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  • Performer: Scholl, Wemyss, Junge Kantorei & Barockorchester, Frankfurt, Ma Wolak
  • Composer: Handel
  • Audio CD (July 25 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
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Disc: 1
1. Ouverture
2. Allegro
3. Chorus Of Priests: Your Harps And Cymbals Sound
4. Air: Praise Ye The Lord
5. Chorus Of Priests: With Pious Hearts
6. Accompagnato: Almighy Pow'r!
7. Recitative: Imperial Solomon
8. Air: Sacred Raptures
9. Chorus Of Israelites: Throughout The Land Jehovah's Praise
10. Recitative: Bless'd Be The Lord
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Recitative: What Says The Other
2. Air: Thy Sentence, Great King
3. Recitative: Withhold The Executing Hand
4. Air: Can I See My Infant Gor'd
5. Accompagnato: Israel, Attend
6. Duet: Thrice Bless'd Be The King
7. Chorus Of Israelites: From The East Unto The West
8. Recitative: From Morn To Eve
9. Air: See The Tall Palm
10. Recitative: No More Shall Armed Bands
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Product Description

Ewa Wolak (Solomon) - Eilsabeth Scholl (Seconde femme) - Nicola Wemyss (Nicaule)... / Junge Kantorei, Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra, dir. Joachim Carlos Martini

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4327ad4) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa432a864) out of 5 stars Pass This One By Aug. 3 2006
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am at a loss as to how the producers of this set thought this recording of a live performance of Handel's 'Solomon' could compete with its two outstanding previous recordings, both still available. Although it is cut (three arias are omitted as I recall), Gardiner's 1990 set raised the bar pretty high. Then Paul McCreesh (with Andreas Scholl singing Solomon) came along and bettered it. This woeful set, though, hardly makes it into the arena before it goes thud.

In all departments the two earlier recordings outpace this set from Germany. The orchestras are far superior, the singers likewise, and both conductors have Handel's rhythms in their bones where conductor Joachim Carlos Martini too often trudges. From Track 1, with an Ouverture that threatens to fall of its own weight, and onward, we are too often left without the wonder and delight of this score.

My strongest complaint has to do with the weak, poorly controlled soprano of Elisabeth Scholl who tries and fails to sing one of Handel's greatest arias, the Queen's 'Bless'd be the day.' Utter disappointment there. As she also sings the Second Woman in the scene where King Solomon settles the dispute between the two women claiming to be a baby's mother, that scene is etiolated by her singing and Martini's slow tempo.

In all fairness, the Solomon of Polish contralto Ewa Wolak has some wonderful moments, as does the Zadok the Priest of Knut Schech. Scottish soprano Nicola Wemyss sings the Queen of Sheba and of all the singers has the most understandable diction, but her coloratura slogs where it should sparkle and she has no trill.

The main reason for anyone to buy this set would financial; it costs about half what the others do. But that's a weak recommendation, particularly when you factor in the somewhat mushy cathedral sound. Save your pennies and get one of the others.

Scott Morrison
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa432ad14) out of 5 stars My purchase of Handel's Oratorio, "Solomon". Jan. 12 2008
By A. Delvecchio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am extremely happy with the recording quality of the oratorio, considering I only paid $17 for the CD brand new. I am pleased with how punctual the delivery was, recieving my order right on time, and in perfect condition.
I reccomend this product to other Amazon customers, the quality is very good.