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Handel: Great Oratorio Duets / Sampson, Blaze, Kraemer

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha
>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua
>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61
>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna, HWV 66
>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Handel, George Frideric : Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74
>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
>Handel, George Frideric : Deborah, HWV 51
>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander Balus
>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander's Feast, HWV 75
>Handel, George Frideric : Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b
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Notes & Reviews:

Import Hybrid-SACD pressing.

BBC Music Magazine
The duets selected here... form an attractive programme, especially when the two voices are as well blended and as perfectly in tune as Carolyn Sampson's and Robin Blaze's. ... whether the mood is languid and sensual, as in Solomon, spiritual (Theodora) or consolatory (the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne), the performances, as well as Handel's music, are entirely apt.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Great Oratorio Duets'? It seems a strange concept at first - not many of these pieces have made an individual name for themselves just yet... The music, meanwhile, does indeed have greatness. The vocal style of Handel's English oratorios does not recreate the virtuoso flashiness of the Italian operas but speaks in a more direct, lyrical manner, expressing with unimpeachable honesty all the sympathy and human understanding for which their composer is so revered. The majority here are love duets, but with what variety, from carefree (examples from Jephtha and Susanna) to chaste (Deborah) to ambiguously melancholy (Joshua and Saul). The forgiveness duet from Esther is indescribably tender (especially in this performance), the duet from Saul in which a love-drunk David is reluctant to leave when warned by his fiancée of approaching danger is effortlessly theatrical, and the two duets for the doomed lovers from Theo-dora are works of pure and noble genius. If the performances in these last do not quite reach the heartbreaking intensity of which Peter Sellars's Glyndebourne production proved them capable, it is hard to see how that could ever be achieved in a recital; Sampson and Blaze surely manage as well as anyone ever could. With intelligent, kind-hearted accompaniments from Nicholas Kraemer and the OAE, this is a truly beautiful Handel recording, a disc to give pleasure for years to come.

Gramophone Magazine
Carolyn Sampson's voice is bright and clear yet warmed by judiciously selected and moderated vibrato, while Robin Blaze has a more distinctively tangy sound, but they fit each other well and in their faultless display of Handelian style, lyricism and warmth they are in total mental and spiritual accord. With intelligent, kind-hearted accompaniments from Nicholas Kraemer and the OAE, this is a truly beautiful Handel recording, a disc to give pleasure for years to come.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Jephtha :: These labours past
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1752.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1752

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua :: Oh peerless maid
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747

>Handel, George Frideric : Joshua :: Our limpid streams
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1747

>Handel, George Frideric : Belshazzar, HWV 61 :: Great victor, at your feet I bow
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna, HWV 66 :: When thou art nigh
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Susanna, HWV 66 :: To my chaste Susanna's praise
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora :: To thee, thou glorious son of worth
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Theodora :: Streams of pleasure ever flowing
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Welcome as the dawn of day
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Ev'ry joy that wisdom knows
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74 :: Kind Health descends
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: O fairest of ten thousand fair
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: At persecution I can laugh
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Deborah, HWV 51 :: Where do thy ardours raise me!
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1733

>Handel, George Frideric : Deborah, HWV 51 :: Smiling freedom, lovely guest
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1733

>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander Balus :: Hail wedded love
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1747.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1747

>Handel, George Frideric : Alexander's Feast, HWV 75 :: Let's imitate her notes above
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Esther, oratorio, HWV 50b :: Who calls my parting soul
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1732.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1732