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Handel: Solomon / McGegan, Mead, Labelle, McFadden, et al

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon, HWV 67
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With its splendidly colorful, finely balanced instrumentation, effective choral writing and virtuoso solos, the masterful oratorio Solomon displays the complete range and variety of Handel's expressive capabilities. This live recording presents Handel's original conception, without any deletions, which distinguishes it from other abridged or resequenced recordings. The superb soloists and ensembles are under the direction of the noted Handel scholar Nichalas McGegan.

BBC Music Magazine
Nicholas McGegan... conducting is light on its feet without ever sounding pressed. His soloists, bar for bar, match Reuss's in quality. Tim Mead's counter-tenor Solomon offers pleasing tone... Dominque Labelle sparkles as his consort while Claron McFadden's Queen of Sheba is as shiny as her Second Harlot is shrill. The general fluency of Michael Slattery's Zadok (as with Padmore) is only impeded when the notes come really thick and fast, and Roderick Williams's Levite is sonorous and smooth. Both sets are good, through neither quite matches Paul McCreesh's complete and colourful version, which also has the best sound.

Gramophone Magazine
McGegan... directs his responsive orchestra with his customary rhythmic verve and feeling for the grand gesture. He uses an all-male choir, as Handel himself did, often with memorable results... Though they could make more of their words, McGegan's sopranos are both fine (Dominique Labelle, with her not unattractive fast vibrato, is especially moving as the first harlot); and Roderick Williams sings with warm, firm tone as the Levite.


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>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon, HWV 67
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Timothy Mead (Countertenor); Michael Slattery (Tenor); Roderick Williams (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Göttingen Festival Orchestra
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: by 1749
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Live