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Handel: Samson / McGegan, Cooley, Daneman, Gottwald, Berger, et al

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson, HWV 57
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

English texts are included in this recording of Handel's oratorio 'Samson'. This is a live recording made in the Frauenkirche Dresden on June 5-6, 2008.

BBC Music Magazine
Thomas Cooley makes a tragic Samson, from his first soliloquy on his mental anguish, through a heart-rending 'Total eclipse' to his humility and returning strength in Act III. Sophie Daneman is a convincing Dalila, though every sustained note acquires a rather prominent vibrato. Doubling as 'An Israelite woman' in Act III, her first passage-work in 'Let the bright Seraphim' is thrilling. Nicholas McGegan's chorus numbers almost 50, large by today's fashion, but transparent and characterful in its roles as Israelites and Philistines...The SACD recording retains crystal clarity in the dangerously reverberant acoustic of Dresden's Frauenkirche.

Gramophone Magazine
Nicholas McGegan's pacing and conducting of the arias and choruses... is exemplary. The Göttingen Handel Festival Orchestra play with plenty of expertise and personality... Thomas Cooley is the finest Samson on disc since Anthony Rolfe Johnson... sensitively singing his farewell aria "Thus when the sun", but also bringing plenty of colour and animation to athletic music.


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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson, HWV 57
  • Performers: William Berger (Bass); Thomas Cooley (Tenor); Sophie Daneman (Soprano); Wolf Friedrich (Bass); Franziska Gottwald (Alto); Nicholas McGegan (Harpsichord); Michael Slattery (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Göttingen Festival Orchestra
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: by 1743
  • Studio/Live: Live