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CO 6121
 
Handel - Jephtha
Label Catalogue Number:
COR16121
Running Time: 168:10
UPC Code: 828021612121

Release Date: October 2014
Originally recorded in 2014
Solo Tenor - Jephtha
James Gilchrist
Solo Mezzo-soprano - Storgè
Susan Bickley
Solo Soprano - Iphis
Sophie Bevan
Solo Countertenor - Hamor
Robin Blaze
Solo Bass-baritone - Zebul
Matthew Brook
Solo Soprano - Angel
Grace Davidson
Choral
Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra
Conductor
Harry Christophers
Producer
Mark Brown
Engineer
Mike Hatch
Venue January 2014
St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London
Genre:
Opera

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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

Libretto by Thomas Morell

Jephtha - An oratorio in three parts

1.
Overture
7:31
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ACT ONE
SCENE 1
2.
Accompagnato (Zebul) - It must be so, or these vile Ammonites
4:18
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Chorus of Israelites - No more to Ammon's god and king
2:44
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SCENE 2
4.
Recitative (Zebul, Jephtha) - But Jephtha comes. Kind Heav'n, assait our plea
4:45
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Recitative (Storgè) - 'Twill be a painful separation, Jephtha
5:01
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SCENE 3
6.
Recitative (Hamor) - Happy this embassy, my charming Iphis
3:44
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7.
Recitative (Iphis) - Ill suits the voice of love when glory calls
3:37
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8.
Recitative (Hamor) - I go; my soul, inspir'd by the command
6:40
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SCENE 4
9.
Recitative (Jephtha) - What mean these doubtful fancies of the brain?
2:00
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Chorus of Israelites - O God, behold our sore distress
4:17
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SCENE 5
11.
Recitative (Storgè) - Some dire event hangs o'er our heads
4:57
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SCENE 6
12.
Recitative (Iphis, Storgè) - Say, my dear mother, whence these piercing cries
3:43
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SCENE 7
13.
Recitative (Zebul, Jephtha) - Such, Jephtha, was the haughty king's reply
5:14
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ACT TWO
SCENE 1
14.
Recitative (Hamor) - Glad things of great joy to thee, dear Iphis
1:19
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Chorus of Israelites - Cherub and seraphim, unbodied forms
3:17
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Air (Hamor) - Up the dreadful steep ascending
4:08
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17.
Recitative & Air (Iphis) - 'Tis well
5:13
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SCENE 2
18.
Recitative (Jephtha) - Heav'n smiles once more on His repentant people
5:56
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Chorus of Israelites - In glory high, in might serene
2:31
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SCENE 3
20.
Symphony
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21.
Recitative (Iphis) - Hail, glorious conqueror! Much lov'd father, hail!
4:19
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22.
Recitative (Jephtha) - Horror! Confusion! Harsh this music grates
4:52
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23.
Recitative (Zebul, Jephtha) - Why is my brother thus afflicted?
1:08
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24.
Accompagnato & Air (Storgè) - First perish thou, and perish all the world!
2:19
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25.
Recitative (Hamor) - If such thy cruel purpose, lo, your friend
2:10
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26.
Quartet (Storgè, Hamor, Jephtha, Zebul) - O spare your daughter
3:12
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SCENE 4
27.
Recitative (Iphis - Such news flies swift. I've heard the mournful cause
1:16
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28.
Air (Iphis) - Happy they; This vital breath
3:51
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29.
Accompagnato (Jephtha) - Deeper and deeper still, thy goodness, child
3:17
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30.
Chorus of Israelites - How dark, O Lord, are Thy decrees
7:27
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ACT THREE
SCENE 1
31.
Air (Jephtha) - Hide thou thy hated beams, O sun, in clouds
2:43
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32.
Accompagnato (Jephtha) - A father, off'ring up his only child
5:18
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33.
Accompagnato (Iphis) - Ye sacred priests, whose hands ne'er yet were stain'd
5:33
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34.
Chorus of Priests - Doubtful fear and rev'rent awe
3:56
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35.
Sinfonia
2:40
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36.
Recitative (Angel) - Rise, Jephtha, and ye rev'rend priests, withhold
5:15
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37.
Air (Jephtha) - For ever blessed be Thy hold name
1:01
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38.
Chorus of Priests - Theme sublime of endless praise
3:16
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SCENE 2
39.
Recitative (Zebul) - Let me congratulate this happy turn
2:39
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40.
Recitative (Storgè) - Oh, let me fold thee in a mother's arms
2:47
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41.
Recitative (Hamor) - With transport, Iphis, I behold thy safety
5:26
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42.
Recitative (Iphis) - My faithful Hamor, may that Providence
3:51
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43.
Chorus of Israelites - Ye house of Gilead, with one voice
3:50
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Appendix: additional air for Zebul
44.
Recitative (Zebul) - Again Heav'n smiles
4:01
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Total time: 168:10
Solo: James Gilchrist Tenor - Jephtha
Solo: Susan Bickley Mezzo-soprano - Storgè
Solo: Sophie Bevan Soprano - Iphis
Solo: Robin Blaze Countertenor - Hamor
Solo: Matthew Brook Bass-baritone - Zebul
Solo: Grace Davidson Soprano - Angel
Choral: Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Harry Christophers

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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

Libretto by Thomas Morell

Jephtha - An oratorio in three parts

1.
Overture
7:31
ACT ONE
SCENE 1
2.
Accompagnato (Zebul) - It must be so, or these vile Ammonites
4:18
3.
Chorus of Israelites - No more to Ammon's god and king
2:44
SCENE 2
4.
Recitative (Zebul, Jephtha) - But Jephtha comes. Kind Heav'n, assait our plea
4:45
5.
Recitative (Storgè) - 'Twill be a painful separation, Jephtha
5:01
SCENE 3
6.
Recitative (Hamor) - Happy this embassy, my charming Iphis
3:44
7.
Recitative (Iphis) - Ill suits the voice of love when glory calls
3:37
8.
Recitative (Hamor) - I go; my soul, inspir'd by the command
6:40
SCENE 4
9.
Recitative (Jephtha) - What mean these doubtful fancies of the brain?
2:00
10.
Chorus of Israelites - O God, behold our sore distress
4:17
SCENE 5
11.
Recitative (Storgè) - Some dire event hangs o'er our heads
4:57
SCENE 6
12.
Recitative (Iphis, Storgè) - Say, my dear mother, whence these piercing cries
3:43
SCENE 7
13.
Recitative (Zebul, Jephtha) - Such, Jephtha, was the haughty king's reply
5:14
ACT TWO
SCENE 1
14.
Recitative (Hamor) - Glad things of great joy to thee, dear Iphis
1:19
15.
Chorus of Israelites - Cherub and seraphim, unbodied forms
3:17
16.
Air (Hamor) - Up the dreadful steep ascending
4:08
17.
Recitative & Air (Iphis) - 'Tis well
5:13
SCENE 2
18.
Recitative (Jephtha) - Heav'n smiles once more on His repentant people
5:56
19.
Chorus of Israelites - In glory high, in might serene
2:31
SCENE 3
20.
Symphony
1:08
21.
Recitative (Iphis) - Hail, glorious conqueror! Much lov'd father, hail!
4:19
22.
Recitative (Jephtha) - Horror! Confusion! Harsh this music grates
4:52
23.
Recitative (Zebul, Jephtha) - Why is my brother thus afflicted?
1:08
24.
Accompagnato & Air (Storgè) - First perish thou, and perish all the world!
2:19
25.
Recitative (Hamor) - If such thy cruel purpose, lo, your friend
2:10
26.
Quartet (Storgè, Hamor, Jephtha, Zebul) - O spare your daughter
3:12
SCENE 4
27.
Recitative (Iphis - Such news flies swift. I've heard the mournful cause
1:16
28.
Air (Iphis) - Happy they; This vital breath
3:51
29.
Accompagnato (Jephtha) - Deeper and deeper still, thy goodness, child
3:17
30.
Chorus of Israelites - How dark, O Lord, are Thy decrees
7:27
ACT THREE
SCENE 1
31.
Air (Jephtha) - Hide thou thy hated beams, O sun, in clouds
2:43
32.
Accompagnato (Jephtha) - A father, off'ring up his only child
5:18
33.
Accompagnato (Iphis) - Ye sacred priests, whose hands ne'er yet were stain'd
5:33
34.
Chorus of Priests - Doubtful fear and rev'rent awe
3:56
35.
Sinfonia
2:40
36.
Recitative (Angel) - Rise, Jephtha, and ye rev'rend priests, withhold
5:15
37.
Air (Jephtha) - For ever blessed be Thy hold name
1:01
38.
Chorus of Priests - Theme sublime of endless praise
3:16
SCENE 2
39.
Recitative (Zebul) - Let me congratulate this happy turn
2:39
40.
Recitative (Storgè) - Oh, let me fold thee in a mother's arms
2:47
41.
Recitative (Hamor) - With transport, Iphis, I behold thy safety
5:26
42.
Recitative (Iphis) - My faithful Hamor, may that Providence
3:51
43.
Chorus of Israelites - Ye house of Gilead, with one voice
3:50
Appendix: additional air for Zebul
44.
Recitative (Zebul) - Again Heav'n smiles
4:01
Total time: 168:10
Solo: James Gilchrist Tenor - Jephtha
Solo: Susan Bickley Mezzo-soprano - Storgè
Solo: Sophie Bevan Soprano - Iphis
Solo: Robin Blaze Countertenor - Hamor
Solo: Matthew Brook Bass-baritone - Zebul
Solo: Grace Davidson Soprano - Angel
Choral: Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Harry Christophers




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