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Handel: Samson

Handel: Samson

COR16008

£14.50

Three-CD Set

Samson proved to be one of Handel's most popular oratorios during his lifetime, composed within weeks of Messiah. Thomas Randle sings a commanding title role ('Samson with attitude...': The Independent), with Lynda Russell's vocally seductive Dalila, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers' rich and expressive Micah. Samsonopens with a pagan festival and closes with an elegy. Its finale is rightly established as one of the most famous arias of all time. 'Let the bright Seraphim in burning row/ Their loud, uplifted angel-trumpets blow.'

Thomas Randle tenor 
Samson
Mark Padmore tenor Israelite man, Philistine man
Lynda Russell soprano Dalila
Lynne Dawson soprano Israelite woman, Philistine woman, Virgin
Catherine Wyn-Rogers alto Micah
Matthew Vine tenor Messenger 
Michael George bass Manoa
Jonathan Best bass Harapha
The Sixteen
The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
Harry Christophers

'Powerful choral singing from The Sixteen and alert playing by the period-instrument band make this the most pleasurable Samson yet recorded.' Sunday Times

'I was struck by the unusual clarity of the texture in the choruses, attributable to Christophers' direction and insistence on firm tone and incisive articulation and to the work of the engineers. Altogether a welcome issue.' Gramophone

Track Listing:

CDs 1-3
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Samson

TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 2hrs 25mins

 


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