• BIS1864 Katalognummer
  • 7318590018644 EAN
  • 2CD Format
  • 2011 Utgivelsesår

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra | Biondi, Fabio (conductor)

Biondi, Fabio

Stensvold, Håvard (baritone) | Gilchrist, James (tenor) | Jansson, Elisabeth (mezzo-soprano) | Kielland, Marianne Beate (mezzo-soprano) | Julsrud, Mona (soprano) | Rapp, Elisabeth (soprano)

Händel, Georg Friedrich

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra | Collegium Vocale Gent



Händel, Georg Friedrich:

Disc 1

Accompagnato (Zebul): It must be so
Air (Zebul): Pour forth no more unheeded pray’rs
Chorus of Israelites: No more to Ammon’s god
Recitative (Zebul, Jephtha): But Jephtha comes
Air (Jephtha): Virtue my soul shall still embrace
Recitative (Storgè): ’Twill be a painful separation
Air (Storgè): In gentle murmurs will I mourn
Recitative (Hamor): Happy this embassy
Air (Hamor): Dull delay, in piercing anguish
Recitative (Iphis): Ill suits the voice of love
Air (Iphis): Take the heart you fondly gave
Recitative (Hamor): I go. My soul, inspir’d
Duet (Iphis and Hamor): These labours past
Recitative (Jephtha): What mean these doubtful fancies
Chorus of Israelites: O God, behold our sore distress
Recitative (Storgè): Some dire event
Air (Storgè): Scenes of horror, scenes of woe
Recitative (Iphis, Storgè): Say, my dear mother
Air (Iphis): The smiling dawn of happy days
Recitative (Zebul, Jephtha): Such, Jephtha
Chorus of Israelites: When His loud voice in thunder spoke
Recitative (Hamor): Glad tidings of great joy
Chorus of Israelites: Cherub and seraphim
Air (Hamor): Up the dreadful steep ascending
Recitative (Iphis): ’Tis well
Air (Iphis): Tune the soft melodious lute
Recitative (Jephtha): Heav’n smiles once more
Air (Jephtha): His mighty arm
Chorus: In glory high

Disc 2

Recitative (Iphis): Hail, glorious conqueror
Air (Iphis) and Chorus of Virgins: Welcome as the cheerful light
Recitative (Jephtha): Horror, confusion!
Air (Jephtha): Open thy marble jaws
Recitative (Zebul, Jephtha): Why is my brother thus afflicted?
Accompagnato (Storgè): First perish thou
Recitative (Hamor): If such thy cruel purpose
Air (Hamor): On me let blind mistaken zeal
Quartet: Oh, spare your daughter
Recitative and Accompagnato (Iphis): Such news flies swift
Air (Iphis): Happy they
Accompagnato (Jephtha): Deeper, and deeper still
Chorus: How dark, O Lord, are Thy decrees
Accompagnato (Jephtha): Hide thou thy hated beams
Air (Jephtha): Waft her, angels
Recitative (Iphis): Ye sacred priests
Air (Iphis): Farewell, ye limpid springs
Chorus of Priests: Doubtful fear and rev’rent awe
Recitative (Angel): Rise, Jephtha
Air (Angel): Happy, Iphis, shalt thou live
Arioso (Jephtha): For ever blessed be Thy holy name
Chorus of Priests: Theme sublime of endless praise
Recitative (Zebul): Let me congratulate
Air (Zebul): Laud her, all ye virgin train
Recitative (Storgè): Oh, let me fold thee
Air (Storgè): Sweet as sight to the blind
Recitative (Hamor): With transport, Iphis
Air (Hamor): ’Tis Heav’n’s all-ruling pow’r
Recitative (Iphis): My faithful Hamor
Quintet: All that is in Hamor mine
Chorus of Israelites: Ye house of Gilead




2 CDs for the price of 1

"This spirited live performance is to be welcomed. James Gilchrist make a stylish Jephtha... magnificent choruses." The Daily Telegraph; "157 minutes de musique intenses sans la moindre baisse de tension." Classica; "Biondi is always a dramatically alert Handelian." International Record Review; “Une interprétation haute en couleurs et très réussie.” Pizzicato; “[Gilchrist's] earnest portrayal of the tormented Jephtha combines dramatic feeling with outstanding diction.” American Record Guide

After finishing the chorus ‘How dark, O Lord, are thy decrees’ in February 1751, Handel noted in the autograph score that he couldn’t continue his work on Jephtha because of eye problems. Later in the year, he regained his eyesight and was able to complete the work in the autumn. The problems returned however, and in January 1753 a London newspaper reported that ‘Mr Handel has at length, unhappily, quite lost his sight’. Jephtha was thus to become Handel's last oratorio, and indeed his last major work. It is nevertheless no less a masterpiece than his earlier works, and contains some of his noblest music. The plot of this ‘Sacred Drama’ is loosely based on the story of Jephtha in the Old Testament: a father who in order to win the the Israelites’ struggle against the Ammonites makes a rash promise to God, and after his victory is compelled to sacrifice his own daughter. The situation gives rise to music of touching poignancy, as well as great choral set-pieces. This rousing live performance, recorded in 2008 in the Stavanger Concert Hall, boasts a roster of soloists headed by the fine British tenor James Gilchrist as Jephtha, as well as the eminent Belgian choir Collegium Vocale Gent, all backed up by the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. At the helm of these large forces is Fabio Biondi, the Baroque violinist and conductor who since 2005 has been artistic director of the Stavanger orchestra in the baroque and classical repertoires.


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