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Solomon Box set

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  • Audio CD (March 2 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000JLFG
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Solomon: Overture (Grave) - Fuga Allegro Moderato - Allegro
2. Solomon: Act I: Chorus: Your Harps and Cymbals Sound
3. Solomon: Act I: Air: Praise Ye the Lord
4. Solomon: Act I: Chorus: With Pious Heart
5. Solomon: Act I: Air: Almighty Pow'r
6. Solomon: Act I: Accompagnato: Imperial Solomon
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Disc: 2
1. Solomon: Act II: Chorus: From the Censer Curling Rise
2. Solomon: Act II: Recitative: Prais'd Be the Lord
3. Solomon: Act II: Air: When the Sun O'er Yonder Hills
4. Solomon: Act II: Recitative: Great Prince
5. Solomon: Act II: Air: Thrice Bless'd That Wise Discerning King
6. Solomon: Act II: Recitative: My Sovereign Leige
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Disc: 3
1. Solomon: Symfony
2. Solomon: Recitative: From Arabia's Spicy Shores
3. Solomon: Air: Ev'ry Sight These Eyes Behold
4. Solomon: Recitative: Sweep, Sweep the String
5. Solomon: Air and Chorus: Music, Spread Thy Voice Around
6. Solomon: Air and Chorus: Now a Diff'rent Measure Try
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It's been conventional wisdom for several generations that Solomon, great oratorio though it may be, contains a lot of deadwood; conductors have regularly cut some items and changed the order of others. Leave it to Paul McCreesh to give us the complete score--and demonstrate that Handel's original structure makes plenty of sense and that every number is worthwhile. What's more, McCreesh's performance is two and a half hours of just about non-stop magnificence. You'd think nobody could surpass Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir for precision and energy, but the Gabrieli Consort & Players do it: they're wondrously vivid, responsive to nuance, and clear in their diction. (By the way, DG's recording has thrilling separation in the double choruses.) As marvellous as Gardiner's soloists are, McCreesh's are just about their equals (though Inger Dam-Jensen as Solomon's Queen lets vibrato get the better of her first aria); Susan Gritton, Paul Agnew, and Peter Harvey in particular combine beautiful sound and diction with imaginative embellishments. Then there's the title role: yes, Handel wrote it for a female mezzo, but Andreas Scholl gives such an attractive-sounding and spirited performance that any complaint of un-authenticity seems like pedantic caviling. --Matthew Westphal

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