Anonymous - George Frideric Handel HANDEL, G.: Solomon

HANDEL, G.: Solomon

Anonymous - George Frideric Handel

Erschienen am 9. Juli 2014 bei Carus

Künstler: Nicholas McGegan

Genre: Klassik

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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.
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Album : 3 Discs - 64 Tracks Gesamte Laufzeit : 02:36:03

    Album 1
    Act I (Georg Friedrich Händel)
  1. 1 Overture

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  2. Solomon, HWV 67
  3. 2 Act I Scene 1: Your harps and cymbals sound to great Jehovah's praise (Chorus of Pr

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  4. 3 Act I Scene 1: Air: Praise ye the Lord for all His mercies past (Levite)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  5. 4 Act I Scene 1: With pious hearts, and holy tongue (Chorus of Priests)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  6. 5 Act I Scene 1: Air: Almighty pow'r, who rul'st the earth and skies (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  7. 6 Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Imperial Solomon, thy pray'rs are heard (Zadok)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  8. 7 Act I Scene 1: Air: Sacred raptures cheer my breast (Zadok)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  9. 8 Act I Scene 1: Throughout the land Jehovah's praise record (Chorus of Israelites)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  10. 9 Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Bless'd be the Lord, who look'd with gracious eyes (Solo

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  11. 10 Act I Scene 1: Air: What though I trace each herb and flow'r (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  12. 11 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: And see my queen, my wedded love (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  13. 12 Act I Scene 2: Air: Bless'd the day when first my eyes (Queen)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  14. 13 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Thou fair inhabitant of Nile (Solomon, Queen)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  15. 14 Act I Scene 2: Duet: Welcome as the dawn of day (Queen, Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  16. 15 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Vain are the transient beauties of the beauties (Zadok)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  17. 16 Act I Scene 2: Air: Indulge thy faith and wedded truth (Zadok)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  18. 17 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: My blooming fair, come, come away (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  19. 18 Act I Scene 2: Air: Haste, haste to the cedar grove (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  20. 19 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: When thou art absent from my sight (Queen)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  21. 20 Act I Scene 2: Air: With thee th'unshelter'd moor I'd tread (Queen)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  22. 21 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Search round the world, there never yet was seen (Zadok)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  23. 22 Act I Scene 2: May no rash intruder disturb their soft hours (Chorus)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  24. Album 2
  25. 1 Act II Scene 1: From the censer curling rise (Chorus of Israelites)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  26. 2 Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Prais'd be the Lord, from Him my wisdom springs (Solomo

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  27. 3 Act II Scene 1: Air: When the sun o'er yonder hills (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  28. 4 Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Great prince, thy resolution's just (Levite)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  29. 5 Act II Scene 1: Air: Thrice bless'd that wise discerning king (Levite)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  30. 6 Act II Scene 2: Recitative: My sovereign liege, two women stand (Attendant, Solomon

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  31. 7 Act II Scene 3: Trio: Words are weak to paint my fears (First Harlot, Second Harlot

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  32. 8 Act II Scene 3: Recitative: What says the other to th'imputed charge? (Solomon, Sec

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  33. 9 Act II Scene 3: Air: Thy sentence, great king (Second Harlot)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  34. 10 Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Withhold, withhold the executing hand! (First Harlot)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  35. 11 Act II Scene 3: Air: Can I see my infant gor'd (First Harlot)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  36. 12 Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Israel, attend to what your king shall say (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  37. 13 Act II Scene 3: Duet: Thrice bless'd be the king (First Harlot, Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  38. 14 Act II Scene 3: From the east unto the west (Chorus of Israelites)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  39. 15 Act II Scene 3: Recitative: From morn to eve I could enraptur'd ding (Zadok)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  40. 16 Act II Scene 3: Air: See the tall palm that lifts head (Zadok)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  41. 17 Act II Scene 3: Recitative: No more shall armed bands our hopes destroy (First Harl

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  42. 18 Act II Scene 3: Air: Beneath the vine, or fig-tree's shade (First Woman)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  43. 19 Act II Scene 3: Swell, swell the full chorus (Chorus of Priests)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  44. Album 3
  45. 1 Act III: Symphony: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  46. 2 Act III: Recitative: From Arabia's spicy shores (Queen of Sheba, Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  47. 3 Act III: Air: Ev'ry sight these eyes behold (Queen of Sheba)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  48. 4 Act III: Recitative: Sweep, sweep the string, to soothe the royal fair (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  49. 5 Act III: Air: Music, spread thy voice around (Solomon, Israelites)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  50. 6 Act III: Air: Now a diff'rent measure try (Solomon, Israelites)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  51. 7 Act III: Recitative: Then at once from rage remove (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  52. 8 Act III: Draw the tear from hopeless love (Chorus of Israelites)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  53. 9 Act III: Recitative: Next the tortur'd soul release (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  54. 10 Act III: Air: Thus rolling surges rise (Solomon, Israelites)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  55. 11 Act III: Recitative: Thy harmony's divine, great king (Queen of Sheba)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  56. 12 Act III: Air: Pious king, and virtuous queen (Levite)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  57. 13 Act III: Recitative: Thrice happy king, to have achiev'd (Zadok)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  58. 14 Act III: Air: Golden columns, fair and bright (Zadok)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  59. 15 Act III: Praise the Lord with harp and tongue! (Double Chorus)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  60. 16 Act III: Recitative: Gold now is common on our happy shore (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  61. 17 Act III: Air: How green our fertile pastures look! (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  62. 18 Act III: Recitative: May peace in Salem ever dwell! (Queen of Sheba)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  63. 19 Act III: Air: Will the sun forget to streak (Queen of Sheba)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  64. 20 Act III: Recitative: Adieu, fair queen, and in thy breast (Solomon)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  65. 21 Act III: Duet: Ev'ry joy, that wisdom knows (Solomon, Queen of Sheba)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  66. 22 Act III: The name of the wicked shall quickly be past (Chorus of Israelites)

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  67. 23 Applause

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Claron McFadden, soprano - Roderick Williams, bass - Dominique Labelle, soprano - Winchester College Chapel Choir, Choir - Nicholas McGegan, Conductor - Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Michael Slattery, tenor

  • Beschreibung des Albums
  • 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.

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