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Samson Import

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Disc: 1
1. 1. Overture: Andante/Adagio/Allegro/Minuetto - The Symphony Of Harmony And Invention
2. 2. Recitative: 'This Day A Solemn Feast' - Thomas Randle
3. 3. Chorus Of Philistines: 'Awake The Trumpet's Lofty Sound' - The Sixteen
4. 4. Air: 'Ye Men Of Gaza' - Lynne Dawson
5. 5. Chorus Of Philistines: 'Awake The Trumpet's Lofty Sound!' - The Sixteen
6. 6. Air: 'Loud As The Thunder's Awful Sound' - Mark Padmore
See all 31 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. 31. Recitative: 'Despair Not Thus!' - Michael George Thomas Randle
2. 32. Air: 'Just Are The Ways Of God To Man,' - Michael George
3. 33. Recitative: 'My Evils Hopeless Are!' - Thomas Randle Catherine Wyn-Rogers
4. 34. Air: 'Return O God Of Hosts!'/35. Chorus And Micah: 'To Dust His Glory They Would Tread,' - The Sixteen Catherine Wyn-Rogers
5. 36. Recitative: 'But Who Is This,' - Catherine Wyn-Rogers Thomas Randle Lynda Russell
6. 37. Air: 'With Plaintive Notes' - Lynda Russell
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Disc: 3
1. 61. Recitative: 'More Trouble Is Behind;' - Catherine Wyn-Rogers Thomas Randle Jonathan Best
2. 62. Air: 'Presuming Slave,' - Jonathan Best
3. 63. Recitative: 'Reflect Then, Samson,' - Catherine Wyn-Rogers Thomas Randle
4. 64. Chorus: 'With Thunder Arm'd, Great God, Arise!' - The Sixteen
5. 65. Recitative: 'Be Of Good Courage;' - Thomas Randle Catherine Wyn-Rogers Jonathan Best
6. 66. Air: 'Thus When The Sun From's Wat'ry Bed,' - Thomas Randle
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Product Description

Samson is, along with Semele, the only Handel oratorio to have gotten a toe-hold in the modern operatic repertory. The seduction-and-destruction story of Samson and Delilah is certainly dramatic; the libretto is better than many Handel had to work with. How odd that it took until 1997 for Samson to get a period-instrument recording--fortunately, Harry Christophers's account was worth the wait, energetic and musical enough to hold attention throughout the oratorio's three and a half hours. Among the soloists, soprano Lynda Russell tames her sometimes-unruly vibrato to make a truly alluring Delilah, Thomas Randle is a brawny Samson, and Lynne Dawson is delightful as the Israelitish Woman and Philistine Woman, giving a gleaming performance of Samson's most famous aria, "Let the Bright Seraphim." --Matthew Westphal

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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Well sung April 17 1999
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I was bored. The quality of this oratorio is certainly below that of, say, Esther or Messiah. The recording still deserves five stars, because the performers didn't write the music, so it would be unfair to penalize them for the fact that I found the music to be under par. I like Harry Christophers, The Sixteen and the usual soloist crowd that frequently sings with them, that's why I bought this thing. I wasn't disappointed in the quality of their singing, but I wish they had applied their talents to some better composition.