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Handel: Jephtha / Fabio Biondi,

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  1. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Menuet $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 1: Accompagnato: It must be so, or these vile Ammonites (Zebul) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 2: Recitative: But Jephtha comes (Zebul, Jephtha) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 2: Air: Virtue my soul shall still embrace (Jephtha) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Twill be a painful separation, Jephtha (Storge) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 2: Air: In gentle murmurs will I mourn (Storge) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Happy this embassy, my charming Iphis (Hamor) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Air: Dull delay, in piercing anguish (Hamor) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Ill suits the voice of love (Iphis) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Air: Take the heart you fondly gave (Iphis) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Duet: These labours past, how happy we (Iphis, Hamor) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 4: Recitative: What mean these doubtful fancies of the brain? (Jephtha) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 4: O God, behold our sore distress (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 5: Air: Scenes of horror, scenes of woe (Storge) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 6: Recitative: Say, my dear mother, whence these piercing cries (Iphis, Storge) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 6: Air: The smiling dawn of happy days (Iphis) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 7: When his loud voice in thunder spoke (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Glad tidings of great joy to thee, dear Iphis (Hamor) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Cherub and Seraphim, unbodied forms (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Air: Up the dreadful steep ascending (Hamor) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Tis well. Haste, haste, ye maidens (Iphis) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Air: Tune the soft melodious lute (Iphis) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 2: Air: His mighty arm, with sudden blow (Jephtha) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 2: In glory high, in might serene (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Symphony $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Hail, glorious conqueror! (Iphis) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Air and Chorus: Welcome, as the cheerful light … Welcome thou, whose deeds conspire (Iphis, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Horror! Confusion! (Jephtha) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Air: Open thy marble jaws, O tomb (Jephtha) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Why is my brother thus afflicted? (Zebul, Jephtha) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Accompagnato and Arioso: First perish thou, and perish all the world! - Let other creatures (Storge) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Recitative: If such thy cruel purpose, lo, your friend (Hamor) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Air: On me let blind mistaken zeal (Hamor) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Quartet: O spare your daughter! (Storge, Hamor, Jephtha, Zebul) $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: Recitative: Such news flies swift (Iphis) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: Air: Happy they! (Iphis) $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: Accompagnato: Deeper and deeper still, thy goodness, child (Jephtha) $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: How dark, O Lord, are thy decrees! (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Arioso: Hide thou thy hated beams (Jephtha) $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Air: Waft her, angels, through the skies (Jephtha) $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Air: Farewell, ye limpid springs and floods (Iphis) $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Handel — Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Doubtful fear and reverend awe (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes

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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Works Details

>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