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Händel: Jephtha / Creed, Ainsley, George, Denley, Oelze


Release Date: 06/28/1994 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 1057   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Julia GoodingJohn Mark AinsleyMichael GeorgeCatherine Denley,   ... 
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber ChorusAcademy for Ancient Music Berlin
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 40 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jephtha, first performed in 1752, was Handel’s last major work, written while he was struggling with poor health and failing eyesight. Yet the score contains some of his most powerful and moving music, notably the chorus’s bleak paean to blind faith, ‘How dark, O Lord, are Thy decrees!’ Jephtha is also one of his more operatic oratorios and, if many Baroque operas require the suspension of disbelief, this libretto (by Thomas Morell) may need modern listeners to suspend their distaste at the perversities of its 18th-century pietism. Handel’s wonderfully humane music cuts through all such sanctimony, however, as if – as the Handel scholar Winton Dean has argued – in highlighting the themes of personal suffering and capricious fate, Handel Read more implicitly ‘makes Jehovah the villain of the piece’. This new recording, under the direction of Marcus Creed, is generally very fine, if a touch monochromatic. Soprano Christiane Oelze, as Iphis, is outstanding in a team of experienced Handelian soloists.

Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Graham Lock, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

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Jephtha, HWV 70 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Julia Gooding (Soprano), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Michael George (Bass),
Catherine Denley (Mezzo Soprano), Christiane Oelze (Soprano), Axel Köhler (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1752; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Kirche zur frohen Botchaft, Berlin 
Length: 160 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Jephtha, HWV 70: Overture
Jephtha, HWV 70: Menuet
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 1: Accompagnato: It must be so (Zebul)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 1: Air: Pour forth no more unheeded prayr's (Zebul)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 1: No more to Ammon's god and king (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 2: Recitative: But Jephtha comes (Zebul, Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 2: Air: Virtue my soul shall still embrace (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Twill be a painful separation (Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 2: Air: In gentle murmurs will I mourn (Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Happy this embassy, my charming Iphis (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Air: Dull delay, in piercing anguish (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Ill suits the voice of love (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Air: Take the heart you fondly gave (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Recitative: I go, my soul (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Duet: These labours past, how happy we (Iphis, Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 4: Recitative: What mean these doubtful fancies (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 4: Accompagnato: If, Lord, sustain'd by thy almighty pow'r - Tis said. Attend, ye Chiefs (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 4: O God, behold our sore distress (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 5: Recitative: Some dire event hangs o'er our heads (Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 5: Air: Scenes of horror, scenes of woe (Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 6: Recitative: Say, my dear mother (Iphis, Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 6: Air: The smiling dawn of happy days (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 7: Recitative: Such, Jephtha, was the haughty king's reply (Zebul, Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 7: When his loud voice in thunder spoke (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Glad tidings of great joy (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Cherub and Seraphim, unbodied forms (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Air: Up the dreadful steep ascending (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Tis well. Haste, haste, ye maidens (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Air: Tune the soft melodious lute (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Heav'n smiles once more (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 2: Air: His mighty arm (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 2: In glory high (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Symphony
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Hail, glorious conqueror! (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Air and Chorus: Welcome, as the cheerful light ... Welcome thou, whose deeds conspire (Iphis, Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Horror! Confusion! (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Air: Open thy marble jaws, O tomb (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Why is my brother thus afflicted? (Zebul, Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Accompagnato and Arioso: First perish thou - Let other creatures (Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Recitative: If such thy cruel purpose (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Air: On me let blind mistaken zeal (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Quartet: O spare your daughter! (Storge, Hamor, Jephtha, Zebul)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: Recitative: Such news flies swift (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: Accompagnato: For joys so vast (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: Air: Happy they! (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: Accompagnato: Deeper and deeper still (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: How dark, O Lord, are thy decrees! (Chorus)

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