (2:38) 10. Act 1: O God, behold our sore distress. (4:35) 11. Act 1: Such, Jephtha, was the haughty king's reply. (0:29) 12. Act 1: When his loud voice in thunder spoke. (5:03) 13. Act 2: Glad tidings of great joy to thee, dear Iphis. (1:19) 14. Act 2: Cherub and Seraphim, unbodied forms. (3:19) 15. Act 2: Up the dreadul steep ascending. (5:50) 16. Act 2: Tune the soft melodius lute. (4:09) 17. Act 2: His mighty arm, with sudden blow, dispers'd. (6:17) 18. Act 2: In glory high, in might serene. (3:12) George Frideric Handel - Handel: Jephtha [Budday] (Disc 2) 01. Act 2 - Sinfonia (1:24) 02. Act 2 - Welcome, as the cheerful light (4:18) 03. Act 2 - Open thy marble jaws, O tomb. (5:27) 04. Act 2 - First perish thou; and perish all the world! (1:10) 05. Act 2 - Let other creatures die. (2:25) 06. Act 2 - On me let blind mistaken zeal. (2:12) 07. Act 2 - O spare your daughter! - Spare my child! - My love! (2:58) 08. Act 2 - Such news flies swift; - I've heard the mournful cause. (1:24) 09. Act 2 - Happy they! This vital breath with content I shall resign. (3:42) 10. Act 2 - Deeper and deeper still, thy goodness, child. (3:49) 11. Act 2 - How dark, O lord, are they decrees. (9:29) 12. Act 3 - Hide thou thy hated beams, O sun, in clouds. (2:31) 13. Act 3 - Waft her, angels through the skies. (3:25) 14. Act 3 - Ye sacred priests, whose hands ne'er yet were stain'd. (5:21) 15. Act 3 - Doubtful fear, and reverend awe. (4:13) 16. Act 3 - Rise, Jephtha. And ye reverend priests. (5:00) 17. Act 3 - For ever blessed be thy holy name. (1:35) 18. Act 3 - Theme sublime of endless praise. (3:27) 19. Act 3 - Let me congratulate this happy turn. (2:25) 20. Act 3 - O let me fold thee in a mother's arms. (2:34) 21. Act 3 - All that is in Hamor/Iphis mine, freely to heaven resign. (4:22) 22. Act 3 - Ye house of Gilead, with one voice in blessings manifold rejoice. (4:10)
  • Emma Kirkby - soprano
  • Maulbronn Chamber Choir - choir
  • Jurgen Budday - conductor
  • HANDEL
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2 CD:

Nr kat.: KUK60
Label  : K&K Verlagsanstalt

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Performance & Opus This recording is part of a cycle of old testament oratorios by G. F. Handel and is one of the many concerts performed at Maulbronn monastery over the past years. The series combines authentically performed baroque oratorios with the optimal acoustics and atmosphere of this unique monastic church. This ideal location demands the transparency of playing and the interpretive unveiling of the rhetoric intimations of the composition, which is especially aided by the historically authentic performance. The music is exclusively performed on reconstructed historical instruments, which are tuned to the pitch customary in the composers lifetime (a = 415 Hz). "Jephta" was Handel's last work of great dimensions. It was written in 1751 in London. It was performed for the first time at Covent Garden at february, 26. in 1752. Händel's last dramatical work was in the same time the most poetic of his oratories. The tension is not created by action but by the inner aspect of Jephta'ss unsolvible solitude. Expelled from Gilead by his half-brothers, he grows up in exile and becomes a god-fearing army commander, while Gilead is suppressed by the Ammonites. After 18 years of slavery, the eldest of Gilead ask Jephta to free them from their tyrants. As army commander, Jephta swears his god Jehova to sacrifice to him the first creature he will meet after victory. He can't see that it's his own daughter Iphis to take this burdon upon her shoulders. The desperation of Jephta, mother Storge and lover Hamor is met by the courage of Iphis, who comes to show herself as a true heroine. The tragical conflict of the sacrifice of his own daughter is turned to a good end, inspite of the outlines of the old testament. The music is of an overwhelming forcefulness and beauty. Jephta's importance is based in the first place on the imposing choir scenes. The choir has double function: at one hand he takes part in action actively, on the other hand he stays in the backround and comments on the story. “The upbeat in the CD edition is a drum beat... the technical sounding, outstandingly successful recording supplies the discography of the work with an interesting and worth listening to variant on the recordings by Harnoncourt, Gardiner, Marriner and Creed.” (Dr. Karl-Georg Berg, DIE RHEINPFALZ)