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Handel: Jephtha / Fabio Biondi,

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>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
>Sound, Recorded : Applause

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
>Sound, Recorded : Applause
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
He has actually been conductor of the Stavanger orchestra since early 1995. This is his first recorded venture into Handel's English oratorios. At first swallow, Biondi seems to have made a fine debut in all this. He has assembled an international cast of singers. His star, of course, is Gilchrist, whose earnest portrayal of the tormented Jephtha combines dramatic feeling with outstanding diction. Ainsley he has one of the best Jephthas on records. The BIS set comes with full text. Tightly packed into two discs, it has also been marketed at two-discs-for-the-price-of-one, which would make it one of the top bargains in the Handel discography.

BBC Music Magazine
The expressive singing of Collegium Vocale Gent is one of the most attractive elements in Fabio Biondi's live recording of Jephtha. The choir sound more freethan they do under their founder, Philippe Herreweghe...Biondi is a meticulous orchestral trainer. Stavanger Symphony Orchestra adapts well to the stylistic demands of this work.

Classic FM Magazine
James Gilchrist's Jephtha shows tangible horror at his backfired vow...Mona Julsrud is believable as the butter-wouldn't-melt daughter...Biondi whips the Gent chorus into fruity Israelites.

Gramophone Magazine
The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra plays modern instruments in an authoritative baroque style; the crisp overture is neatly detailed...Gilchrist's rapid passagework and florid cadenza in "His mighty arm" are marvellous. The Norwegians Marianne B Kielland and Mona Julsrud are on vibrant form in the love duet "These labours past".

International Record Review
Biondi is always a dramatically alert Handelian...I can't fault Gilchrist's beautiful singing of 'Waft her, angels'...It's the crowning moment of a very fine performance. Norwegian soprano Mona Julsrud's bright bell-like tone is perfect for Iphis's 'The smiling dawn of happy days' and 'Tune the soft melodious flute' and there is genuine poignancy as she faces the sacrificial knife.

The Telegraph
This spirited live performance is to be welcomed. James Gilchrist makes a stylish Jephtha, adequately supported by Scandinavian soloists. But the best singing comes from the Collegium Vocale Gent, which is stunning in the magnificent choruses.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway (02/07/2008); Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway (2008-08-29&2008-09-01&2008-).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Ensemble: Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway (02/07/2008); Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway (2008-08-29&2008-09-01&2008-)
  • Running Time: 144 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Ensemble: Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway (02/07/2008); Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway (2008-08-29&2008-09-01&2008-)
  • Period Time: Contemporary