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Handel: Samson / Richter, Young, Arroyo, Donath, Et Al


Release Date: 10/01/1996 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 453245   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Martina ArroyoThomas StewartHelen DonathEzio Flagello,   ... 
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach OrchestraMunich Bach Choir
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Richter brings a solid, disciplined richness to Handel. The big choruses are supported by the organ, and the harpsichord is exuberantly present just about everywhere. The Munich Bach Choir sometimes sings with a German accent but doesn't muff an eighth note. The soloists are all native English speakers, and paramount among them is Alexander Young, the best Handel tenor of his time. He combines agility with persuasive heroic strength, and he is a superb actor. His unparalleled flamboyance of declamation brings every word to life (listen to the confrontation with Dalila); you remember both the character and the music. Arroyo sounds both voluptuous and repentant as Dalila, Procter is a composed, stately Micah with an absolutely steady Read more contralto, and Flagello thunders imposingly as Harapha. Stewart's handsome baritone limns a suave, solicitous Manoa. The American tenor Jennings is the least renowned of these singers, and he does have a bland, forgettable voice; but he's an excellent technician who easily tosses off the most difficult passages. Armstrong and Donath divide the arias for the remaining Israelite and Philistine bystanders with almost equal distinction, though neither Archiv nor MHS specify who sings what. To Armstrong fall the ripest plums, "Let the bright Seraphim" and "With plaintive notes," and she manages admirably, though Donath's silvery voice is probably more appealing. If I tell you that Donath sings "It is not virtue," you should be able to sort out the rest—the timbres are quite different."

-- Ralph V. Lucano, Fanfare[11/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1. Samson, HWV 57 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Martina Arroyo (Soprano), Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Helen Donath (Soprano),
Ezio Flagello (Bass), Norma Procter (Alto), Alexander Young (Tenor),
Jerry J Jennings (Tenor), Sheila Armstrong (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
Date of Recording: C1969 

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