Händel: Solomon

Händel: Solomon

by Nicholas McGeganNicholas McGegan

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Overview

"Solomon," one of Handel's most compelling oratorios, has been well served on disc, and Nicholas McGegan's version on Carus makes a strong addition. The recording was made at a live performance at the Frauenkirche, Dresden, and that circumstance is one of the few drawbacks of the release. The sound is fine for a live performance, but there is some sense of distance between the listener and the performers, much like there would be in, well, a live performance. The sound of the singers and instrumentalists doesn't have quite the fullness and presence and depth that some recordings create. Again, it's not a major distraction, but it makes it hard to put more effectively engineered versions out of mind, particularly conductor Daniel Reuss' outstanding version on Harmonia Mundi. McGegan's interpretation is solid, if somewhat conventional, without quite igniting the spark that can make the oratorio radiate joy and warmth and sensuality. As an example, the chorus that closes the first section, describing "Solomon"'s marriage, "May no rash intruder disturb their soft hours," can seethe with an erotic charge, but here sounds somewhat polite and perfunctory. All the performers are first rate; the Winchester Cathedral Choir and FestspielOrchester sing and play with vigor and a high level of energy. The soloists are in strong voice. Countertenor Tim Mead is a convincing Solomon, singing with warmth and full, commanding tone. Sopranos Dominique Labelle as Solomon's Queen and the First Harlot, and Claron McFadden as the Queen of Sheba and the Second Harlot bring voices of shining purity to their roles. Labelle is particularly moving as the First Harlot, and her passionate entreaty to Solomon and her ecstatic response to his judgment are among the highlights of the album. The men, tenor Michael Slattery and bass Roderick Williams as the Levite, also deliver strong supporting performances. McGegan's Solomon may not rise to the head of the pack in its intensity and heat, but it's a solid and elegant performance.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2007
Label: Carus
UPC: 0409350832420
catalogNumber: 83242
Rank: 174317

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67

    1. Act 1. Ouverture  (06:59)
    2. Act 2. Chorus. From the censer  (05:11)
    3. Act 3. Symphony. Arrival of Queen of Sheba  (03:01)
    4. Act 1. Chorus. Your harps and cymbals  (03:45)
    5. Act 2. Recitative. Prais'd be the Lord  (00:55)
    6. Act 3. Recitative. From Arabia's spicy shores  (00:59)
    7. Act 1. Air. Praise ye the Lord  (04:48)
    8. Act 2. Air. When the sun  (04:01)
    9. Act 3. Air. Ev'ry sight  (04:22)
    10. Act 1. Chorus. With pious heart  (04:31)
    11. Act 2. Recitative. Great prince  (00:27)
    12. Act 3. Recitative. Sweep, sweep  (00:11)
    13. Act 1. Air. Almighty pow'r  (02:40)
    14. Act 2. Air. Thrice bless'd  (03:32)
    15. Act 3. Solo and Chorus. Music, spread thy voice around  (03:32)
    16. Act 1. Recitative. Imperial Solomon  (00:56)
    17. Act 2. Recitative. My sovereign liege  (01:56)
    18. Act 3. Solo and Chorus. Now a diff'rent measure try  (01:44)
    19. Act 1. Air. Sacred raptures cheer my breast  (04:34)
    20. Act 2. Trio. Words are weak  (04:11)
    21. Act 3. Recitative. Then at once  (00:37)
    22. Act 1. Chorus. Throughout thy land  (02:48)
    23. Act 2. Recitative. What says the other  (01:06)
    24. Act 3. Recitative. Draw the tear  (02:30)
    25. Act 1. Recitative. Bless'd be the Lord  (00:20)
    26. Act 2. Air. Thy sentence  (02:10)
    27. Act 3. Recitative. Next the tortur'd soul  (00:12)
    28. Act 1. Air. What though I trace  (06:30)
    29. Act 2. Recitative. Withhold, withhold the executing hand  (00:13)
    30. Act 3. Solo and Chorus. Thus rolling surges rise  (03:21)
    31. Act 1. Recitative. And see my queen  (00:37)
    32. Act 2. Air. Can I see my infant  (03:59)
    33. Act 3. Recitative. Thy harmony's divine  (00:57)
    34. Act 1. Air. Bless'd the day  (05:18)
    35. Act 2. Recitative. Israel, attend  (01:32)
    36. Act 3. Air. Pious king  (03:12)
    37. Act 1. Recitative. Thou fair inhabitant  (00:34)
    38. Act 2. Duet. Thrice bless'd be the king  (03:23)
    39. Act 3. Recitative. Thrice happy  (00:43)
    40. Act 1. Duet. Welcome  (03:02)
    41. Act 2. Chorus. From the east  (02:51)
    42. Act 3. Air. Golden columns  (03:18)
    43. Act 1. Recitative. Vain are the transient beauties  (00:44)
    44. Act 2. Recitative. From morn to eve  (00:26)
    45. Act 3. Double Chorus. Praise the Lord  (04:19)
    46. Act 1. Air. Indulge thy faith  (02:59)
    47. Act 2. Air. See the tall palm  (05:34)
    48. Act 3. Recitative. Gold now is common  (00:22)
    49. Act 1. Recitative. My blooming fair  (00:08)
    50. Act 2. Recitative. No more shall  (00:14)
    51. Act 3. Air. How green  (02:11)
    52. Act 1. Air. Haste, haste  (03:10)
    53. Act 2. Air. Beneath the vine  (04:40)
    54. Act 3. Recitative. May peace  (00:39)
    55. Act 1. Recitative. When thou art absent  (00:13)
    56. Act 2. Chorus. Swell, swell  (02:44)
    57. Act 3. Air. Will the sun  (04:55)
    58. Act 1. Air. With thee th'unshelter'd moor  (02:02)
    59. Act 3. Recitative. Adieu, fair queen  (00:12)
    60. Act 1. Recitative. Search round the world  (00:18)
    61. Act 3. Duet. Ev'ry joy  (02:42)
    62. Act 1. Chorus. May no rash intruder  (03:13)
    63. Act 3. Chorus. The name of the wicked  (02:20)

Disc 3

  1. Applause  (00:30)

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