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Handel: Samson. Album by The Sixteen

Handel: Samson. Album by The Sixteen

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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. Samson opens 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)